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No Blues for Man City as action-packed Champions League night sees goals fly in

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Fernandinho celebrates scoring City's second
Fernandinho celebrates scoring City's second

An action-packed night in the Champions League saw six strikes notched as Manchester City grabbed two away goals while Real Madrid were stunned in Germany.

Paris St Germain 2-2 Manchester City

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.


Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid

Wolfsburg stunned Real Madrid with two goals in eight first-half minutes to take control of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

The 10-time winners of the competition face an uphill task just to progress to the last four this year after losing 2-0 in Germany in the first leg.

Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas had not conceded in this competition prior to this game but he was beaten by Ricardo Rodriguez's penalty, before Maximilian Arnold doubled the advantage soon after.

Four days on from a win at the Nou Camp with 10 men, Zinedine Zidane's side looked shaky at the back and have it all to do in the return fixture in the Spanish capital next Tuesday.

There were early hints that this would not be a straightforward night for Real when, 70 seconds in, Cristiano Ronaldo was flagged for a marginal offside call when he collected Karim Benzema's pass and turned home.

Moments later Gareth Bale was then denied what appeared a clear penalty after Luiz Gustavo clattered into his leg inside the area.

Madrid should have led anyway through Benzema who, having returned to the pitch following treatment, moved beyond Dante before placing his effort into Diego Benaglio's leg.

Wolfsburg were a threat on the counter, though, and after Bruno Henrique had headed at Navas, the Real keeper finally conceded after 738 minutes without doing so in the Champions League when Rodriguez sent him the wrong way from 12 yards out.

The spot-kick call was debatable as Andre Schurrle appeared to kick his own foot as he swung his leg past Casemiro, who was caught on the wrong side of the ex-Chelsea forward.

Seven minutes later it was 2-0, Julian Draxler finding Henrique in space and from his cross Arnold stole a march on Sergio Ramos and finished first-time past Navas.

Benzema then headed wide before injury eventually forced him off, Toni Kroos drew Benaglio into a save and Bale planted a 25-yard free-kick over his crossbar of the stroke of half-time.

Zidane's side pushed for an away goal after the interval and Ronaldo missed the target with two attempts from Bale crosses.

However, they almost found themselves three goals down as Schurrle took up the space once again left vacant by Marcelo, but, after taking a touch, he fired over.

Marcelo's frustration was evident when he kicked out at Arnold before comically falling to the ground after placing his head in the goalscorer's chest, with only the victim and Bale booked in the subsequent skirmish.

Ronaldo was thwarted again by Benaglio after substitute Isco had threaded a pass through with the outside of his boot, while Navas pushed away from Max Kruse at the other end to ensure the task facing Real in the second leg did not become even more difficult.