City Outsmarts PSG

Manchester City defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the Uefa Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Ethihad Stadium on Tuesday evening to reach the final four for the first time.  The two played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg with Man City holding the advantage by having netted two away goals.  PSG was looking dangerous in the beginning of the first half with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s curving free kick which was saved by Joe Hart.

It took City a while to get into a rhythm but they eventually did and were awarded a penalty in the 30th minute when visiting goalkeeper Kevin Trapp brought down Sergio Aguero in the box.  Trapp received a yellow card for his offence since he did not deny Aguero a goal scoring opportunity as the ball was going away from him.  The Argentine then missed the penalty by a yard and was denied the chance for his team to go ahead.

The Citizens however went into the break on a high as they had the most chances and looked more threatening than Laurent Blanc’s boys.  The second half was a bit more equal in terms of possession as well as attacking moves.  Les Parisiesn came close to scoring at the start of the stanza but Maxwell was ruled offside so the final shot from Lucas Moura did not count.

A number of bookings were presented to players from each team as the frustration of not scoring was building up.  Manuel Pellegrini’s players finally scored the first goal of the match when Kevin De Bruyne took a shot from outside the box.  The German’s effort flew past Trapp and the hosts began to celebrate in the 76th minute.  The score was 3-2 on aggregate as the English club booked its place in a first eve semi-final in the Champions League.