PSG 2 – 2 MANCHESTER CITY
Ibrahimovic (41) De Bruyne (38)
Rabiot (59) Fernandinho (72)
I will be amazed if either of these sides are standing in the San Siro on May 28th holding the European cup aloft.
Sloppy play, a calamitous goal gifted to PSG, a player cheating to win a penalty and an offside goal that left Manuel Pellegrini an angry man.
That said, some of the discussions pre and post-match about the best that French football has to offer against an English Premier league team was laughable.
Joe Hart is the only Englishman in the starting eleven with Fabian Delph the only home based sub.
City took the lead in this game after poor play by PSG in the middle of the park allowed Fernando to intercept and then Fernandinho to play Kevin de Bruyne in on the right hand side of the box.
The shot was precise and it was 1-0 after 38 minutes.
Three minutes later PSG were level.
England’s no1 Joe Hart inexplicably passed the ball to Fernando on the edge of his own box and from there the Brazilian proceeded to play a clearance off Zlatan Ibrahimovic into the back of the empty net 1-1.
What was Joe Hart thinking about in the first place with the pass?
The keeper did manage to redeem himself after David Luiz bought himself a penalty by leaving his leg in on Bacary Sagna, the referee was fooled and pointed to the spot.
Up stepped the ever confident Zlatan with a shot that was saved by Hart down low to his right hand side.
David Silva should have restored City’s advantage after Navas’ cross laid it on a plate for him inside the box, the Spaniard headed over.
One of the world’s greatest players of the last twenty years proved that even he can have an off night. Ibrahimovic had two good chances in the game, the best of them, he blazed over when he was one on one with Hart, it looked easier to score.
The other was a header onto the bar.
PSG took the lead just before the hour, di Maria’s corner found Cavani’s head and Hart’s poor attempt at a save fell into the path of 21 year old Adrien Rabiot to tap in from close range.
City did have a legitimate call for offside on Ibrahimovic in the build up to the goal but, the referee Milorad Mazic didn’t spot it.
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini told ITV Sport “We’ve had good performances this season away from home in the Champions league but, tonight was a good draw with two good goals.”
“I’m not happy with the first goal we gave away and their second goal was offside.”
“The first was crazy but, these things happen in football.”
Pellegrini would love nothing better than to deliver the Champions League trophy to the Etihad just before he leaves and Pep Guardiola arrives but, on the evidence of this season, I still think City are well short of challenging Barcelona or Bayern Munich.