Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) met at the Etihad Stadium in a tense UEFA Champions League group stage match. The home team mounted an incredible comeback to win 2-1 in what turned out to be a thrilling football game, particularly in the second half.
In the first half at the Etihad Stadium, PSG’s star-studded front-three of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe displayed flashes of brilliance but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net. On the other hand, the visitors had their moments, but they weren’t as dominant as they had been before the break.
Mbappe broke the deadlock from close range in the second half, making it an enjoyable moment. PSG took the lead when the Frenchman grabbed onto a Messi pass. He became the second-youngest player in UEFA Champions League history to reach 50 appearances.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team appeared to be on their way to a famous away victory, but Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus hit back in style to reverse the tide in their favour. PSG had a solid start to the second half, but Manchester City gradually gained control of the game and rightfully collected the points to advance to the knockout stages.
Messi was the show star in the opposite fixture, but the Argentine great could not lead his team to a crucial victory in Europe. He had an assist early in the second half, but that was it for him on the night, as PSG struggled once again away from home against one of the traditional giants.
Despite losing on the night, PSG is through to the knockout stages with eight points from five games, with Leipzig’s victory over Club Brugge officially destroying the Belgian club’s hopes of qualifying.
On the other hand, Messi will attempt to score against St-Etienne in a Ligue 1 match this weekend, just as he did against Nantes the previous weekend. On November 29th, the former Barcelona player is anticipated to win his eighth Ballon d’Or, beating off Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and others to the coveted award.