Manchester City gave themselves an excellent chance to progress to a first ever European semi-final on Wednesday night as they held Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes.
Things nearly got off to a terrible start for Manuel Pellegrini's side when Bacary Sagna was adjudged to have fouled Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the penalty area, but Joe Hart made a superb save to deny the Swede from the penalty spot.
It was City who took the lead when Kevin de Bruyne fired home a neat finish not long before half-time, but within minutes the hosts equalised in calamitous fashion for the visitors as Fernando was too casual trying to play a pass out of defence, allowing Ibrahimovic to divert the ball into the unguarded net.
PSG turned things around in the second half when Adrien Rabiot headed home after Hart could only parry Ibrahimovic's header, but Fernandinho's rather fortunate goal 18 minutes from time clawed City level with a priceless second away goal.
That result leaves City just about in the driving seat and knowing that a win, a goalless draw, or a 1-1 scoreline would take them through in the second leg next week.
Commenting on Twitter after the match, the players seemed pleased with their efforts and the first-leg result but were quick to point out that everything still hinges on next week's return fixture.
We've obtained a good result but it'll only matter if we finish the job at home. This is the right track. #CMONCITY— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) April 6, 2016
Meanwhile, injured City captain Vincent Kompany tweeted his congratulations to his teammates but insisted that there is still a great deal of work to be done at the Etihad.