From the beginning of the match, Manchester had the advantage. Pep Guardiola’s players were aggressive, quickly jumping to their rivals, setting pressure even on the PSG goalkeeper. Parisians rarely showed up with the ball in the hosts’ half. However, they were inaccurate, or they lacked luck in finalizing the action. They had the closest lead in the 18th minute. After an excellent action, Riyad Mahrez had a good shot on the left foot in the penalty area, but Aschraf Hakimi was on the line of shot, who bounced the ball over the bar with his head. Mahrez was extremely active, and soon after that he forced Navas to intervene.
City chased the result but deservedly won the Champions League hit
The PSG goalkeeper had to be vigilant all the time, because the hosts’ pressure did not cease, although in several situations Navas was replaced by defenders, blocking the shots of Zinchenko and Guendogan. PSG actually had only one good opportunity. After Stones’s fatal mistake in the middle of the pitch, the visitors came out with a three-on-two action that ended with a Mbappe shot from the edge of the penalty area. The French, however, carried the ball over the bar.
What failed then was in the 50th minute. In Manchester, it took a brutal revenge for not being able to document their advantage with a goal. A very nice action from the guests ended with Messi’s pass to Mbappe, and Mbappe, completely unattended, placed the ball in the net between Ederson’s legs.
PSG looked better in the second half and countered more often. But in the 63rd minute Manchester got their way. Kyle Walker made a great move into the penalty area and got the ball from deep in the field. The Manchester defender scored inside, and there Sterling nudged the ball and it fell into the net after rebounding from the post. Since then, Manchester has regained control of the game and this time they confirmed their advantage with a goal. Mahrez moved to a far post to Bernardo Silva, who retired to Gabriel Jesus’s second-half lead into the net.
Manchester City calmly controlled the course of the meeting and did not let the rivals make any dangerous counterattacks or take over the ball and play positional attacks. Guardiola’s players deservedly won 2: 1.
Demolition in Bruges. Borussia out of the Champions League!
A lot has also happened in the second group A meeting. Club Brugge fans will surely want to erase the game against RB Leipzig from their memories. After the first half it was 4: 0! Christopher Nkunku, Andre Silva and Emil Forsberg twice have entered the list of shooters. In the second half, Nkunku also scored and finally RB Leipzig won 5: 0!
Liverpool remain flawless in Group B, defeating FC Porto 2-0 at home after goals from Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah. The Reds are on full score after five games. In the second match, Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 to AC Milan after a goal by Junior Messias. It was a crucial victory for the Italian team as it keeps Milan on the chances of leaving the group.
Sporting was the most successful. The Portuguese team crashed at home Borussia Dortmund 3: 0! The hosts’ hero was Pedro Goncalves, who scored two goals in the first half. In the second, he wasted a penalty, but his shot finished off Pedro Porro. The guests could only afford an honorable hit by Donyell Malen, A 3-1 win gave Sporting a promotion to the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, and Borussia pushed to the Europa League!
In today’s last match, Sheriff Tiraspol took on Real Madrid. In the first match of both teams, the Moldovan team surprised everyone and won 2-1 in Madrid. This time, Real did not leave their rivals under any illusions and won 3-0. The goals were scored by David Alaba, Toni Kross and Karim Benzema.
Results of Wednesday’s matches of the 5th round of the Champions League group stage:
- Besiktas – Ajax Amsterdam 1: 2
- Inter Milan – Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0
- Atletico Madrid 0-0 AC Milan
- Clubb Brugge – RB Leipzig 0: 4
- Liverpool 2-0 FC Porto
- Manchester City – PSG 2: 1
- Sheriff Tiraspol – Real Madrid 0: 3
- Sporting 3-1 Borussia Dortmund