Paris-Manchester City: Close but no cigar

UEFA Europa League


Paris Saint-Germain will be ruing a host of missed opportunities in the second half of their 0-0 draw with Manchester City in Wednesday night's UEFA Cup tie but still have a chance of qualifying for the next round.

Paul Le Guen's re-worked line-up struggled to get going in a first half in which City roundly dominated possession. Paris defended strongly however and kept their hosts at bay, managing to create the better chances of the half on the counter, but disappointing performances on the flanks from Jérôme Rothen and Fabrice Pancrate coupled with a lack of precision, and perhaps confidence, from the second-choice strike duo of Mateja Kezman and Peguy Luyindula saw the two sides go into the break on even terms.


Halfway through the second term however, Le Guen brought on in-form attackers Ludovic Giuly and Guillaume Hoarau for Pancrate and Kezman and the face of PSG, and the game, changed.

Paris took charge of the match, raining down strikes on City 'keeper Ben Hart for the final twenty minutes of the game, going agonizingly close notably through Luyindula and Hoarau, but the final touch and the right finish always eluded Le Guen's side and the match finished goalless.

Out of their hands

The draw sees Manchester City remain on top of UEFA Cup Group a with seven points while Paris stay bottom of the group on two points with one game left to play. Paris can still qualify however if Spain's Racing Santander beat City and the men from the French capital can beat Holland's FC Twente by a greater margin.

So effectively, even if Paris can notch their first win of the UEFA Cup campaign, qualification still isn't entirely in their hands, which could leave them ruing the plethora of missed chances that let City off the hook.

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