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Man City history boys step up glory bid with PSG Champions League win

Man City 1-0 PSG (City won 3-2 on agg.)

By Andy Hampson

Published 13/04/2016

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City (R) celebrates with team mates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City (R) celebrates with team mates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 12, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man City. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester City's Fernandinho (top) and Paris Saint-Germain's Javier Pastore battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (right) and Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester City's Bacary Sagna (right) and Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero lies injured during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City's David Silva (right) and Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City's David Silva shows his frustration during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City fans holds up signs in the stands during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City fans wave flags in the stands during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates with Fernandinho as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Joe Hart of Manchester City makes a save from Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Maxwell of Paris Saint-Germain is chased by Jesus Navas of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Thiago Silva of Paris Saint-Germain holds off Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Fernando of Manchester City jumps with Marquinhos of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester City's Fernandinho (right) and Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is fouled by Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to win his side a penalty during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (right) and Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero shows his frustration after a tackle on Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City look despondent as he is given assistance during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 12: Kevin de Bruyne of Manchester City holds off Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo shows a yellow card to goalkeeper Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain after he fouls Sergio Aguero of Manchester City (10) during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City is fouled by goalkeeper Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain for a penalty during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City misses a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City reacts as he misses a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City is challenged by Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City is challenged by Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (right) and Paris Saint-Germain's Serge Aurier battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (left) and Paris Saint-Germain's Gregory Van Der Wiel battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Nigel French/PA Wire
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart leads his players out of the tunnel for the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester City's Bacary Sagna (left) and Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria (right) battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Kevin De Bruyne hit a brilliant winner as Manchester City claimed a place in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time with a stunning victory over Paris St Germain.

De Bruyne (below) curled home a fine shot with 14 minutes of their last-eight tie at the Etihad Stadium remaining, securing a 1-0 victory and sending City through 3-2 on aggregate.

City put their fans through a nervy ride after Sergio Aguero missed a first-half penalty following an incident in which goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was perhaps lucky not to be sent off.

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But backed by raucous fans in a club record European crowd of 53,039, Manuel Pellegrini's men held on to seal a historic result.

The atmosphere was one of the liveliest City have produced in the competition and, contrary to suggestions it might set the wrong tone, the fans' now traditional booing of the anthem actually energised the crowd.

It still took time for the game to warm up but after Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his duel with Joe Hart by forcing the England goalkeeper to tip over his 15th-minute free-kick there were few quiet moments.

PSG, fielding an unfamiliar back three, looked the most vulnerable in defence with Serge Aurier looking particularly shaky.

Aguero started to look lively and shot narrowly wide twice in quick succession, the first from a tight angle and the second with a dipping half-volley.

The Argentinian was presented with an even better chance on the half-hour as he raced onto a Fernandinho pass but was brought down by goalkeeper Trapp.

Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo pointed to the spot but PSG had a double reprieve first as Trapp escaped with a yellow card and then as Aguero put his spot-kick wide.

Aguero's eventful first half continued as went down clutching his knee after landing awkwardly but City anxiety was eased as he got up to continue after treatment.

Thiago Motta was not so fortunate as he limped off with a hamstring injury on the stroke of half-time, forcing PSG to revert to a back four.

Needing a goal, the visitors started the second half well with Ibrahimovic again testing Hart with a thunderous free-kick and Gregory van der Wiel shooting straight at the goalkeeper.

City tried to mount some attacks themselves but were continually thwarted in the final third and had another nervy moment when Hart had to palm over a Thiago Silva header.

As time began to tick away for PSG, behind on away goals, City fans began to grow in confidence to the extent that they taunted Ibrahimovic. The Swede was compared unflatteringly to Andy Carroll and, far from winding up the PSG talisman, he seemed unable to get into the game.

Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi repelled the visitors and City finally broke the deadlock after 76 minutes as the outstanding De Bruyne curled a superb low shot past Trapp.

Aguero might even have increased the advantage moments later but fired narrowly wide from distance.

PSG battled on despite knowing they would need at least two goals but their efforts proved in vain.

Hart made a crucial save from Edinson Cavani and the French side were also denied by an offside flag when Ibrahimovic turned the ball in five minutes from time.

Hart said it was a special moment for the club.

"It's an amazing night for us," he said.

"We've worked hard in this competition. I've been here since the start of this Champions League run and we did struggle to start with but we started to piece together results and this speaks volumes.

"If you can stay in games then quality really does pay," the England keeper said.

"It was a fantastic performance."

Manchester City will be joined in Friday morning's draw by Real Madrid while four teams are in action tonight - Atletico Madrid, 2-1 down from the first leg, host Barcelona, while Benfica, 1-0 in arrears from the first leg, are at home to Bayern Munich.

MAN CITY: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, De Bruyne (Toure 84), Silva (Delph 87), Aguero (Iheanacho 90).

Goal: De Bruyne 76. Subs not used: Zabaleta, Kolarov, Caballero, Bony.

PSG: Trapp, Aurier (Pastore 61), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Van der Wiel, Rabiot, Motta (Moura 44), Di María, Maxwell, Ibrahimovic, Cavani.

Subs not used: Kimpembe, Stambouli, Kurzawa, Sirigu, Ongenda.

Man of the match: De Bruyne

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Carlos Carballo (Spain)

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