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My name is Jeroen van Barneveld and I will keep you informed about Paris Saint-Germain-Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

  • Champions League

  • PSG-Manchester City

  • 1st leg semi-final

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The ball rolls back into the Parc des Princes for the second half of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

Will PSG increase the lead?

Or does Manchester City have an answer to the flashy game of the home team after the break?

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The players return to the field for the second half of Paris Saint-Germain-Manchester City.

Neymar comes out with a wrapped arm.

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This photo alone shows how things are going at Paris Saint-Germain-Manchester City.

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino watches with his hands in his pockets as his team overwhelms City, while his colleague Pep Guardiola gestures firmly to take his floundering players by the hand.

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Former Orange international Nigel de Jong also speaks on Twitter of a "disappointing" first half of his old club Manchester City against Paris Saint-Germain.

The wrecker in midfield wonders whether manager Pep Guardiola will intervene.

De Jong played with 'The Citizens' from 2009 to 2012.

Disappointed first half for the boys In sky blue..Changes to be made straight away or starting again with the first 11? PSG playing with more confidence in this first 45. #ChampionsLeague


Avatar Author Nigel de Jong Moment of places 19:50 - April 28, 2021

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Paris Saint-Germain goes to the dressing room with an excellent feeling, because after a sweltering first half, the Parisians lead more than deservedly 1-0 against Manchester City.

The only goal of the match was scored by Marquinhos.

The Brazilian heads in hard from a corner after fifteen minutes of play.

Phil Foden fails to make it 1-1 right before half time, but that would also have been too much of a good thing for poor City.

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Here Phil Foden has to balance the score, after the VAR rules that Neymar will not receive a penalty.

The midfielder has the corner to choose, but shoots the ball straight at PSV goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who only has to extend his arms.

Here the Englishman could have given his ailing team a tremendous boost.

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41 'Isn't this a penalty for PSG?

Neymar gets a punch in the back from Riyad Mahrez in a promising position and eagerly goes to the ground.

Referee Felix Brych sees nothing in it.

Does the VAR feel the same way?

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Watch here how Marquinhos gave Paris Saint-Germain the lead against Manchester City with a header.

Marquinhos heads PSG from a corner kick against City

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32 'There is the first real chance for Manchester City.

After an interception by Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez heads the ball towards the busy goal mouth, but a PSG defender can defuse the danger in the nick of time.

Bernardo Silva was ready to head in.

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This image illustrates the relationship in the exciting first half hour between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

The English visitors are actually behind the facts from the kick-off against the countering home team and are therefore deservedly behind.

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Again, Paris Saint-Germain is deadly from a corner, this time from the other side.

Leandro Paredes crawls ahead of John Stones and heads just wide at the front post.

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Neymar and Marquinhos are over the moon after the latter's early opening goal.

It is already the Brazilian's third goal in the current Champions League season.

Ajax player Nicolás Tagliafico was the last defender to reach that number in the memorable 2018/2019 season.

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20 'Manchester City has now understood that it cannot be done that longer and seems to be playing with more poison.

So the English suddenly come out quickly.

Bernardo Silva cleverly runs away from the back of Mitchel Bakker on a long pass and slides to an attempt on goal.

PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas has an answer to the Portuguese's commitment.

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15 'GOAL Paris Saint-Germain!


The opening goal for PSG has been in the air for a while and now it falls.

Captain Marquinhos heads hard from a corner by Ángel Di María and puts the home team on a deserved lead.

Manchester City can get to work.

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13 'Neymar gets a dot of a chance on the opening goal.

After a fleeting cut, the Brazilian left winger with his right leg and he does it very hard.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson is struggling to reverse the bet, but he keeps his goal clean with art and flying work.

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12 'Manchester City is still walking around the field like a toothless tiger.

The English lack conviction and strength in the vanguard, while PSG appears threatening in the counter.

Obviously, something must change for the visitors to bring this match to a successful conclusion.

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7 'PSG left back Mitchel Bakker has never had to defend a single time and that says everything about the impasse in which Manchester City finds itself for the time being.

Manager Pep Guardiola's team, known for his flashy combination football, cannot get through.

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2 'The first shot of the match is credited to Neymar.

The Brazilian is launched by Kylian Mbappé in a PSG breakout, but his shot over the ground is an easy prey for Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.

PSG's intentions are already clear: sit back and counter.

Manchester City can make the game.

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The ball rolls into the empty Parc des Princes and so PSG-Manchester City has started.

Who will take the first step to the Champions League final in this cracker?

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The Champions League anthem plays in the empty Parc des Princes, meaning Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have taken the field.

This Champions League cracker is about to start.

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Kylian Mbappé smiles bare his teeth during the warm-up.

The French star is clearly looking forward to this cracker.

Will the child prodigy shine again tonight under the spotlight of the Champions League?

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A striking fact that speaks in favor of Paris Saint-Germain tonight.

The last three clubs to eliminate Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League were all with the 'Cup with the Big Ears' at the end of the season.

They were AC Milan (2006/07), FC Barcelona (2008/09) and Real Madrid (2016/17).

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Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have faced each other in the Champions League before.

In 2016, both clubs met in the quarter-finals.

Manchester City was then 3-2 too strong in two games, but was eliminated by Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

At PSG, Gregory van der Wiel was in the base at the time.

Nowadays, the right back is active at RKC Waalwijk.

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Under a clear blue sky, Paris Saint-Germain is warming up for the cracker against Manchester City.

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CL win still obsession for PSG and City

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have been aiming for the Champions League victory since the arrival of the previously mentioned oil sheiks, but so far the 'Cup with the Big Ears' is still an obsession for both clubs.

PSG reached the final last season, but lost it 0-1 to Bayern Munich.

Despite the financial injections, Manchester City never made it to the final battle of the million ball.

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So far, Kylian Mbappé is the big man in the current Champions League season.

The French star has already been accurate eight times in the current competition.

With two goals, he also contributed greatly to the elimination of title holder Bayern Munich in the previous round.

PSG and Bayern held each other in the diptych at 3-3, but the Parisians went to the last four based on away goals.

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Also a battle between the oil sheiks

PSG-Manchester City is also the battle between the very rich oil sheiks Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani (PSG) and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Manchester City).

Al-Thani, who heads PSG owner Qatar Sports Investments and is the Emir of Qatar, owns tens of billions in the oil state with his family, while the assets of Sheikh Mansour, also vice prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, would be around 25 billion euros.

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The stands in the Parc des Princes must remain empty tonight due to the corona pandemic, but that does not stop fans of Paris Saint-Germain from waiting for the bus at the stadium.

An hour ago, the players of the home team were welcomed with fireworks and banners.

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Aké back on the bench at Manchester City

At Manchester City, Orange international Nathan Aké has to make do with a place on the reserve



That is now a familiar place for the defender, because in 2021 he came to only 57 playing minutes so far, partly due to injuries.

Remarkably, Raheem Sterling has also been passed by manager Pep Guardiola.

The English top talent Phil Foden takes his place as left winger.

Manchester City line-up: 


Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo;

Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne;

Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Foden.

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Bakker gets base place at PSG.

This semi-final also has a Dutch contribution, because Mitchel Bakker starts in the base at Paris Saint-Germain.

The young North Hollander, who played in Ajax's youth academy from 2010 to 2018, is of course set up as a left back.

Of course, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé are also present at PSG, although Mbappé retired on Saturday with an injury in the league match against FC Metz.

PSG line-up: 


Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Bakker;

Gueye, Paredes, Verratti;

Di María, Neymar, Mbappé.

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The Champions League hymn is about to resound.

After Real Madrid-Chelsea (yesterday), Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City will face each other tonight in Paris in the semifinals of the million ball.

Who takes an important first step towards the final battle?

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