Man City v PSG: Match Review.
Man City's cohesive unit dismantle and outclass PSG's star studded lineup in a 2-1 win in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Group A encounter with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus securing top spot for the Citizens.
The opening half kicked off with Man City pinning the victors in their own half and Oleks Zinchenko deployed into midfield leading the press with the ever so energetic Bernardo Silva.
PSG were hoping to regain control of Group A by building on their victory over City from the reverse fixture at the Parc des Princes where Idrissa Gueye and Messi found the net in a 2-0 win.
However, it was the Citizens who dominated the opening 45 minutes with Ilkay Gundogan striking the post and Riyad Mahrez forcing a dramatic headed clearance from Achraf Hakimi.
On the other end of the field PSG's superstar attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe attempted to break on the counter at every opportunity but Man City had full control of the game.
PSG were able to hang on until half-time with the scores at 0-0 and it stood them in good stead for the second-half where Kylian Mbappe broke the deadlock 5 minutes in after Messi's low deflected drive found him unmarked at the far post.
City kept on pushing for a goal and nearly got one in the 62nd minute through Mahrez only for Keylor Navas to deny the Argentine a deserved goal for his fantastic performance on the night.
PSG's advantage lasted for less than 15 minute as Man City eventually found an equalizer in the 63rd minute after Rodri's superb ball unlocked a run from Kyle Walker into the penalty area, which allowed Raheem Sterling to forced the ball in off the post.
After the equalizer Man City turned up the pressure and started looking for a second and nearly found it but Keylor Navas was quick to deny Gabriel Jesus's snapshot in the 70th minute.
Neymar however nearly put the French giants back on top after skipping through City's back line with a neat one-two but then dragged his shot wide.
Just minutes after Neymar had missed a golden opportunity to fire PSG into the lead, Man City made sure they didn't spurn their own chance to score. Mahrez had whipped the ball towards the back post, Silva with an inhuman first touch immaculately weighed the ball towards Jesus in the centre who made no mistake and smashed home from 6 yards.
It the perfect example of how the simplest of skills can have the most devastating of effects. When you take into account how remarkably skilled and talented Bernardo Silva is you shouldn't be surprised.