Man City take top spot, PSG through despite defeat

Manchester City got here from behind to safe top spot in Group A with a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain as either side certified for the Champions League final 16 on Wednesday.

Kylian Mbappe put the French giants in entrance towards the run of play 5 minutes into the second half.

But PSG run the danger of being drawn towards the likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea or Liverpool within the final 16 after Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus turned the sport round for the English champions.

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino needed to fend off questions in his pre-match press convention over whether or not he could also be making a everlasting transfer to Manchester to take over the vacant managerial function at United.

The Argentine’s first yr within the French capital has been removed from plain crusing despite a 11-point lead on the top of Ligue 1.

Lionel Messi’s arrival to kind a fearsome entrance three alongside Mbappe and Neymar has heaped expectation upon Pochettino to ship a primary Champions League crown to Paris.

The blessing and curse of that richly-talented trio was in proof because the guests have been largely overrun however all of a sudden clicked to create the opening aim.

City’s collective cohesion had the higher of the conflict of types, however lacked the medical edge supplied by PSG’s Galacticos.

Presnel Kimpembe cleared Rodri’s goalbound header off the road earlier than Achraf Hakimi did likewise to show Riyad Mahrez’s shot that was destined for the top nook over the bar.

Despite lacking the midfield trio of Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, City have been nonetheless creating probabilities at will as Messi, Neymar and Mbappe did little to assist their teammates defend.

Ilkay Gundogan had the hosts’ finest probability earlier than the break, however his curling effort got here crashing again off the submit.

Mbappe wasted the one alternative PSG did muster within the first half as he pounced on a John Stones mistake, however fired over.

The Frenchman was not so wasteful 5 minutes after the break as he drilled low through Ederson’s legs from Messi’s deflected cross.

But the sample of the sport remained unchanged as City charged ahead and at last discovered a means through.

Kyle Walker’s cross escaped Jesus, however rolled kindly for Sterling to prod in simply his fourth aim of the season on the again submit.

Keylor Navas then produced a surprising finger-tip save to disclaim Jesus.

Pochettino responded by introducing Angel Di Maria so as to add to his attacking trident and he teed up Neymar with an awesome probability to revive PSG’s lead, just for the Brazilian to fit broad with simply his worldwide teammate Ederson to beat.

Moments later one other slick group transfer from City created a deserved winner.

Mahrez’s cross to the again submit picked out Bernardo Silva, who nonchalantly turned the ball again into the trail of Jesus to calmly slot residence.

Victory provides City an unassailable four-point lead on the top of the part with only one recreation to go.

But RB Leipzig’s 5-0 thrashing of Club Brugge means PSG are additionally assured to go through in second place.

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