Mahrez fires City to first Champions League final
Riyad Mahrez scored twice against 10-man Paris Saint-Germain to send Manchester City through to the Champions League final for the first time with a 4-1 aggregate victory.
The Algerian winger was the match-winner as City produced a superb performance in Paris last week and proved to be again with close range finishes either side of half-time as Pep Guardiola’s side delivered another outstanding display.
Mahrez got City off to a dream start as he reacted quickest to Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected shot to slide the ball under Keylor Navas from a tight angle in the 11th minute and he rounded off a memorable night just past the hour mark when he tapped in Phil Foden’s cross at the far post to finish off a slick counter-attack.
It was no more than City deserved for a controlled performance in a feisty encounter and PSG again ended the game with 10-men as Angel Di Maria received a straight red card for kicking out at Fernandinho.
For all the night belonged to Guardiola’s men, it was not without its scares.
PSG saw penalty – awarded for a suspected handball by Oleksandr Zinchenko – overturned with the scores at 0-0, whilst Marquinhos sent a header crashing against the bar and Di Maria curled a 20-yard effort inches wide when Ederson was caught out of position.
But despite the best efforts of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, City held firm, with John Stones and Ruben Dias producing a number of crucial blocks as we booked our place in the final where we’ll face Real Madrid or Chelsea.
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Manchester City (2): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva (Sterling, 82’), Gündogan; Mahrez, Foden (Agüero, 85’), De Bruyne (Gabriel Jesus, 82’)
PSG (0): Keylor Navas; Florenzi (Dagba, 75’), Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo (Bakker, 82’); Ander Herrera (Draxler, 62’), Paredes (Danilo, 75’); Di María, Verratti, Neymar; Icardi (Kean, 62’)
Goals: 1-0, Mahrez (10’), 2-0, Mahrez (63’)
Referee: Björn Kuipers. Bookings: Ander Herrera (22’), Verratti (71’), Zinchenko (71’), De Bruyne (74’), Kimpembe (87’), Danilo (89’). Sent off: Di María (68’)