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PSG vs. Man City live stream: Watch Champions League semifinal … Wed, 28 Apr 2021 10:00:00 -0700-Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain face off in the opening leg of their Champions League semifinal. Follow along for live updates.
Manchester City has stormed back to lead PSG, 2-1, Wednesday in the opening leg of their Champions League semifinal, with each seeking its first title in club soccer’s most prestigious international competition. City has advanced this far only once before, in 2016. PSG, which had a recent history of breakthrough expectations ending with spectacular collapses, reached the final for the first time last year. The match is being played under continuing fallout from the failed attempt by 12 clubs, one of which was City, to break away from the Champions League and form the Super League.
Follow along for live updates.
Pulisic’s goal gives Chelsea a boost and a draw vs. Real Madrid
Minutes after Manchester City took control of their first leg semifinal with successive goals against Paris Saint-Germain, the French club’s comeback grew more improbable when midfielder Idrissa Gueye was shown a red card and ejected in the 77th minute. Gueye slid into İlkay Gündoğan, stabbing his cleats into the midfielder’s ankle as he attempted to make a tackle.
Manchester City drew even when Kevin De Bruyne floated a cross toward John Stones as Stones ran toward the far post in the 64th minute. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas appeared to anticipate Stones’s first touch, but he never made contact as the ball curled around Navas and into the side of the net.
Manchester City have found greater success pressing forward and maintaining possession in the second half but those efforts had not produced points or many opportunities until De Bruyne’s goal. Before his score, PSG had twice as many shots (10 to five) and shots on goal (four to two).
But Manchester City continued to seize control as the half progressed and took charge seven minutes later when Riyad Mahrez split the wall with a rifling free kick to take the lead in the 71st minute.
Marquinhos gave Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 first half lead over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.
PSG went ahead when Ángel Di María whipped a corner kick into the penalty area in the 15th minute. Marquinhos rose to head the ball into the corner of the net, tallying a goal in his second consecutive match. He last played in PSG’s April 7 quarterfinal against Bayern Munich, but missed the team’s next five matches with an adductor injury that reportedly threatened his availability for Wednesday’s semifinal.
Paris Saint-Germain controlled the first half, creating significantly more chances including those that resulted from a promising buildup through the 34th minute. PSG continued to string passes together but the attack fizzled out when Neymar struggled to corral a pass to the center of the area.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden missed an opportunity to equalize when Keylor Navas repelled his close-range effort in the 42nd minute.
Marquinhos’s availability had been in question for Wednesday’s semifinal after an adductor injury forced him off the pitch earlier this month. He had last played on April 7, when he scored during PSG’s first leg against Bayern Munich.
In his return against Manchester City, the Brazilian defender helped PSG draw first blood in the 15th minute, when he rose to meet a corner kick from Ángel Di María and steered his headed shot into the opposite corner of the net.
Starting 11: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Rúben Dias, John Stones, João Cancelo, Rodrigo, İlkay Gündoğan, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez
Starting 11: Keylor Navas, Alessandro Florenzi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Mitchel Bakker, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes, Ángel Di María, Marco Verratti, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé
Midfielder Phil Foden has scored in three of the team’s last six matches. City is loaded with threats including Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. Ferran Torres has four goals in six tournament games and İlkay Gündoğan has three goals in nine appearances.
Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson has allowed just three goals during this season’s tournament. Zack Steffen, a former University of Maryland standout, sits behind him and has played one game in the tournament. Steffen, who started in Sunday’s League Cup final, will be the second American player to participate in a Champions League semifinal next to Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, who made history after scoring in Tuesday’s semifinal.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are tied as the tournament’s second highest scoring teams (21).
Paris Saint Germain features two of the tournament’s top three scorers, Kylian Mbappé (eight goals) and Neymar (six). Mbappe is expected to play Wednesday after enduring a thigh injury late against FC Metz on Saturday.
The PSG star has been critical to the team’s success, scoring 19 goals in his last 14 appearances and recording two braces in the last week — including one against Metz. His blistering pace provides a consistent threat on the counterattack. Behind him and Neymar, the team’s next highest scorer in the competition is Moise Kean (three goals).
Defender Marquinhos’s availability is in question as he grapples with an adductor injury. He last played on April 7, when he scored during PSG’s first leg against Bayern Munich.
The controversy and commotion surrounding the short-lived European Super League was cast aside for a few welcomed hours Tuesday in rainy Madrid for the resumption of the continent’s cornerstone, the UEFA Champions League.
And on a night pitting two of the world heavyweights who nine days earlier had threatened to break from the tournament, a young American from Pennsylvania burst back into the spotlight with a first-half goal and put his club in position to reach the May 29 final.
Christian Pulisic, a 22-year-old winger from Hershey, became the first U.S. national team player to score in a Champions League semifinal, and Chelsea happily accepted a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the first of two legs.
“It’s a proud moment, but the job is nowhere near done,” Pulisic said. “There’s still a lot of work to do.”
Paris Saint-Germain has won four of its last five matches across all competitions. Its lone loss during that stretch was a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal. The week before, Les Parisiens won their first bout, 3-2, avenging a loss to the German power in last year’s final. Their three away goals provided the tiebreaker that pushed PSG into Wednesday’s first leg.
The French club topped Barcelona in the round of 16, 5-2 on aggregate. It lost two of its first three group stage matches, but won its last two by a combined 8-2 margin over Manchester United and İstanbul Başakşehir.
PSG dismissed Thomas Tuchel as coach in December. He was replaced by former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino in January. Chelsea, which drew Real Madrid in Tuesday’s semifinal, hired Tuchel three weeks after Pochettino joined Paris Saint-Germain.
City advanced to the semifinals after a pair of victories over Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals and Borussia Mönchengladbach in the round of 16. The team did not lose a group stage game, winning all but its second match against FC Porto, a scoreless draw in early December.
Coach Pep Guardiola won the European Cup as a player in 1992 — the same year the competition was renamed Champions League. He won it twice more as the manager of FC Barcelona but has yet to advance beyond the semifinals since joining Manchester City in 2016.
Manchester City holds a 10-point lead atop the Premier League table. It has won four of its last five league games, earning those wins by a decisive 12-3 margin.
Champions League semifinal live updates: PSG vs. Manchester City Wed, 28 Apr 2021 10:00:00 -0700-Either PSG or Man City will reach the final of this year's Champions League. But first, they'll have to play each other in a semifinal that you can watch live today.
PSG vs. Man City start time and channels
The PSG vs. Man City semifinal kicks off at 3 p.m. EDT/noon PDT today (April 28). US viewers can stream the match on either Paramount Plus or CBS Sports Network. In the UK, PSG vs. Man City airs on BT Sport, with the match kicking off at 8 p.m BST. The two teams face each other in Manchester in the return leg on May 4.
Two clubs with a history of coming up short in the UEFA Champions League are meeting now in the semifinals of this year's tournament, and one thing is certain — either Paris St-Germain or Manchester City will make an appearance in the Champions League final.
PSG, of course, shook off years of Champions League flame-outs last year when it reached the final, only to fall to eventual champion Bayern Munich. A galaxy of stars led by Neymar and Kylian Mbappé under the guidance of new manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to ensure that PSG will clear that final hurdle this time around.
Standing in PSG's way is Manchester City, which won its first trophy of the season this past weekend in the Carabao Cup final. Man City is also cruising to another Premier League title, but it's the Champions League trophy that manager Pep Guardiola really wants to lift — he hasn't won that title since 2011 with Barcelona.
PSG vs. Man City brings two star-studded teams together in what could be a high-scoring affair across the two legs of this tie. Here's where you can find that Champions League semifinal match and how a VPN can help you find a feed if the match isn't streaming in your area.
PSG vs. Man City live stream: How to watch via a VPN
Even if a PSG vs. Man City live stream isn't immediately available in your area, you can still watch the match today if you turn to a virtual private network, or VPN. With a VPN, you can make it seem as if you're surfing the web from anywhere in the world, which lets you access live streams that might otherwise be geo-locked.
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PSG vs. Man City live stream: How to watch in the U.S.
Paramount Plus will show a PSG vs. Man City live stream for U.S. viewers, as it has for earlier Champions League matches. Formerly known as CBS All Access, Paramount Plus is a subscription streaming service that costs $5.99 a month. Anyone can subscribe, even cord cutters who've given up on cable.
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In addition, the PSG vs. Man City match will air on CBS Sports Channel in the U.S. This cable channel is part of a lot of cable TV packages, but if you don't receive it — or you've given up on cable entirely — you can turn to a subscription streaming service like Fubo.TV, which includes CBS Sports Network in its $65-a-month offering.
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You'll find the PSG vs. Man City live stream on BT Sport — BT Sport 2, specifically. Coverage is already underway, but that's just pre-match hype. You'll be able to watch the PSG vs. Man City match itself at 8 p.m. BST.
You can get BT Sport through BT as well as in the form of an add-on to Sky. BT Sport subscribers are able to stream PSG vs. Man City on the BT Sport website or by using the channel's dedicated app (Android, iOS). A monthly BT Sport pass will cost you £25.
PSG vs. Man City live stream: How to watch in Canada
DAZN carries the Champions League in Canada (though viewers in some parts of the country may be able to watch the PSG vs. Man City live stream on CBS Sports Network.) You can sign up for the service and get a 1-month free trial. After that, it's $20-a-month or an annual subscription of $150 for DAZN.
PSG vs. Man City live stream: How to watch in other countries
Here's a sampling of where you can find a PSG vs. Man City live stream in other parts of the world.
- Australia: Optus Sport
- Brazil: GUIGO, Estádio TNT Sports, TNT Go, TNT Brasil
- France: RMC Sport 1, RMC Sport en direct
- India: SONY TEN 2 HD, Sony LIV, SONY TEN 2
- Indonesia: Vidio, SCTV
- Ireland: Virgin Media Two, BT Sport App, BBC Radio 5 Live, Virgin TV Go, BT Sport 2, TalkSport Radio UK, BTSport.com
- Japan: WOWOW Prime
- Mexico: Fox Sports Cono Norte, ESPN Play Norte, Fox Sports 2 Cono Norte, ESPN Norte, Fox Sports App, ESPN2 Norte
- New Zealand: beIN Sports Connect New Zealand, Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports
- Puerto Rico: SportsMax 2, SportsMax App
For a PSG vs. Man City live stream in other areas, visit LiveSoccerTV.com.
– April 28, 2021