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Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Manchester City: Fernandinho helps City snatch draw in Champions League

From Andy Hampson in Paris

Published 06/04/2016

Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho reacts after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho reacts after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Thiago Motta (L) vies with Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart jumps to catch the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero (L) vies with Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender David Luiz during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) reacts next to Manchester City's Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero (L) vies with Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender David Luiz during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Joe Hart of Manchester City dives in vain as Adrien Rabiot (not pictured) of Paris Saint-Germain scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Joe Hart (C) of Manchester City reacts while Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates as Adrien Rabiot (not pictured) of Paris Saint-Germain scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) vies with Manchester City's French defender Eliaquim Mangala during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's players celebrate after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Fernandinho (2nd R) of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot (R) celebrates after scoring a goal next to Paris Saint-Germain's Ivorian defender Serge Aurier during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp celebrates after his side score a second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, First Leg match at the Parc des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Paris St Germain. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart stops the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero (R) vies with Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Serbian referee Milorad Mazic gives a yellow card to Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernando during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Joe Hart of Manchester City saves the penalty by Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Blaise Matuidi (C) of Paris Saint-Germain reacts after challenged by Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City in the penalty area during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Fernandinho hit a deflected equaliser as Manchester City snatched a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

City looked to be running into trouble at the Parc des Princes after casually allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to cancel out a Kevin De Bruyne strike and falling behind to an Adrien Rabiot tap-in.

But after Ibrahimovic continued to atone for an early penalty miss by heading against the bar, Fernandinho took advantage of some poor PSG defending to net a vital second away goal.

It was a compelling encounter and City can take huge encouragement from their performance, aside from a couple of lapses which included Fernando's error for PSG's first goal.

It took just 13 seconds for the game's first flashpoint as David Luiz pulled back Sergio Aguero to earn a booking that rules him out of the second leg.

It was a bright start by City and Aguero also shot over before Jesus Navas whipped in a fine cross which David Silva headed wide.

But PSG also looked dangerous and Eliaquim Mangala, who said on the eve of the game he was not scared of the hosts' formidable front line, was soon in the thick of the action.

The Frenchman had to cut out an early pass meant for Ibrahimovic and then survived a major penalty scare as Blaise Matuidi tumbled in the area after contact between the pair.

Referee Milorad Mazic was unmoved on that occasion but it was different after 12 minutes as Luiz controlled the ball and then fell over a tackle from Bacary Sagna.

Ibrahimovic stepped up to take the spot-kick but Joe Hart fully justified his selection after being rushed back from a calf injury by saving to his right.

Ibrahimovic was immediately gifted a chance to make amends for his miss as Nicolas Otamendi gave away possession but the Swede shot over.

After riding that storm, City snatched the lead after 38 minutes as Fernando seized on a stray pass by Luiz and released fellow Brazilian Fernandinho. De Bruyne timed his run into the box perfectly and finished expertly after being found by a well-weighted pass.

That put City into a position of strength but it proved fleeting as they conspired to undo a lot of their good work just three minutes later.

Fernando was too casual as he received a Hart pass on the edge of his own box and Ibrahimovic, determined not to waste another chance, pounced on the Brazilian's poor touch to equalise.

Matuidi then passed up an opportunity to put PSG ahead before receiving a yellow card which will also see him suspended for the return match early in the second half.

PSG began to turn up the heat and grabbed the lead on the hour as Rabiot followed up Hart's save from an Edinson Cavani header to score at the far post - and moments later as Ibrahimovic rattled the bar with a header.

It looked like City might have a long final half hour to hold on - but they managed to level the tie by forcing a PSG error.

Sagna found space down the right and Serge Aurier and Thiago Silva both got into a mess trying to clear his cross. Fernandinho took full advantage as he fired home, with the aid of a big deflection.

That took the sting out of the hosts and City saw out the game to give themselves the edge heading into next Tuesday''s return.

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