Manchester City advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League as Group A winners on Wednesday night after a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad.
PSG also advanced to the round of 16 after RB Leipzig erased Club Brugge 5-0 to finish third with four points in the group.
This defeat put an end to Brugge’s chances of reaching the round of 16. The Belgians needed to beat Leipzig and hope for a defeat for PSG in England before winning at the Parc des Princes in a fortnight.
These permutations were irrelevant after Emil Forsberg scored a brace after Christopher Nkunku’s opener in the 12th minute at the Jan Breydel Stadion.
Andre Silva also added his name to the first half scoresheet. Nkunku, a product of the PSG academy, added the icing on the cake in the second half timeout.
With Bruges under a flood, it redefined the clash at the Etihad Stadium.
He first switched to the leaders of Ligue 1 just after half-time.
France international Kylian Mbappe picked up a pass from Lionel Messi and slammed the ball past City goalkeeper Ederson.
This allowed PSG to control the group with 11 points but the advantage was short lived.
Raheem Sterling scored his second goal in as many games after careful construction play from Rodri and Kyle Walker to bring the teams back to level in the 63rd minute. City were back in the lead with nine points against eight for PSG.
And less than 15 minutes later, City were in the lead after a sweeping move. Ilkay Gundogan jumped to the right and passed Riyad Mahrez.
The Algerian skipper curled a cross to the far post where Bernardo Silva dropped Gabriel Jesus to beat PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
“It’s Bernardo,” Jesus said of his teammate’s help for the winner in an interview with UK broadcaster BT Sport.
“I know his quality, that’s why I waited and I finished well. If I can score and come and help my team, that’s what I want to do every time I go on the pitch. C ‘was a good Bernardo ball so I got to score. “
In what will be ceremonial fixtures for the first two, City will travel to Leipzig on December 7 while PSG entertain Bruges. Leipzig and Bruges will fight for a place in the Europa League.
“The most important thing is to qualify,” the skipper of PSG Marquinhos told French channel Canal +.
“Sometimes you finish first and you play for a really strong club. Sometimes you finish second and you end up with a better draw.”
Originally posted on RFI