Man City 2-1 PSG: Player rating


Man City sealed their status as group winners in the Champions League after coming from behind to defeat PSG 2-1 thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

Although PSG were able to break through City’s midfield lines on a few occasions, the early substitutions belonged to Pep Guardiola’s side.

It had only been four minutes before PSG were forced to take drastic action. Riyad Mahrez’s free kick floated to the far post where Rodri stepped on top and nodded towards goal, only for Presnel Kimpembe to divert the ball from the line.

It was a similar moment shortly after. City worked the ball down on his right side between Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva before Mahrez collected the ball and only a goal line intervention from Achraf Hakimi prevented the home side from moving on.

Gundogan then hit the post from the edge of the box after Nuno Mendes failed in his clearance, before PSG threatened the City goal for the first time in the evening.

John Stones was caught on the ball in midfield, but when Kylian Mbappe was released by Neymar, the Frenchman could only screw his effort high and wide.

PSG came into the second half with greater impulses, and they were rewarded in the 50th minute when Mbappe broke the deadlock in the counterattack.

Lionel Messi worked the ball down the left and hit his pass over goal via a diversion from the Stones. Free at the back post, Mbappe collected the ball and hit through Ederson’s legs to get the traveling support to a frenzy.

However, the away team was ahead for just 12 minutes before Raheem Sterling restored parity. Kyle Walker met Rodris’s passing pass inside the penalty area and when Gabriel Jesus could not convert from unresolved, Sterling reacted at the back post to push the ball home.

Neymar then had an opportunity to restore PSG’s advantage as he slalomed through the city defense, only to shoot wide with his weak foot.

Greater punishment then came just moments after when Gabriel Jesus gave the fatal blow. Mahrez’s cross to the back post was intelligently dampened into the Brazilian’s path by Bernardo Silva, who stroked the ball past Navas.

This is how both teams gave grades.

Cancelo eases Mbappe off the ball / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / GettyImages

Ederson (GK) – 5/10 – Had very little to do other than pick the ball out of the net.

Kyle Walker (RB) – 7/10 – Contributed greatly in the lead until Sterling’s goal and chose the right moments to burst into the penalty area.

John Stones (CB) – 4/10 – A hairy moment that led to Mbappe’s chance in the first half, but otherwise.

Ruben Dias (CB) – 6/10 – Barely sweated, which says as much about his own qualities as it does PSG’s playing field.

Joao Cancelo (LB) – 6/10 – Such a threat to the left for Guardiola’s side, which constantly disturbs Hakimi with his footwork.

Zincheno was started by Guardiola / Laurence Griffiths / GettyImages

Rodri (DM) – 8/10 – Vital for stopping PSG’s counterattacks, showed great positional awareness and was extremely effective with his use of the ball.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (CM) – 3/10 – Man City’s injury problems meant a start in midfield for Ukraine’s national team player, but the match passed him by.

Ilkay Gundogan – (CM) – 5/10 – His movement from the midfield caused PSG problems, and constantly tried to attack the space in the visitors’ back line.

Sterling Celebrates / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / GettyImages

Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 6/10 – Justified his choice, constantly demanded the ball on his right hand and asked questions to Nuno Mendes, especially in the first half.

Bernardo Silva (ST) – 8/10 – An ungrateful task as the false ninth, saw very little of the ball in the first half, but shone after the break.

Raheem Sterling (LW) – 6/10 – A very ineffective performance until he gave the finishing touch to equalize for City in the second half.

54. An attacking change ???

? 0-1? #ManCity

– Manchester City (@ManCity) 24 November 2021

Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 6/10 – Provided a focal point for City in the second period and took the decisive goal.

Navas in Action / Alex Livesey – Danehouse / GettyImages

Keylor Navas (GK) – 5/10 – Did not have to make a proper save given the formidable central defensive pair in front of him.

Achraf Hakimi (RB) – 5/10 – Very few observations of the attacking third, even though he wasted a promising counterattack in the second half.

Marquinhos (CB) – 7/10 – His sense of danger in the expulsion booth was impeccable, which made a couple of decisive last ditch blocks.

Presnel Kimpembe (CB) – 7/10 – A commanding achievement that put his body at risk on countless occasions and was unfortunate to be on the losing side.

Nuno Mendes (LB) – 8/10 – Given the nod in the middle of Juan Bernat’s absence and stood out for PSG, and played a major role in the lead until Mbappe’s goal.

Herrera competes with Cancelo / Laurence Griffiths / GettyImages

Leandro Paredes (CM) – 7/10 – Impressive at the base of the midfield, annihilates some dangerous City moves and skillfully draws rules when required.

Idrissa Gueye (CM) – 5/10 – Spent most of his energy tracking Mahrez, which made him ineffective when he got the ball.

Ander Herrera (CM) – 2/10 – Given the nod over Marco Verratti, but did little to justify his choice.

Mbappe celebrates / Alex Livesey – Danehouse / GettyImages

Lionel Messi (RW) – 6/10 – Fewer ball touches than he usually had, but he made the difference in the lead up to Mbappe’s goal, albeit with some luck.

Kylian Mbappe (ST) – 7/10 – The liveliest of PSG’s three, was rewarded with his goal shortly after the break.

Neymar (LW) – 2/10 – Some flirt here and there, but struggled to come up with something meaningful. Passed on a golden-edged chance minutes before City’s winner.

⌚️67 ‘? Double change

Di Maria replaces @IGanaGueye + @KehrerThilo replaces @ nunomendes_35 #UCL | #MCIPSG

– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) 24 November 2021

Danilo (CM) – N / A

Angel di Maria (AM) – N / A

Thilo Kehrer (CB) – N / A

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