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Jesus strike sinks PSG as Man City win group

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  • Jesus scores Man City winner
  • English champions win group
  • PSG additionally attain final 16

MANCHESTER, England, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Gabriel Jesus scored a 76th-minute winner as Manchester City beat Paris St Germain 2-1 on the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to take their place within the Champions League knockout levels as Group A winners.

PSG additionally superior to the final 16 due to Leipzig’s win over Club Brugge however the loss highlighted their continued issues find an efficient strategy to harness their star-studded assault.

For the opening 45 minutes, City dominated taking part in with their standard invention and verve whereas PSG’s entrance three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe too usually watched on from afar.

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It stays a serious query as as to if PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino can construct a crew able to profitable the Champions League when his facet is so lop-sided and together with his three big-name forwards reluctant to work again and help off the ball.

City don’t have any such issues with Pep Guardiola’s well-drilled machine combining the approach and sophistication with a excessive work ethic.

Iklay Gundogan hit the submit within the thirty second minute and Riyad Mahrez twice went shut whereas essentially the most Paris managed earlier than the interval was a breakaway which ended with Mbappe curling a shot over the bar.

Four minutes after the break, nevertheless, PSG grabbed the lead, Mbappe drilling the ball residence on the again submit after Messi’s cross had deflected off Kyle Walker into the French ahead’s path.

City drew stage when Raheem Sterling poked residence after a beautiful ball from Rodri had arrange Walker for a trademark low cross.

GREAT CHANCE

Neymar had an incredible probability to revive his facet’s lead when he weaved by means of the penalty space however he regarded disorientated as he put his shot properly large of Ederson’s proper submit.

City all the time regarded the extra more likely to win the sport, with Mahrez and Bernardo Silva asking questions and Gundogan taking cost in midfield within the absence of Kevin De Bruyne attributable to COVID-19.

It was Mahrez who created the winner, floating a ball to Silva on the far submit and the Portuguese midfielder confirmed a deft contact to cushion the ball to Jesus who picked his spot.

City lead Group A on 12 factors with PSG on eight and Leipzig and Brugge, each on 4 factors, left to compete for third place and a spot within the Europa League.

Guardiola praised the way in which his crew reacted to going a aim behind.

“It is a good lesson. When you are losing you have to continue. We knew a draw was a good result for us, but we won,” mentioned the previous Barcelona coach.

“Always I believe with their forwards, the further they are from our goal the safer we are. Look at the action of Neymar when he missed the shot. They found that from nothing. We have to defend as a team. I thought we were brilliant today,” he mentioned.

Pochettino was happy his facet had made the final 16.

“The important thing is to qualify. We beat City in Parc des Princes, we lost here. The difference is the draw against Leipzig and (that is) why we finish second,” he mentioned.

“After 0-0 in the first half, we score and I think we were calm as we were controlling it really well. You have to give credit to Manchester City, they are a very good team.”

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Reporting by Simon Evans, Editing by Ed Osmond

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Soccer Football - Champions League - Group A - Manchester City v Paris St Germain - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - November 24, 2021 Paris St Germain's Neymar in action with Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus Action images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group A - Manchester City v Paris St Germain - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - November 24, 2021 Paris St Germain's Presnel Kimpembe in action with Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus Action images via Reuters/Carl Recine

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