Manchester City came back from a goal down to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Wednesday, securing top spot in Group A for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Mauricio Pochettino, who has been linked with Manchester United, wanted his squad to avoid defeat to have a chance of winning the group, but the hosts’ dominance ultimately prevailed.
Guardiola, on the other hand, would have been irritated by the number of chances City missed in the first half, especially since Kylian Mbappe put PSG ahead four minutes later.
PSG’s attacking threat had significantly strengthened, but City stepped up their game once more and deservedly leveled through Raheem Sterling, before substitute Jesus capped an excellent triumph.
However, PSG will qualify for the knockout phase regardless of RB Leipzig’s victory over Club Brugge.
City seemed in command virtually from the start, with Rodri’s looping header clearing off the line by Presnel Kimpembe after just six minutes.
After Ilkay Gundogan hit the post from the heart of the box, Keylor Navas denied Riyad Mahrez at full-stretch, with PSG creating precious little at the other end.
PSG, on the other hand, had a rare chance early in the second half when Mbappe hammered a shot through Ederson’s legs after Lionel Messi’s cross at the end of a flowing play landed pleasantly at the back post.
City’s equalizer came 13 minutes later, with Rodri picking off Kyle Walker at the far post, whose ball across the face of goal was nudged on by Jesus and prodded in by Sterling.
After being expertly teed up by Bernardo Silva, Jesus subsequently got the winner 14 minutes from time, guiding in a perfect finish.