Manchester City reached their first Champions League final after defeating Paris Saint-Germain at Etihad Stadium in a two-legged tie. Riyad Mahrez capped a sweeping move started by goalkeeper Ederson’s 60-yard pass to extend their 2-1 lead from the first leg in Paris in a game played in unseasonal snow.
PSG was dealt a major blow before the game when world-class forward Kylian Mbappe was forced to sit out due to injury. They did not lack effort or motive, and they had early hope when a penalty was awarded for a handball by Oleksandr Zinchenko before it was correctly overturned, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side could not find a way through with Neymar subdued and City throwing bodies on the line in defence.
PSG lost their composure, as they did when Idrissa Gueye was sent off late in the first leg, and Angel di Maria was sent off for a senseless stamp on Fernandinho after a touchline tangle.
Just after the hour, Mahrez punished them once more when he turned in Phil Foden’s cross at the far post to effectively end the game.
City were in complete charge, preventing any more mishaps to set up the Champions League final, which they and manager Pep Guardiola have aspired to play in Istanbul on May 29 against either Chelsea or Real Madrid.
Source: BBC Sport