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Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Daniele Orsato
24th November 2021 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘63' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘76' Gabriel Jesus
  • 1 Paris Saint-Germain

    • ‘50' Kylian Mbappé


Commentary By John Edwards


Good night from me

That seems like an appropriate place to wrap up and say good night.

A memorable and deserved win over Paris Saint-Germain, top spot sealed along with our place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

I'd say that represented a really decent night's work.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be here to bring you all the action and reaction.

Don't forget we'll have more post match reaction on our website and app, along with match highlights at midnight while CITY+ subscribers can enjoy a Full Match Replay.

And we'll see you again on Sunday when we play host to West Ham in the Premier League.

Until then, good night Blues!


Pep - We played really well


Pep Guardiola's verdict:

"Of course, PSG, what a team, what players, what could I say. Performance is quite similar to Paris a month ago. Today we created more chances in the first half.

"We played really well and always we had the sense that they could run, wow. They have a lot of quality, we tried to defend away from our goal because they can do anything.

"Except for the five minutes after our goal when they counter attacked but could not finish because  Ruben defended really well… Congrats to everyone in the club.

"We are into last 16 and will try our best in February to go to quarters."


Owen Hargreaves: A City masterclass

High praise indeed from the one-time City midfielder.

"I thought that was a masterclass from Manchester City. Without Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne too. Lionel Messi and Neymar must be walking off the pitch thinking 'I wish I could play in a team like that'. It was a thing of beauty. It was 2-1 but it felt like a lot more." 


Bernardo: Great second half reaction

"It was quite frustrating in the first half, it felt like we were controlling the game and having the possession, but we were not scoring. After conceding, we had a great reaction to then go and score the goals and win the game. You’re never safe against PSG, if you even give them a little space, they will create chances. That is football - that’s how it is." 


Post-match debrief

Pep Guardiola had a visitor at pitch-side following the completion of his post-match TV duties. 

The City boss was thrilled to see Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero, spending a few minutes chatting to him before heading to his press conference.

Two greats from the 90s!


Marquinhos: We could have defended better

"City are a team that control the game and use the full width of the pitch. We tried to defend well and have the ball as much as possible despite their high press. They’re a very compact team. We had a couple of chances we didn’t take and we could have defended better for their goals.” 


Gabriel Jesus: Team spirit crucial

The power of the collective shone through again tonight.

"We have a lot of players who can play well and help the team - our power as a team is this. Everyone wants to play a good pass to the other. Nobody is selfish here - we all want to win the game."


Bernardo: The fans deserved it

That win has left Bernardo... very happy!

"Very happy with the three points. Very happy because we qualified as first in the group which is important for us. And we’re also very happy because our fans deserved a good performance and a good win."


Flying high!


Gabriel Jesus: Thanks to Bernardo!

It was a real moment of quality from Bernardo to set Jesus up for the winning goal and the Brazilian certainly appreciated it!

"Thanks to Bernardo! I know his quality, that's why I waited and finished good. I helped my team, that's what I want to do when I come onto the pitch. It was a great ball from Bernardo so I had to score!"


Into the last 16

RB Leipzig's 5-0 win at Club Brugge means PSG join City in qualifying for the last 16 this evening, but Pep Guardiola's men are guaranteed to go through as group winners.

With one game left to play, we have a four point advantage over the French side.


Post-match analysis

What a game. What a result.

Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips have the pleasure of analysing that one.

Tune into Matchday Live at the top of this page for all your post-match reaction.


Full-time: City 2-1 PSG

It's all over here at the Etihad.

A deserved three points for City sends us into the last 16 of the Champions League. 

A very good performance from Pep Guardiola's men. 



There's time for one last counter-attack from PSG but Gabriel Jesus ends it early as he takes a yellow card for a foul on Neymar midway in the City half.

He visitors take it quickly but Di Marie's cross is sent straight into the arms of Ederson, much to the delight of the City fans.



Pep Guardiola always says possession is key to stopping the opposition scoring and that's exactly what City are doing here.

Knocking it around nicely. 


Yellow card - Cancelo

Joao Cancelo slides into a tackle with Lionel Messi.

The Portuguese gets to the ball first but catches the PSG man on the follow through and the referee immediately goes for his yellow card. 


GOAL! Gabriel Jesus. City 2-1 PSG

That is superb!

City are back in front and oh, how they deserve it. 

The brilliant Riyad Mahrez clips a ball to the far post for Bernardo who shows brilliant awareness to play a first time pass back for Jesus to smash home from six-yards. 

A fantastic move and we're back in front!



Brilliant from PSG and Neymar really should score.

The Brazilian combines with Messi, Mbappe and Di Maria on the edge of the City area before darting past Ruben Dias, but, with only Ederson to beat, he sends his shot wide of the left hand post.

A left off. 



Gabriel Jesus forces Navas into a fine save with an angled drive after a good ball from Bernardo.

It looks like a City corner but the assistant referee flags for offside.

Nice move. 


Over the top

Danilo slides in to take the ball away from John Stones on the edge of the area and it rolls invitingly into the path of Rodrigo at a similar distance from where he hit his rocket against Everton.

It's on his left foot this time, though, and he gets way too much on it to send it comfortably over the bar.


PSG subs

Just like Guardiola, the goal has prompted Mauricio Pochettino into a change.

Angel Di Maria comes on for Idrissa Gana Gueye and Eric-Junior Dina Ebimbe replaces Nuno Mendes at left-back.


Here we go

The atmosphere has ramped up a notch in here.

Messi looked nonplussed as he walked back to the halfway line. Should the PSG defenders have done better with that?

Who cares - COME ON, CITY!


GOAL! Raheem Sterling. City 1-1 PSG


Raheem Sterling is the goalscorer but it is all about the interplay between Rodrigo and Walker in the build-up.

The Spaniard knocks a superb ball out to the rampaging full-back, who volleys a first time pass across the face of goal which PSG fail to deal with.

It squirms it's way to the far post and Sterling is there to steer it in.



PSG sub

A first change of the night from Mauricio Pochettino.

Danilo comes onto replace Herrera, who signalled to the bench he couldn't continue minutes earlier.



PSG's confidence is growing and Ruben Dias is forced into a tackle to prevent Messi from getting a shot off after a slick counter-attack.

It's superbly timed from the Portuguese who nips just as the Argentine goes to pull the trigger and then sets Bernardo away as City respond with a counter of their own.


Yellow Card - Rodrigo

The Spaniard goes into the referees notebook and he may feel a little hard done to.

It looked as if he made the slightest of contact as he slid in to tackle Leandro Paredes, but referee Daniele Orsato deemed it worthy of a booking.


City sub

That goal prompts a change from Pep Guardiola and it's an attacking one.

Gabriel Jesus replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko and it looks like Bernardo will drop back into midfield.


Goal. Kylian Mbappe. City 0-1 PSG


Messi, Nuno Mendes, Neymar and Herrera are all involved in an intricate passing move to get into the City area, but there's still an element of good fortune about the goal as Messi's cross deflects off Walker's knee into the path of the unmarked Mbappe.

The Frenchman makes no mistake at the far post, taking a touch and driving the ball between Ederson's legs. 

A real smash and grab.



Rodrigo picks out Gundogan's run in behind with a perfectly weighted clip ball, which the German lifts over Navas' head.

He gives chase as it looks like it's heading wide, but Hakimi heads it behind before the assistant referee flags to indicate Gundogan was offside in the build-up.


Nedum Onuoha: Captain's performance from Gundogan

"All these players are great. Rodri has done well, but Gundogan has set the tempo, with good passes, driving when he needs to. 

"To score the goals everyone has to chip in and the more I see him the more I understand why he is the captain. You can see the way he plays, he knows his role."


Shaun Wright-Phillips: We've restricted PSG

"Great 45 mins, we started slow, PSG got out of the traps but once we got going we nullified a lot of their threats and restricted them to long shots."


As it stands

Both teams will secure their last 16 qualification with a game to spare if the score stays like this.

Though there was nothing to in the first half to suggest City would be satisfied with a draw. 

Pep Guardiola's men were at full throttle.


Half-time analysis ☝️

Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips are running the rule over the first 45-minutes on Matchday Live.

Tune in at the top of the page to hear their thoughts.


Half-time: City 0-0 PSG

All square at the break, but City have plenty to be pleased about. 

We've been the better team in the opening 45-minutes.


Let off!

The curse of the commentator. After me singing our praises, PSG have a glorious chance to score, winning the ball in midfield and releasing Mbappe, who is in acres of space as he races clear of Walker.

The Frenchman has time to pick his spot, but blazes well over the bar.

He'll have expected better, there. 


Stand up

"Stand up, for the champions," rings out at the Etihad as we approach the half-time interval.

It's been a champions performance from City so far. 54% of possession and 10 shots to two in our favour.

We've done everything but score!



It's that man Mahrez again as Navas makes a fingertip save to claw an effort out of the bottom corner.

Twisting and turning inside the area, the Algerian found half a yard and curled a daisycutter towards the far post to force a brilliant stop from the visiting goalkeeper. 

What a half of football this has been. It's non-stop! 




City are inches away from an opener as Ilkay Gundogan cracks the post from the edge of the area. 

It all starts with Cancelo's cross from the left, which ricochets of Nuno Mendes and the German takes full advantage with fierce drive that looked to have Navas beaten.




A loose pass gives Mahrez an opportunity to put Kimpembe under pressure inside his own area.

The Frenchman plays it back to Navas, who puts too much on his attempted pass to Nuno Mendes and it's greeted by cheers from home fans as it sails out for a throw in.



PSG survive another scare in the penalty area as Marquinhos gets his body in the way of a Zinchenko shot.

Sterling was the architect for City, arriving late at the far post to meet Mahrez cross, but having the presence of mind to cut it back for the Ukrainian who was in a more promising position.

Zinchenko connected well, but Marquinhos was well placed to put his body on the line.



Ederson gets down comfortably to save a low Nuno Mendes shot.

It's PSG's best chance of the game as the left-bak drops his shoulder and cuts inside the attentions of Walker and Mahrez before firing goalwards from the edge of the area. 

There wasn't enough power on it to trouble the Brazilian, though, who is one away from a century of clean sheets for City.



Kyle Walker follows Neymar into midfield and harries the Brazilian into playing a loose pass to the delight of the home crowd.

The visitors threat on the counter is obvious, but City are handling it well so far.


Mbappe down

Kylian Mbappe collides with Rodrigo, who appears to catch him in the chest with a trailing arm.

Purely accidental, but the Frenchman looks in some pain and after a few minutes down, he's fine to continue. 


On top

PSG have looked dangerous on the break, but there's no doubt City have been the superior side so far.

Gundogan has just glanced a header wide as he struggled to get a clean connection on a Mahrez cross, before Kimpembe was forced to head a teasing Zinchenko centre away from danger. 


Crucial block

Riyad Mahrez has been brilliant in this opening 20 minutes, just as he was the last time the two sides met at the Etihad.

He's been the driving force and he's gone close again, cutting inside and curling towards the far corner. It looks destined for the back of the net, but Achraf Hakimi sticks his head in the way to diver the ball behind for a corner.



A bit of a scare for City as Nuno Mendes slides a ball inside to Neymar, who finds a yard of space before getting a relatively tame shot off that Ederson kicks away.

There were appeals for offside and, as is the case since VAR is introduced, the assistant referee flags once the passage of play ended.


Kicking every ball

Pep Guardiola cuts an animated figure on the touchline. 

He's right on the edge of his technical area shouting instructions to his players and looking a little frustrated on occasion.

No doubt he'll get his message across. 


PSG opportunity

It's PSG's turn to go on the attack as they work the ball to Neymar 20-yards from goal.

The Brazilian gets the ball out of his feet and takes aim, but his shot is charged down. 


Breathless start

City come again as Zinchenko carries the ball to the edge of the area. He's got options left and right but delays his pass and is eventually dispossessed by a recovering PSG midfielder. 

The opening 10 minutes has certainly lived up to it's big game billing.



How has he kept that out!?

Riyad Mahrez swings in a free-kick from the right, which Rodrigo rises highest to meet and though he beats Keylor Navas, Presnel Kimembe gets back to head a certain goal off the line!

Incredible stuff from the PSG defender. City keep the ball alive, but Mahrez can only drill a shot into the side netting.


Positive start

City have been the side in possession in the opening exchanges and there have been a few nervy moments from the visitors.

Presnel Kimpembe miskicked inside his own area and Nuno Mendes' touch let him down as he tried to control a pass which bounced out of play.

Both greeted by big cheers from the City fans!


City set up

Much of the talk before kick-off was how City would line-up.

Joao Cancelo is at left-back with Oleksandr Zincehnko in the midfield three alongside Ilkay Gundogan and Rodrigo.

It's not a position we have seen the Zinchenko deployed in whilst at City, but it is where he started out and he has plenty of experience playing their for Ukraine. 



The player take the knee before Kylian Mbappe gets under way.

City are attacking the South Stand in the first half and there is a huge roar from the home fans as we kick-off.



Moments away

The players set up for the obligatory pre-match squad photo and we are minutes away from two of Europe's biggest clubs going toe to toe.

Here's a reminder of how the teams line-up:

XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Zinchenko, Mahrez, Bernardo, Sterling.

XI | Navas, Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, Herrera, Paredes, Gueye, Messi, Mbappe, Neymar.


Big game atmosphere

There is a real sense of occasion here at the Etihad this evening.

A DJ set from Camelphat with an accompanying light show warmed the crowd up and, as the players take to the pitch, the City fans are in fine voice.

What a game we have in store for us.


Final predictions

Mixed views from our Matchday Live panel.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is predicting a 2-0 City victory, whilst Nedum Onuoha is going for a 2-2 draw.

🤞 SWP is correct!


Pep's pre-match thoughts

"The idea for them and us is the same. We are going to try to be aggressive without the ball because they have a lot of quality... and we have talked a lot about what we have to do with the ball." 


Wright-Phillips: Pochettino will focus on PSG not City

No shortage of talent on both sides tonight.

Mauricio Pochettino can call up on exceptional abilities of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, but has to contend with City's on potent threats.

There is plenty to consider but Shaun Wright-Phillips believes the visiting boss will remain focus on his own team.

"The more he starts thinking about that situation he would naturally lose his way that is where the mistakes happen. 

"He knows what City are capable of and he knows the threat he poses. He will focus on what PSG have got to do."


Special guest

Football royalty on the pitch and music royalty off it.

Noel Gallagher received a great reception as he ventured pitch side for a pre-match interview with Natalie Pike and Danny Jackson.

Here are his thoughts ahead of this one:

"We know what PSG are like. I think it’s going to be a great night.

"It’s a 50/50 game tonight. You cannot call it. Most of our players would get in their team. Three of theirs would get in ours."


Nedum Onuoha: A team effort against PSG front three

"I think the key is to make sure you don't play to their strength. Neymar, Mbappe and Messi can run with and without the ball. Don't give them space an time to play ball through. You will have to deal with them, its a team effort tonight. 

"It is an understanding you will win the game if you are a collective in both attacking and defending. You have to be clinical all over the park. You can't guarantee a clean sheet but you can make it as hard as possible."


Stat Pack

🔹 We have scored 15 goals in the Champions League this season (3.75 per game), with 10 of those coming at the Etihad. Only Bayern Munich (17) have scored more.

🔹 City have won 15 and lost none of their our 16 home games in the Champions League (D1), since a 2-1 defeat to Lyon in September 2018.

🔹 We have scored in each of our 27 home games in all European competition, scoring 76 goals in the process (2.8 per game), since a 0-0 draw with Real Madrid in April 2016.

🔹 Joao Cancelo has been directly involved in five goals in his last four Champions League appearances for (two goals and three assists), including a hat-trick of assists in his last game versus Club Brugge.

🔹 Ederson’s next clean sheet will be his 100th for the Club.


Stack pack

🔹 City went unbeaten in our first five meetings with Paris Saint-Germain in European competition (W3 D2), but suffered a 2-0 defeat in our most recent meeting back in September.

🔹 We have won both of our games against the French side on home soil in the Champions League –1-0 in April 2016 and 2-0 in May 2021.

🔹 Paris Saint-Germain have only won 20% of their meetings with City in the Champions League (1/5). Among teams they have faced at least five times in the competition, only against Real Madrid (17% - 1/6) do they have a lower win percentage.


Onuoha and Wright-Phillips on team news

Understandably, our possible formation is the major talking point before kick-off and our Matchday Live guests have had their say.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is predicting our usual 4-3-3, whilst Nedum Onuoha is happy to admit he isn't sure!

Wright-Phillips: "There is a chance he [Cancelo] can go into the middle but he can play on the left and Zinchenko can double up on the left. It can work either way. I think Cancelo in a [midfield] three."

Onuoha: "I have no idea! But Cancelo and Zinchenko are such good players and they will understand their role. It may be a bit strange but in the end it will make sense."


How will City line up?

With fitness issues sidelining several players, there is an unfamiliar look to City's starting XI.

Five defenders have been named - Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo - and so there is a possibility we could line up in a five man defence, in which you would expect Walker to play as one of three centre-halves.

However, Oleksandr Zinchenko has plenty of experience in midfield for Ukraine and given the way Cancelo plays, he could also be an option alongside Rodrigo and Ilkay Gundogan.

Should that happen, City would kick-off in our usual 4-3-3 formation. 

So, plenty of possibilities and all will be revealed once we're under way!


Shaun Wright-Phillips: We can do this!

Our former midfield man looking forward to this one! 

"There are two fantastic teams out there with bundles of ability. Both want to top the group to weave a path. If we keep Messi quiet we could do this."

Hear more from Wright-Phillips and Nedum Onuoha on Matchday Live.


PSG team

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar all start in the visitors' front three, but Gianluigi Donnarumma and Marco Verrati, who both enjoyed fine games when the two teams met in Paris, are on the bench.

Sergio Ramos, who is yet to make an appearance for PSG, is also among the substitutes. 

XI | Navas, Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, Herrera, Paredes, Gueye, Messi, Mbappe, Neymar.

SUBS | Franchi, Donnarumma, Ramos, Verrati, Icardi, Di Maria, Danilo, Dagba, Wijnaldum, Diallo, Kehrer, Dina Ebimbe.


Team news 🔵📋

Phil Foden and Jack Grealish are both short of full fitness and are not involved tonight as Pep Guardiola makes three changes to the side that started against Everton at the weekend.

Ruben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Riyad Mahrez come into the starting line-up, with Aymeric Laporte and Cole Palmer dropping to the bench as they make way along with Foden.

Kevin De Bruyne remains absent as he continues to isolate following a positive COVID-19 test.

XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Zinchenko, Mahrez, Bernardo, Sterling.

SUBS | Steffen, Carson, Ake, Jesus, Laporte, Fernandinho, Palmer, McAtee. 


Live in 5️⃣

Join Cel Spellman, Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips for some City-centric pre-match build-up on Matchday Live.

Tune in at the top of this page from 18:45.


Pep Guardiola: A different challenge

In Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino two of football's finest tacticians are going head to head this evening. 

The PSG boss came out on top when the two sides met in Paris in September and did the same in 2019 Champions League quarter-final when he was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur.

But Guardiola said past results will be irrelevant at his pre-match press conference.

"It's completely different - different countries, players, shapes. Even with the same manager and same team from one year it can be different - new players, many things can happen."


Early team news

We'll have confirmation of tonight's teams in around 25 minutes time, but we do already have an idea of who is and isn't available.

Kevin De Bruyne joins the injured Ferran Torres on City's absentee list, as the Belgian midfielder continues his period of self-isolation following a positive COVID-19 test.

Pep Guardiola said several of his players were reporting 'niggles' and was going to make a late decision on selection, which Jack Grealish may be included in.

The playmaker missed the win over Everton with the injury he suffered whilst on international duty, but Guardiola said he was 'much better' at his pre-match press conference. 

Sergio Ramos may make his first appearance for the visitors. A calf injury has kept him out since his summer switch to Paris, but he was named in Mauricio Pochettino's travelling squad and could well may his debut.


Get involved 📱

Today, as on every matchday, we want to hear from you, our wonderful fans.

Are you excited? Nervous? Have you got a score prediction or do you feel particularly strongly about which team Pep Guardiola should pick?

Let us know your thoughts using #ManCity on Twitter or send a WhatsApp message to +447537186538 for a chance to feature on Matchday Live. 


Matchday Live 📺

We have two Academy graduates joining us on Matchday Live this evening, with Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips the guests alongside presenter Cel Spellman.

The show gets under way at 18:45 (UK), when our panel will be providing the usual mix of analysis and entertainment in the build-up to kick-off.

At half-time, Onuoha and Wright-Phillips will reconvene for a quick debrief, before returning for more in-depth analysis of all the game’s twists and turns after the final whistle. 

I may be slightly biased, but it's the perfect accompaniment to your matchday viewing!


It's matchday 👌

Good evening!

Welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City's Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain. 

Pep Guardiola’s recorded a famous semi-final victory when the French outfit last visited the Etihad Stadium and will be hoping for the same outcome this evening, with City needing just one point to qualify for the last 16.

The game kicks-off at 20:00 (UK) and you are in the right place to follow all the action, as I’ll be providing live updates taking you through all the build-up, match action and post-match reaction.

Recent history tells us we are in for a treat when these two sides lock horns and, with so many world class players on display, it's set up to be another blockbuster encounter. 


Other games that day

  • Internazionale2
    Shakhtar Donetsk0
  • Besiktas1
  • Liverpool2
    FC Porto0
  • Club Brugge0
    RB Leipzig5
  • Atlético de Madrid0
  • Sporting CP3
    Borussia Dortmund1
  • Sheriff Tiraspol0
    Real Madrid3

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Paris Saint-Germain 5 +2 8
3 RB Leipzig 5 0 4
4 Club Brugge 5 -11 4
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