Manchester City vs PSG, Champions League: live score and latest updates 

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8:48PM

HT Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Just the 21 seconds of added in time before the half-time whistle blows.

Manchester City pretty much did everything right but score the vital goal. PSG’s attacking trio were largely kept quiet, Mahrez led the way in attack, and the width of a post stopped Gundogan from putting City ahead. 

8:45PM

44 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

And that… is where PSG can be so dangerous. Stones gets caught doing keep-uppy on the half-way line trying to control the ball, and its three versus three on the break.

Messi feeds the ball to Mbappe on the left of the box. He dips his shoulder and tries to find the far top corner first time, but it’s high and wide. 

Off target but a warning shot all the same.

8:43PM

43 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

No where to go for the visitors as Herrera gives the ball away cheaply inside his own half. 

8:42PM

40 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Boos ring out after Messi goes down on the far touchline after looking like he was caught by Cancelo. Replays show it might have been a trailing arm, perhaps the City man leaving his mark on his opponent after being nutmegged by the South American. After a short while on the floor, Messi pulls himself to his feet.

8:38PM

38 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Ten attempts for City compared to PSG’s two. City are very much on top.

Very little about the famed PSG front three of Messi, Neymar and Mbappé to write about so far.

8:37PM

36 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Now even the quick bypassing of the City press isn’t working for the visitors as they give the ball away. The home fans are roaring on their team, shouts of ‘City, City, City’ ring around the Etihad. 

8:35PM

35 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Now it’s Sterling down the left of the box cutting back to Gundogan, and it’s yet another block from a defender in a dark blue shirt. City are stepping through the gears… but will the end result be a goal?

8:34PM

33 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

OFF THE POST! Panic stations in the PSG defence as the ball lands at the feet of an unmarked Gundogan inside the ball. He opens his body up and tries to find the bottom right corner but the ball smacks the upright instead.

8:33PM

31 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Another good passage of play from City. Mahrez is involved again, slipping in Bernardo Silva down the left channel but Navas gathers the low cross after a lucky deflection off his team-mate.

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Mahrez rues a missed chance

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8:31PM

30 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Half an hour played. Regardless of the result at 90 minutes, both teams are qualifying for the last 16 as things stand as RB Leipzig are now 3-0 up against Club Brugge.

8:29PM

28 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

At the other end, Sterling cuts the ball back to Zinchenko but Marquinhos throws his body in the way to block the half-volley from 12 yards. Zinchenko must have thought it was time to start celebrating the way he caught his shot.

8:28PM

27 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Nuno Mendes decides to do things himself, driving forward past Walker into the box down the right and bringing a low, but very comfortable, save from Ederson down to his left.

8:26PM

25 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Slight heart in mouth moment for PSG keeper Navas as he miscontrols a simple back pass and has to quickly adjust to prevent a horror moment for his team.

8:24PM

23 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

City have had five shots so far to PSG’s one. Will the hosts rue not making this start count?

Another warning side as the visitors outplay the City press again to burst out of their own half. 

8:23PM

21 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Kimpembe has had a busy night so far in the PSG defence, and again he’s called into action to block a shot from Zinchenko.

Meanwhile RB Leipzig are winning 2-0 at Club Brugge. If the result were to stay the same, both City and PSG would be through to the last 16.

8:20PM

18 mins Manchester City 0 PSG 0

CHANCE! Mahrez goes so close to giving City the lead. After clever play from City, Mahrez looks to curl one into the far top corner from inside the box but the smallest of deflections off the head of Hakimi means it goes over with Navas beaten in the PSG goal.

8:18PM

17 mins: Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Nuno Mendes plays in to the feet of Neymar on the edge of the box. He jinks his way to the box but the offside flag comes up.

8:14PM

13 mins: Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Mahrez throws himself to the floor in the corner of the box after a challenge from Nuno Mendes. He wants a penalty but that looked a very good interception to me. 

8:11PM

10 mins: Manchester City 0 PSG 0

Hakimi steals the ball off the toes of Sterling just as the England man was about to pull the trigger in the box. Quick as flash the visitors are up the other end of the pitch. That’s the danger City face with over-committing players forward.

A bit of welcome keep ball for PSG but the men in blue have managed to get numbers back now.

8:09PM

8 mins: Manchester City 0 PSG 0

PSG have just played themselves out of a strong City press inside their very own box, it was almost like a casual passing drill despite the obvious pressure being put on them. 

8:07PM

6 mins: Manchester City 0 PSG 0

CHANCE! Good ball in from Mahrez, who won the free-kick. It’s towards the back post where Rodri heads goalwards but Kimpembe is well placed to clear from just in front of his own goal line.

8:05PM

4 mins: Manchester City 0 PSG 0

All the action has pretty much been in PSG’s half so far. Mahrez looks like he has run himself into trouble down the right, but does win a freekick when Neymar comes in too hot.

A good opportunity for a set-piece move…

8:03PM

3 mins: Manchester City 0 PSG 0

There’s been plenty of early ball for City, who have Zinchenko in midfield. As Guardiola suggested pre-match, they’re looking to be aggressive off the ball and duly force Tavares Mendes to miscontrol on the near touchline.

8:02PM

2 mins: Manchester City 0 PSG 0

PSG, in all dark blue playing from right to left, get us underway. City appear to have started with a back four.

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Cancelo drifts a cross in from the left and Tavares Mendes fends off the danger.

7:58PM

Bring it on

On paper this should be a cracker. Star-studded line ups, a sell out Etihad stadium, Champions League knockout places up for grabs. Let’s see what we get on the pitch…

7:55PM

Scene setter

Currently a fancy light show going on at the Etihad ahead of the players emerging from the tunnel. Moments away from kick-off now.

7:44PM

Guardiola’s pre-match thoughts

Foden and Grealish missing

Jack was injured after the national team and Phil had a problem against Everton, yesterday he didn’t feel good and that is why he is out.

Cancelo in line for a different role?

Er no. Play good with the ball, and help the team. 

Thoughts on the PSG team

We worked [for different formations[ but the idea for them and for us is the same. We are going to try to be aggressive without the ball. They have a lot of quality. 

7:29PM

Sold out Etihad 

The Etihad is not known for filling up when it comes to Champions League matches but it is not every day that Lionel Messi and Co are in town…

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PSG fans make themselves known

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7:25PM

Messi v Guardiola

It was against City that Messi got his first goal for new club PSG back in September. Since then he has added three more to his tally but he certainly has a liking for goals against Guardiola teams…. in five games, he has managed seven goals. 

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Messi gets off the mark

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7:05PM

Spotlight on Messi

Lionel Messi still searching for lift off as his Paris St-Germain project splutters, writes Jason Burt.

He’s been given the nod to start tonight alongside Mbappe and Neymar, and will no doubt relish the chance to rediscover his best form.

7:00PM

Poch a wanted man

It’s never a quiet week where PSG are concerned. But the club and manager have had to fend off additional headlines over the last few days with Mauricio Pochettino linked to the now vacant post at Manchester United.

As James Ducker writes, however, the French club are determined their man will not be leaving before the end of the season – although they are open to a move at the end of the campaign. You can read more on that here

6:56PM

Recent head to head

  • Manchester City went unbeaten in their first five meetings with Paris Saint-Germain in European competition (W3 D2), but suffered a 2-0 defeat in their most recent meeting back in September. City, however, have won both of their games against the French side on home soil in the Champions League – 1-0 in April 2016 and 2-0 in May 2021.
  • Paris Saint-Germain have only won 20% of their meetings with Manchester City in the Champions League (1/5). Among teams they have faced at least five times in the competition, only against Real Madrid (17% – 1/6) do they have a lower win percentage.

Via Opta Stats

6:54PM

Messi, Neymar and Mbappe start

Meanwhile its Neymar, Messi and Mbappe up front for the visitors. Sergio Ramos, the four-time Champions League winner, is on the bench, and could make his debut tonight after leaving Real Madrid this summer.

PSG starting XI: Navas, Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, Paredes, Ander Herrera, Gueye, Messi, Mbappe-Lottin, Neymar

Subs: Sergio Ramos, Verratti, Icardi, Di Maria, Danilo Pereira, Dagba, Wijnaldum, Diallo, Kehrer, Ebimbe, Donnarumma, Franchi

6:52PM

No Grealish or Foden

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Mahrez, Silva, Sterling

Subs: Steffen, Carson, Ake, Jesus, Laporte, Fernandinho, Palmer, McAtee

Kevin De Bruyne was already a confirmed absentee due to Covid, and City will also be without Jack Grealish, who sat out training yesterday, and Phil Foden who is also not fully fit for the match tonight.

6:46PM

Early City team news

6:43PM

1st vs 2nd 

So what’s at stake on the pitch tonight?

Well, Man City and PSG currently occupy first and second place respectively in Group A. City are ahead by one point with two games left.

A point will guarantee Guardiola’s side a place in the last 16 but a victory over Mauricio Pochettino’s star-studded side would secure them first place with a game to spare.

4:14PM

Guardiola’s invaluable support

By Mike McGrath

With all eyes on Mauricio Pochettino who is being considered for the Manchester United job and a return to the Premier League – and United’s structure behind the scenes scrutinised after their decline since Sir Alex Ferguson’s era –  Pep Guardiola has underlined the importance of Man City director of football Txiki Begiristain in keeping him at the club.

“One of the reasons why I extended my contract two times is because Txiki is here,” said Guardiola. “He trusted me as a manager when I wasn’t anyone in world football, training in the fourth division and he trusted me when he could choose many incredible managers at that time.

“We met each other when I was 19. Since then, we have been close friends and we work together incredibly well and when we are winning we try to analyse why and when we are losing we try to analyse why and no one judges the other one, good or bad. 

“I’m never judged for results, (but) for our capacity, him and me. He never goes to the media. Always success is for the other ones, he is always behind the scenes and you don’t find these type of people in this world because egos are also so so high.

“I can do my job completely free, accepting the good moments and bad moments. In the bad moments, he is closer than ever and in the good moments we celebrate with a glass of wine.”

Jack Grealish is poised to miss out with a muscular problem, while Kevin De Bruyne is out isolating with Covid-19. 

“I think the biggest challenge is for both teams both managers know each other quite well,” said City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. “Unfortunately he was able to beat us in the past quite regularly and also in the Tottenham games so that is not really an advantage for us but in the modern game all the teams started to know each other quite well, they have possibilities to scout each other so I don’t think there are much elements left.”