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After being behind throughout the first half, PSG took the lead early in the second half when Lionel Messi’s deflected cross was finished by Kylian Mbappe.

But the lead lasted just over 10 minutes as City equalized thanks to a close range shot from Raheem Sterling – fair reward for City, who had dominated possession for most of the game.

And with 15 minutes remaining, Gabriel Jesus took the winner for the home side after being coached by Bernardo Silva in the PSG box.

RB Leipzig’s 5-0 win over Club Brugge in the group’s other game means PSG and City advance to the round of 16.

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The entertaining Manchester competition – which pitted two of the Champions League’s top teams, who have both reached the final of the competition in the past two seasons – came to life in the second half after City controlled the top 45 minutes.

Pep Guardiola’s side could have taken the lead in the opening minutes of the game, but Rodri’s header was cleared from the line by Presnel Kimpembe.

Then midway through the first half, Man City had other chances as Ilkay Gundogan’s powerful shot took off from the post and Riyad Mahrez had an attempt saved by PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

PSG had few chances and were stifled by passing and high press from City, but with Messi, Mbappe and Neymar on the attack, a breakaway goal always seemed a possibility.

This is exactly what happened at the start of the second half when Messi broke the left and crossed over Mbappe, who slipped a shot through Ederson’s legs to give PSG the advantage with his ninth goal of the season.

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Man City continued to attack PSG’s goal and hit back through Sterling after Kyle Walker’s cross passed Jesus and found the England striker at the far post.

Neymar had a golden opportunity to put PSG ahead in the 73rd minute after a slalom run through Man City’s defense, but he pushed his shot aside.

It turned out to be a costly failure, as moments later City took the lead through Jesus’ goal, giving their side a deserved victory.

The result means City have 12 points and are guaranteed to finish top of the group with PSG with eight points.

“We are very happy – very happy with the three points, very happy because we qualified first in the group, which is very important for us, and very happy also because our fans deserved a good performance and a good victory” , Silva told BT Sport after the game.

The preparation for the match had been dominated by speculation linking PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino to City rivals Manchester United, who parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the weekend.

But Pochettino, whose contract with PSG runs until 2023, has refused to be drawn into the rumors.

“We can’t talk about it (because of) my respect for my club, for Paris Saint-Germain, my respect for another club. What another club is doing at that time is none of my business. is not my problem, “he told reporters. ahead of the game.

“I have to be focused on Paris Saint-Germain. I’m not going to make the mistake of talking … I’m so happy at Paris Saint-Germain and I’m focusing on trying to do my best as I do it. .”


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