De Bruyne and Mahrez complete impressive comeback against PSG

Kevin De Bruynegave Riyad Mahrez permission to take the free-kick that led to Manchester City’s second goal, which proved to be the winner in their 2-1 victory against Paris St Germain.

De Bruyne had equalised in the 64th minute before Mahrez scored from the free-kick

Manchester City went into half-time 1-0 down, but a Kevin de Bruyne-inspired comeback in the second half means they go into the return leg at home next week with a 2-1 advantage, as they eye their first ever Champions League final.

An 18th straight away triumph for Pep Guardiola’s side was secured courtesy of a Mahrez free-kick that found a gap in the wall and, having lost control of the game, PSG then lost their cool in the closing stages, Idrissa Gueye shown a straight red for a dangerous challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.

Riyad Mahrez lines up his free-kick after asking Kevin de Bruyne if he could take it in Paris

There had been little sign of the drama to come at half-time. The hosts were deservedly ahead after Marquinhos – who had not played since scoring in a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the quarter-final first leg – had flicked in a deliciously whipped-in delivery from Angel Di Maria.

City’s best chance to equalise before the break came when the hosts gifted them possession, but Phil Foden was only able to shoot straight at Keylor Navas when afforded a clear sight of the target.

Mahrez scored a free-kick that gave Manchester City a 2-1 advantage going into the second leg

Yet Pep Guardiola’s side penned PSG in to change the complexion of the tie completely. They had a 65.1 per cent share of possession after the interval, leading to them getting two crucial away goals ahead of the return fixture next week.
De Bruyne appeared to be aiming for a team-mate but ended up scoring himself, though there was no doubt Mahrez meant his strike, PSG crumbling under pressure.

De Bruyne was awarded man-of-the-match for his performance after scoring his side's opener

While there is still work to do back in Manchester, a first-ever Champions League final appearance for the club is within City’s grasp thanks to an unforgettable night in Paris.

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