Man City hold PSG in Paris

by Setanta Staff , 06 April 2016

Manchester City netted two away goals in Paris as Manuel Pellegrini's side held Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-2 draw in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg.


Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring for the Premier League side, but PSG were 2-1 up within the hour through strikes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Adrien Rabiot.

But Fernandinho netted a second away goal to hand the initiative to City ahead of the second leg on Tuesday 12 April.

And the French champions will be without David Luiz and Blaise Matuidi at the Etihad Stadium next week, after the pair picked up yellow cards at the Parc des Princes.

Laurent Blanc's side had a golden chance to take the lead on 14 minutes, when David Luiz induced a rash challenge from Bacary Sagna in the City area, but City goalkeeper Joe Hart saved Zlatan's penalty, his third Champions League spot-kick save from his last four faced.

And worse was to come for PSG as City netted a crucial away goal seven minutes before the break when De Bruyne drilled a shot past PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp from Fernandinho's pass.

But Zlatan hit back to net for the fifth consecutive Champions League match after he blocked a pass across goal by Fernando into the City net, with Hart out of position from the initial goal-kick.

PSG went 2-1 up on the hour as Rabiot tapped home after Hart could only parry Edison Cavani's header, and the French side could have gone 3-1 up moments later, but Zlatan's header from Angel di Maria's driven cross bounced back off the crossbar.

And the tie turned round ten minutes later, as City netted a second away goal of the night when Fernandinho's snapshot deflected off David Silva and past Trapp.

History is on City's side to secure a semi-final spot for the first time in their history, with nine of the 11 sides that secured a 2-2 away draw in the first leg of a Champions League knock-out tie going on to progress to the next stage.

In the night's other Champions League match, Wolfsburg beat Real Madrid 2-0 at the Volkswagen Arena.

Ricardo Rodriguez netted from the penalty spot and Maxi Arnold added a second in the first half to hand the initiative to Dieter Hecking's side ahead of the second leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

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