The victory against City at the Parc des Princes on September 28 (2-0), despite the great suffering of the second period, had allowed PSG to send a signal of power to European competition. We strongly doubt that the performance of the Parisians on Wednesday produced the same effect. Totally dominated by Citizens at a much higher level, PSG hardly existed – even if it opened the scoring with the inevitable Kylian Mbappé – and logically ended up cracking at the Etihad Stadium (1-2 ). Paris has nevertheless validated its ticket for the round of 16, thanks to the victory of RB Leipzig in Bruges (5-0, see below). But he said goodbye to first place and will therefore face a group first in the next round.
While Paris had opened the scoring quickly at the Park (8th minute), before organizing to defend, Mauricio Pochettino’s team did not have this opportunity at all on Wednesday. PSG were immediately cornered in their half of the field, and the 11 Mancunian shots at the break (only 3 for Paris) testified to the siege suffered. Despite everything, Paris reached the break without breaking down, notably with rescues from Kimpembe (5th), Hakimi (18th) and Marquinhos, in addition to the interventions of Keylor Navas (5th, 32nd, 33rd).
Apart from a strike from Kylian Mbappé above against (43rd), Paris did nothing to show itself to its advantage. More worryingly, the team appeared cut in half like never before, with offensives disinterested in defensive work, especially Lionel Messi and Neymar. Several players, including Marquinhos and Leandro Paredes, were also moved. PSG can however count at the moment on a Kylian Mbappé in fusion, and the Frenchman proved it again. He opened the scoring against the run of the game, with a very fast sequence and a strike between the legs of Ederson, after a deflected center from Lionel Messi (50th).
His 29th goal for his 50th in the Champions League, however, was only a brief lull. Raheem Sterling equalized on receipt of a cross from Kyle Walker deflected by the leg of Gabriel Jesus (63rd), Neymar wasted a ball 2-1 (74th), and City’s pressure was rewarded in stride, when Gabriel Jesus exploited a superb discount from Bernardo Silva (76th). Beyond the defeat, the difference in collective impression between the team of Mauricio Pochettino and that of Pep Guardiola was glaring.
Faced with the absences of Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, Pep Guardiola had to recompose his attack, and chose to align Bernardo Silva in false nine, with Riyad Mahrez to his right. The latter made live a very dirty evening in the Parisian defense, with his confusing dribbling and his quality of center. Keylor Navas, thanks to two saves (5th, 33rd), and Achraf Hakimi, deflecting his shot from the top of the head (18th), prevented the Algerian international from opening the scoring. The former Sarcelles kid regaled the Etihad Stadium with some superb controls. Navas still sickened him after the break (61st), but he was behind the winning goal, seeing his center put away by Bernardo Silva (76th).
Former PSG player, Christopher Nkunku gave a decisive boost to the capital club, on the pitch of Bruges. While a defeat of the Belgian team automatically qualified Paris, Nkunku launched the festival of RB Leipzig (5-0), opening the scoring in the 12th minute, following a strike from André Silva pushed back. The Germans, impressive, knocked out Bruges in stride.
Emil Forsberg made the break on a penalty obtained by Brian Brobbey against Kamal Sowah (17th), before signing a double (45th 1st), interrupted by a realization of André Silva, receiving a perfect cross from Angeliño (27th). Christopher Nkunku signed a brace in added time (90th 3). With four points like Bruges, but the advantage in direct confrontations, Leipzig now has its destiny in hand to snatch its place in the Europa League.