Published on April 7th, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
PSG 2-2 Manchester City – Report & Ratings
Manuel Pellegrini will certainly be the happier of the two managers as Manchester City bagged 2 away goals and a draw in a scrappy game at the Parc des Princes
City’s bright opening stunned the French side as David Luiz was booked after just 12 seconds, meaning he misses the second leg next week, but PSG soon grew in confidence and threatened Joe Hart’s goal.
However, it was the Blues who broke the deadlock thanks to Kevin de Bruyne’s clinical finish, which happened just moments after Joe Hart saved Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty at the other end.
The Swede soon got his revenge though, as he capitalized on Fernando’s defensive blunder to put the scores level before the break. The ball fell kindly to Adrien Rabiot in the second half to put the French champions in front, but there was one last twist as Fernandinho’s scuffed effort gave City a potentially vital second away goal.
The second leg takes place at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, 12 April.
Fun fact: teams who have drawn the first leg 2-2 away from home in European competition have progressed on 220 out of 277 previous occasions (a 79.4% success rate) – will City be able to continue that rate on Tuesday?
Gotta give are all and make the best of what's left to play. Lads did well. Gotta carry on. #MCFC
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) April 6, 2016
We've obtained a good result but it'll only matter if we finish the job at home. This is the right track. #CMONCITY
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) April 6, 2016
Joe Hart – 8
Saved a penalty, couldn’t do much about their first goal and made a few good saves.
Bacary Sagna – 7
Although it wasn’t a penalty, the Frenchman should have known better than to stick his leg out in the box. Other than that he had a decent match.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6
Sloppy play nearly resulted in a goal, over-committed himself too many times.
Eliaquim Mangala – 8
One of his better performances for the club, made a couple of crucial clearances and used his strength well.
Gael Clichy – 7
Solid performance from the Frenchman, apart from his unnecessary yellow card.
Fernando – 7
Broke up play well in midfield, but his terrible mistake resulted in PSG’s equalizer at a crucial point in the match.
Fernandinho – 8
Never gave up, was rewarded with a goal and an assist.
Jesus Navas – 7
His inch-perfect cross wasn’t converted by David Silva, other than that a fairly quiet match for the Spaniard.
Kevin de Bruyne – 8
Stayed calm under pressure and expertly finished his goal, was a threat all night.
David Silva – 7
Missed a few great chances and still hasn’t quite hit full form, but showed signs of improvement.
Sergio Aguero – 7
An unusually quiet game from the Argentine, made a few good runs but the supply wasn’t always there.
Aleksander Kolarov – N/A
Came on in added time.
Wilfried Bony – N/A
Also came on late, but needed to be more careful in possession while PSG were pressing for a winner.
Fabian Delph – 7
Needed an extra body in midfield when PSG started turning up the gas, saw the game out.