PSG will be looking to overturn a 2-1 first-leg defeat to Manchester City when both sides meet later today in the second leg of the Uefa Champions League semi-final. The French side faces an uphill task to qualify for their second consecutive Champions League final after losing the first leg 2-1 at home to City.
PSG had raced into an early lead in the 15th minute of the game when captain Marquinhos, headed the ball into the back of the net following a cross from Angel Di Maria's corner. However, two second-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne ( 64 ) and Riyad Mahrez ( 71 ) saw City run out 2-1 winners, in a match where PSG midfielder Idriss Gueye was sent off for a bad tackle on City's Ilkay Gundogan.
Today's match will be the fourth time both sides will be meeting in the Champions League with PSG yet to win against the Citizens in 3 attempts so far ( L2, D1 ).
The last time both sides met at the Etihad was in the second leg of the 2015/16 Champions League quarter-final, where City ran out 1-0 winners courtesy of a 76th minute strike from Kevin De Bruyne to knock PSG out of the competition, after playing out a 2-2 draw in the first leg in France.
City, then managed by Manuel Pellegrini, got into the match on the back of a 2-1 win against West Brom in the Epl at the weekend. They missed the chance to go ahead when striker Sergio Aguero, missed from the spot after he was brought down by PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp In the 30th minute of the game.
French side PSG could not take advantage of their dominance in the first half and could only create a handful of chances with Joe Hart tipping over a goal-bound Zlatan Ibrahimovic freekick, in what was the away team's best effort of the first half. City meanwhile, had the better opportunities of the first half and came close to scoring when Sergio missed a penalty as the first half ended goalless.
PSG continued their quest for an away goal after the break and were denied by goalkeeper Joe Hart when he parried away a Zlatan Ibrahimovic freekick after City midfielder Fernandinho, had brought down Edison Cavani.
Moments later, the Les Parisiens had a goal ruled out for offside after some beautiful work from Ibrahimovic and Cavani put Lucas Moura through on goal as he slotted the ball into an empty net, only for the offside flag to be raised as Edison Cavani was adjudged to be offside in the build-up to the goal. Thiago Silva's header was also saved by Joe Hart following a corner from Lucas Moura.
The only goal of the game, came in the 76th minute when City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, fired home from few yards out after been set up by teammate Fernando. The goal meant City had one leg in the semifinals with few minutes to go, and PSG now needed to score 2 goals, and avoid conceding if they were to qualify for the semifinals.
A few minutes later, PSG were denied an equalizer as Edison Cavani saw his effort from close range saved by Joe Hart after been played through on goal by Lucas Moura and Ibrahimovic also had a goal ruled out for offside in the closing stages of the game.
The game ended 1-0 as City qualified 3-2 on aggregate for their first-ever Uefa Champions League semifinals. They were however knocked out of the competition by eventual winners Real Madrid.
A repeat of this scoreline today or even a draw will see City qualify for their first-ever Champions League final and PSG will be denied a chance to qualify for their second UCL final in 2 years.
The match comes up later today at 8 pm.
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