Manchester City is through to the Champions League final for the first time in club history.
Thanks to a brace from Riyad Mahrez, the Premier League leader advanced past Paris Saint-Germain by a 4-1 aggregate score following a 2-0 second leg Tuesday at Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Riyad Mahrez scored in either half to fire Manchester City to the Champions League final for the first time in their history in what was another thrilling and feisty last-four clash with Paris Saint-Germain
Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history with a 2-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain.
A dominant performance saw the Sky Blues build on their 2-1 victory at Parc des Princes last week to outplay their opposition once against at the Etihad.
Riyad Mahrez added to his first-leg goal with an early strike to put City ahead after a blistering counter-attack set up by Ederson and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Moments earlier, PSG thought they had a penalty after a handball by Zinchenko, but replays showed it hit the full-back’s shoulder and VAR quickly overturned the decision.
The first half continued at a frantic pace, with Marquinhos heading against the bar and Angel Di Maria curling just wide after a mistake by Bernardo Silva.
That being said, City were rarely up against it thanks to the colossal performance of Ruben Dias at the heart of defence, with PSG failing to register a shot on target on the night.
And Mahrez grabbed his fourth goal in three European games to put the tie beyond PSG’s reach, finishing a devastating move set up by Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden which sliced through PSG’s midfield and back line.
As in the first leg, tempers flared in the closing stages and Di Maria’s act of petulance – lashing out at Fernandinho – was met with a straight red card in the 69th minute.
his all-but ended the tie, although the drama did not stop there and Zinchenko was involved in a heated clash with Leandro Paredes. Elsewhere, Presnel Kimpembe was fortunate not to be given his marching orders after a horrendous challenge on Gabriel Jesus.
But City weathered PSG’s increasingly aggressive challenges and the full-time whistle was met with scenes of joyous celebration as the club now stands 90 minutes away from being crowned champions of Europe for the first time. Mirror Football