Both sides looking for their first ever European Cup/Champions league title. It is firmly advantage City after the first leg semi final after a second half capitulation by the home side in Paris. Where did it all go wrong for PSG? Well safe to say that they showed their nerves to a hungry lion and that lion replied the best way they know how. What a God awful time to concede an equalizer, 64 minutes in , your team looking comfortable, City not setting the stage alight. To compound the misery, the goal could have been prevented had Navas been more decisive early instead he chose to do nothing.
Marquinhos was the scorer again as he did against Bayern in the previous round. The Brazilian losing his static markers to head home on 15. The importance of not conceding an away goal in the first leg cannot be overstated. With the match at 1-1, the tie would have been poised for a humdinger of a second leg at the Etihad. Mahrez effectively killed off the tie with an unlikely dead ball execution. A free kick just outside the box normally calls for Kevin De Bruyne’s right foot. The Algerian surprised everyone with a swipe of a left foot which found a gap between the players in the PSG wall to beat Navas again. By the time that goal went in , Paris had lost all their discipline of the first half. Losing possession cheaply, failing to find the dangerous front pair of Mbappe and Neymar. Idrissa Gueye formerly of Everton got his marching orders for a dangerous tackle on 77 minutes probably losing his patience , trying to retrieve the ball when there was no prospect of success.
City now set for a historic first ever UCL final in Istanbul unless a miracle of seismic proportions that will ripple through the land of world soccer happens next week. PSG would know all about overturned deficits, they blew a 2-0 away first leg lead two seasons ago against Manchester United. They will do well to take that inspiration to Manchester.