Manchester City reached their first Champions League final
A Riyad Mahrez brace capped off a truly memorable night at the Etihad Stadium,
as City reached their first Champions League final with a 2-0 second-leg victory
over Paris Saint-Germain
In a game played in unseasonal snow, the brilliant Riyad Mahrez capped a
sweeping move started by goalkeeper Ederson’s 60-yard pass to extend their 2-1
advantage from the first leg in Paris.
PSG suffered a serious blow before kick-off when world-class forward Kylian Mbappe
was restricted to the bench because of injury. They did not lack endeavour or intent
and had early hope when a penalty was awarded for a handball by Oleksandr Zinchenko
before it was correctly overturned, but with Neymar subdued and City throwing
bodies on the line in defence, Mauricio Pochettino’s side could not find a way through.
Mahrez punished them again just after the hour when he turned in Phil Foden’s
cross at the far post to effectively end the contest.
PSG, as they did when Idrissa Gueye was sent off late in the first leg, lost their
discipline and Angel di Maria was shown a red card for a senseless stamp on
Fernandinho following a touchline tangle.
City was in full control, avoiding further mishap to set up the Champions League final
they and manager Pep Guardiola have craved, against either Chelsea or Real Madrid
in Istanbul on 29 May