PSG 2-0 Man City highlights and reaction as Lionel Messi and Idrissa Gueye strike for Paris

PSG 2-0 Man City highlights and reaction as Lionel Messi and Idrissa Gueye strike for Paris


Pep Guardiola couldn’t mastermind another victory over Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 tonight as Manchester City were beaten by the French giants in an entertaining Champions League clash

City won home and away against PSG earlier this year in last season’s Champions League semi-finals, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men adding Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnaruma, Gini Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi over the summer in response.

Messi started the game, along with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, while Guardiola named Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in his starting XI.

PSG started well, scoring through Idrissa Gueye, while City should have gone in at half time level after Raheem Sterling and then Bernardo Silva hit the bar from close range in quick succession. City had chance after chance in the game, but couldn’t get an equaliser, and a brilliant Messi strike won the game for PSG in the second half. After Club Brugge beat Leipzig, both they and PSG overtake City as Group A is now wide open after two games.

Follow below for pre-match build-up, live match updates and post-match reaction from Paris.

Lee Swettenham

Dias plots reaction at Liverpool

Manchester City players were frustrated after falling to a 2-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain, but are already plotting a response at Liverpool on Sunday.

That is according to Ruben Dias, who admitted City simply didn’t take their chances against PSG as Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi scored in either half to earn three points in the Champions League Group A.

However, after a morale-boosting win at Chelsea at the weekend, Dias believes the PSG result will have no bearing on City’s chances at Liverpool on Sunday.

“Essentially, it’s a frustrating night for us,” he said after the game.

More from Dias here.

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Pep hails Messi, but ‘loves’ his teammate

Pep Guardiola declared that it is “impossible to control” Lionel Messi after his ex-Barcelona star sank Manchester City in the Champions League.

But the Blues boss declared his “love” for another Paris Saint-Germain star after his team went down 2-0 in the group game at Parc des Princes.

What Pep had to say post-match here.

Pep Guardiola gives instructions to Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City (Image: Man City)

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Messi praises City

Lionel Messi speaking post-match:

“I hadn’t been able to play recently and this was only my second game in this stadium. I’m adapting to my new team. The more we forwards play together the better our relationship will be. We all need to grow together and improve and keep giving our best.

“They were great opponents. It was very important for us to win the match after our draw against Brugge. I’m very happy to have scored.”

Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates with team mate Neymar

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Verdict: City fall to Messi magic, but the Champions League can wait

If Manchester City had to lose one of this epic trilogy of matches, you can bet this is the one they would have chosen.

So while there will be an air of disappointment at going down 2-0 to a goal from Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi‘s brilliant strike, this was clearly of minimal impact.

Read Stuart Brennan’s full report from Paris here.

Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal

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Give us your player ratings


City player ratings

Two 7/10s among the Blues as the front three failed to fire and Messi stole the show.

Here are Stuart Brennan’s full ratings.

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Club Brugge beat Leipzig

Club Brugge have beaten RB Leipzig to join PSG on four points in Group A and shift City down to third.

City next face Brugge on October 19 in Belgium, before a return fixture against the same opponents in November.

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Final whistle

Full time – City are beaten in Paris.

They had chance after chance, but Lionel Messi’s fine strike sealed the game and move PSG a point above City after two games.

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Donnarumma saves

Riyad Mahrez’s free kick is just pushed away.

Lionel Messi was the player picked to lie down behind the wall and stop the strike under the wall.

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Four minutes added

City have a free kick.

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City still trying

City are still looking for a consolation here, but PSG are in control and are probing on the break for a third.

It’s just not happened for the Blues tonight.

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Watch the Messi goal to put PSG in control

Another goal City won’t be too happy with defensively, but that’s one brilliant finish.

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Donnarumma saves

Riyad Mahrez shoots on the angle and Donnarumma makes the save.

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Verratti booked

Marco Verratti catches Raheem Sterling and is booked. Aymeric Laporte and Neymar come together but nothing is done in terms of cards.

Raheem Sterling is replaced by Gabriel Jesus. Verratti is replaced by Gini Wijnaldum.

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Messi scores!

He’s been quiet all game, but he’s put City 2-0 up with a typically stunning finish.

He gets the ball in City’s half, advances towards the area and feeds Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe knocks it back to Messi on the edge of the area, and the former Barcelona man curls a lovely effort into the top corner to Ederson’s left. Game over?

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Now Foden is on

Pep Guardiola wants urgency. Phil Foden is on for Jack Grealish.

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Walker stops Neymar

Neymar gets away from Kyle Walker and gets into the area, but Walker recovers brilliantly and forces Neymar to shoot into the side netting. Great defending.

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Phil Foden to come on

City need a spark and they’re turning to Phil Foden to provide it. He’s being readied to come on.

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De Bruyne forces the save

Kevin De Bruyne shoots from a tight angle and Donnarumma clears with his legs. Good effort, good save.

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Donnarumma almost hands City a chance

A good ball in from City is spilled by Gianluigi Donnarumma, but Raheem Sterling isn’t alert and the Italian can collect at the second attempt.

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Sterling fires wide!

Great pass from Cancelo, Sterling guides it wide. Almost the perfect start.

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Teams back out

PSG players ask the referee and his assistants a few questions as they walk out. Presumably about why Kevin De Bruyne is still on the pitch.

His challenge on Gueye was not a good one at all.

We’re back underway.

HT – PSG 1-0 CityJoe Bray

Watch the Sterling and Bernardo chance

We still can’t work out how it didn’t go in.

HT – PSG 1-0 CityStuart Brennan

Half time ratings

Ederson – One good save from Herrera 7

Walker – No scares from Neymar 7

Dias – Exposed a couple of times 5

Laporte – Finding it tough against Messi/Mbappe 5

Cancelo – Needs more help 6

Rodri – Trying to exert control 7

Bernardo – Busy, influential – but a big miss! 6

De Bruyne – Exquisite cross deserved a goal 7

Mahrez – Threat but no end product 6

Sterling – Should have scored 6

Grealish – Take your man on! 6

Raheem Sterling’s header hits the crossbar (Image: Man City)

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Half time!

PSG lead at the break through Idrissa Gueye’s early goal.

It’s been practically all City since then – aside from one chance where Marquinhos almost scored – and the Blues should be level after Raheem Sterling and then Bernardo Silva inexplicably hit the bar in quick succession.

City are far from out of this one, but have work to do in the second half.

Bernardo Silva hits the bar (Image: Getty)

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Four minutes added on

Seems quite low. But still time for City to get level before the break.

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Dias wants a penalty

From a corner, Ruben Dias goes down and wants a penalty. Not given.

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Gueye is okay

After quite a lengthy stoppage, Idrissa Gueye gets to his feet and a stretcher is ushered away.

PSG were trying to get more serious action taken against De Bruyne.

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De Bruyne booked

Kevin De Bruyne catches Idrissa Gueye late and gets a booking. It’s not a pretty tackle, and he could be lucky just to get a yellow – De Bruyne’s studs caught Gueye high on the ankle on the follow-through after getting the ball.

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