Matchday two of this season’s Champions League group stage is a great showdown tonight as PSG host Man City.
Finalists defeated last year, Pep Guardiola’s team got off to an exciting start in their latest quest for an elusive first success in the competition by beating RB Leipzig 6-3 in a corker at the Etihad.
The Parisians, however, did not get off to an ideal start as they were in the hands of Club Brugge, despite Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar starting together on the same team for the first time.
Messi’s beginning of life in the French capital has not been easy at all, with a race to get fit after a preseason lack, rumors of an early fight with Mauricio Pochettino, and then a knee injury that initially put him down. in doubt for this match. hindering the former Barcelona player.
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32 minutes: Okay, hit this. Grealish picks Hakimi up for the umpteenth time, but simply leaves him to Cancelo, who hits him for the first time, but is too close to Donnarumma despite having a lot behind him.
30 minutes: Both Laporte and Dias want penalties, as they are held back by their markers in the resulting corner, but the referee does not see anything wrong in real time and the VAR does not consider an intervention necessary either.
29 minutes: More pressure from the city now. Kimpembe is caught by a combination of Sterling and Bernardo and ultimately it’s a rebound from Herrera that could have gone anywhere but swerves for a corner.
26 minutes: How is this ?!
Kevin de Bruyne throws a wonderful ball into the middle from the outside of his boot as Sterling hits a header off the crossbar. The rebound comes to Bernardo, genuinely three yards away with the net wide open, and the Portuguese lifts it to the crossbar for the second time.
24 minutes: Here’s the first yellow card of the night and it came in quite predictable fashion when Cancelo knocked out Mbappé, with the Frenchman in danger of fleeing at halftime.
20 minutes: City have responded well to the goal and in the last ten minutes PSG have not managed to get out of their half. The pressure is mounting, although they have yet to create an opportunity to be noticed.
Ugh, they almost have now. Cancelo makes a magnificent low pass from behind from deep and Bernardo is waiting to put it in until Mendes reaches out to hit it over his own bar.
18 minutes: Jack Grealish is quite furious when Verratti approaches and clearly fouls him in his attempt to steal possession, but there is nothing to be done.
14 minutes: With the score at 1-0 and not even a quarter of an hour elapsed, Neymar just tried his first rainbow of the night. However, Rodri gets to the ball before him, and I suspect there could be a big challenge in the Brazilian’s path the next time someone gets the chance.
12 minutes: As expected, the Parc des Princes is now bouncing even more than it was before the start. Premier League watchers won’t remember Gueye for his goal threat during his time at Everton, but that’s actually his fourth goal of the season for PSG.
OBJECTIVE! PSG 1-0 Man City | Idrissa Gueye 8 ‘
Dream start for the hosts!
Hakimi and Mbappé combine on the right and the latter falls back for Neymar, who is completely wrong, but it doesn’t matter because Gueye comes behind him to fire an impressive effort towards the top corner.