Manchester City are in pole position to reach the Champions League final after coming from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 away in the first leg of their blockbuster semifinal on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola‘s side fought their way through a scintillating early PSG surge when they fell behind to Marquinhos‘ header, glanced in from Angel di Maria‘s corner after 15 minutes, to dominate after the break and turn this first leg tie in Paris on its head.
After a poor first half, City had a much improved second half and were rewarded when skipper Kevin De Bruyne’s cross dropped in to pull them level just after the hour.
With Neymar fading and Kylian Mbappe subdued for most of the half, Riyad Mahrez was able to beat Keylor Navas from a 71st-minute free-kick to complete the turnaround, giving City the advantage going into next Tuesday’s return in Manchester.
After all the money pumped in by their owners from Abu Dhai, City are eyeing a first ever Champions League final, and this was their first appearance in the semifinals since 2016, when they defeated PSG in the last eight.
However, PSG can still be optimistic about their prospects after sensational away performances against Barcelona and Bayern in the last two rounds.
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to once again get the better of Guardiola, just as he did when his Tottenham Hotspur side beat City in the quarterfinals in 2019.