Two of Europe’s biggest and richest clubs going head to head. A war between the oil-rich clubs and PSG won the first battle on home turf. Tactically sound, end-to-end football. A much-anticipated reunion between Lionel Messi and his former mentor Pep Guardiola who isn’t ever shy to praise the little magician. However, on this occasion, Pep was left red-faced.
After missing PSG’s draw with club Brugge due to suspension, Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring eight minutes into the tie. He smashed the ball into the roof of the net after Neymar’s mishit fell kindly for him. Gueye is now PSG’s top scorer this season.
When you play against a Pep Guardiola-coached team, you typically do not expect to win the possession statistics. The citizens monopolized the ball and always looked threatening. Jack Grealish caused a lot of trouble down the left. City would pass up a glorious chance to level. Kevin De Bruyne’s ball into the box was met by Raheem Sterling who struck the crossbar. The rebound fell for Bernardo Silva who hit the underside of the crossbar and somehow City failed to score.
Gianluigi Donnarumma then had to make himself big to deny Ruben Dias and keep the scores level at halftime.
Within minutes of the restart, the citizens attacked in waves. Sterling dragged a shot wide and Donnarumma denied De Bruyne with his legs. The hosts withstood the pressure and looked to catch City on the break. Neymar was slipped through but couldn’t find the target under pressure.
Things turned sour for Pep Guardiola as Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint Germain against the run of play. The Argentine with a lovely give and go with Kylian Mbappe before wrongfooting Ederson with a well-taken finish into the top corner. What a way to score your 121st champions league goal.
Mauricio Pochettino against familiar foe Pep Guardiola and he came out on top. Gianluigi Donnarumma with a clean sheet on his Champion’s League debut. Poch would feel this result makes up for the draw in Belgium as City’s 15 away games unbeaten run in the Champions League comes to an end.