PSG 2-0 Man City stands out and reaction when Lionel Messi and Idrissa Gueye attack for Paris

Pep Guardiola was unable to plan another victory over Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 tonight when Manchester City was defeated by the French giants in an entertaining Champions League clash.

Town won at home and away against PSG earlier this year in the last season Champions League semifinals, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men adding Lionel messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnaruma, Gini Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi during the summer in response.

Messi started the game, along with Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, while Guardiola named Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in his starting eleven.

PSG started well, scoring through Idrissa Gueye, while City should have entered at halftime after Raheem Sterling and then Bernardo Silva hit the crossbar from close range in quick succession. City had one chance after another in the game, but failed to draw, and a brilliant goal from Messi won the game for PSG in the second half. After Club Brugge beat Leipzig, both he and PSG beat City, as Group A is now wide open after two games.

Follow below for pre-match preparation, live match updates, and post-match reaction from Paris.

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Two 7/10 between the Blues when the three forwards didn’t shoot and Messi stole the show.

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Club Brugge beat Leipzig

Club Brugge have beaten RB Leipzig to join PSG on four points in Group A and move City to third place.

City will face Bruges on October 19 in Belgium, before a second leg against the same opponents in November.

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Final whistle

Full time – The city is defeated in Paris.

They had chance after chance, but Lionel Messi’s fine strike sealed the game and put PSG one point ahead of City after two games.

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Donnarumma saves

Riyad Mahrez’s free kick was just rejected.

Lionel Messi was the player chosen to lie behind the wall and stop the blow under the wall.

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Four minutes added

The city has a free kick.

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The city still tries

City are still looking for consolation here, but PSG are in control and testing the break by a third.

It just hasn’t happened with the Blues tonight.

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Look at Messi’s goal to put PSG in command

Another goal that City will not be very happy with defensively, but that is a brilliant ending.

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Donnarumma saves

Riyad Mahrez shoots at the angle and Donnarumma saves.

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Verratti reserved

Marco Verratti catches Raheem Sterling and is booked. Aymeric Laporte and Neymar join but nothing is done in terms of cards.

Raheem Sterling is replaced by Gabriel Jesus. Verratti is replaced by Gini Wijnaldum.

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Messi scores!

He’s been calm all game, but put City 2-0 up with a typically impressive finish.

Catch the ball in the middle of the City, move towards the area and feed Kylian Mbappé.

Mbappé returns the ball to Messi on the edge of the area, and the former Barcelona player launches a beautiful effort towards Ederson’s upper left corner. Game over?

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Now Foden is in

Pep Guardiola wants urgency. Phil Foden replaces Jack Grealish.

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Walker stops Neymar

Neymar walks away from Kyle Walker and into the area, but Walker recovers brilliantly and forces Neymar to shoot into the side net. Great defense.

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Phil Foden to come

City need a spark and are turning to Phil Foden to provide it. They are preparing it to come.

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De Bruyne forces to save

Kevin De Bruyne shoots from a tight angle and Donnarumma clears with his legs. Good effort, good salvation.

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Donnarumma almost gave City a chance

Gianluigi Donnarumma spills a good ball from City, but Raheem Sterling is not alert and the Italian can charge on the second attempt.

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Sterling shoots wide!

Great pass from Cancelo, Sterling guides him wide. Almost the perfect start.

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Teams retire

The PSG players ask the referee and his assistants some questions when they go out. Presumably on why Kevin De Bruyne is still on the field.

His challenge to Gueye was not a good thing.

We are back on track.

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Look at the Sterling and Bernardo opportunity

We still can’t figure out how he didn’t get in.

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Part time qualifications

Ederson – A good stop at Herrera 7

Walker – No scares of Neymar 7

Days – Exposed a couple of times 5

Laporte – Find it difficult against Messi / Mbappé 5

Cancel – Needs more help 6

Rodri – Trying to exercise control 7

Bernard – Busy, influential, but a great lady! 6

De Bruyne – Exquisite cross deserved a goal 7

Mahrez – Threat but no final product 6

Pound sterling – I should have scored 6

Grealish – Face your man! 6

Raheem Sterling’s header hits the crossbar (Image: Man City)

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PSG lead at half-time thanks to Idrissa Gueye’s early goal.

It’s been pretty much all of City since, aside from a chance where Marquinhos nearly scored, and the Blues should be tied after Raheem Sterling and then Bernardo Silva inexplicably hit the bar in quick succession.

City are far from out of it, but they have work to do in the second half.

Bernardo Silva hits the crossbar (Image: Getty)

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Four minutes added

It seems pretty low. But it is still time for City to level up before the break.

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Dias wants a penalty

From a corner, Rubén Dias goes down and wants a penalty. Not given.

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Gueye is fine

After quite a long stop, Idrissa Gueye stands up and carries a stretcher away.

PSG was trying to take more serious action against De Bruyne.

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De Bruyne reserved

Kevin De Bruyne catches Idrissa Gueye late and gets a reserve. It’s not a pretty tackle, and he might be lucky just getting a yellow – De Bruyne’s studs caught Gueye on the ankle on follow-up after receiving the ball.

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Ederson saves from Herrera

Ederson dumps Ander Herrera. PSG quickly took the corner and almost caught City, but the ball did not find Marquinhos.

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Guardiola issues instructions

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De Bruyne shoots on target

Another shot from City, this time from Kevin De Bruyne, and Gianluigi Donnarumma returned to save with ease.

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Bruges vs Leipzig level

Club Brugge made it 1-1 against Leipzig in the other group stage match. There is a strike in Paris that probably benefits PSG more than City.

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Will it be the night of the city?

That double bar strike was the kind of thing that happens when it’s not going to be your night!

City have reacted quite well by falling behind, but have lacked a bit of inventiveness: When De Bruyne provided an exquisite cross off his foot, Sterling really should have scored, while Bernardo’s follow-up was awkward. You were right to get close, to be fair.

Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain is closed by Bernardo Silva of Manchester City (Image: Getty)

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