Champions League semifinals: Paris St. Germain vs. Manchester City best moments
All eyes were back on Europe for another star-studded affair Wednesday.
A strong first half — and 1-0 lead — for PSG were erased by a series of calamitous errors in the second half, giving Man City a strong foothold in their tie, with a 2-1 advantage after the first leg.
Conceding a pair of second-half goals and finishing the game down a man after a red card will leave PSG searching for answers ahead of the second leg, scheduled for Tuesday in Manchester.
What went down Wednesday? Here are the best moments from the first leg of City and PSG's tie:
From bad to worse
Gundogan was able to recover and walk off the damage, but Paris St. Germain? Not so much.
Wall? Not exactly ...
City's second goal came off a free kick from Riyad Mahrez that rifled right through PSG's wall and into the back of the net.
It wasn't the most beautiful of free kicks, but City will take it all day.
To add a level of irony to the event, "Paredes" in Spanish translates to "walls" in English.
Nightmare for Navas
Manchester City got on the board in the 64th minute with the help of some dubious goalkeeping on the part of PSG's Keylor Navas.
Credit De Bruyne for putting the ball in a dangerous spot, but Navas will be kicking himself for not doing better there.
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This sequence didn't result in a goal, but it's still worth marveling at the skill on display.
Down 1-0 near the end of the first half, the Citizens were presented with an opportunity after some loose play at the back from PSG.
Navas was rooted at the right spot, stopping the 20-year-old's blasted shot and collecting shortly thereafter.
For all of PSG's vaunted attacking talent, it was center back and captain Marquinhos who got the hosts on the board in the 15th minute.
Man City lost the Brazilian in the box on a corner kick, which he rose to nod home to the far corner and give the Parisians an early 1-0 lead.
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Neymar was, as the kids say, in his bag early against City.
Perched on the corner of Man City goalkeeper Ederson's penalty box, the crafty PSG star linked with teammate Marco Veratti for a give-and-go that Neymar nearly converted for an opening goal.
Neymar's shot was deflected and then parried away by Ederson for a corner.
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