Sports History awaits! Dias & Mahrez propel Man City past PSG into first ever Champions League final

03:15  05 may  2021
03:15  05 may  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

This time, the Parisian executioner of the PSG is called Mahrez

 This time, the Parisian executioner of the PSG is called Mahrez native of Sarcelles, the Algerian international winger put Paris at the footstep in the semifinal of Champions League. © Paul Ellis / AFP The curse continues. After Kingsley Coman last year, in the turn of another annoyance crucifier the PSG in Champions League, Riyadh Mahrez . All without forgetting the many ex-Paris to score regularly against the red and blue ...

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Manchester City’s Champions League history has been characterised by heartbreak, misfortune and misjudgements.

However, on Tuesday night at the Etihad Stadium, Pep Guardiola’s side put all that pain and agony behind them as they secured a place in the Champions League for the first time ever.

City overcame their nerves, and kept their heads as Paris Saint-Germain lost theirs, to put themselves within touching distance of glory.

And the emotions were clear at the full-time whistle as they celebrated a 2-0 win on the night, and a 4-1 triumph on aggregate, with a mix of joy, disbelief and relief. Indeed, Oleksandr Zinchenko even collapsed to the turf in tears, clearly overcome by the enormity of the achievement.

Man City ousts PSG to reach first Champions League final

  Man City ousts PSG to reach first Champions League final MANCHESTER, England — By the time Riyad Mahrez completed the counterattack that sealed Manchester City’s spot in a first Champions League final, it looked so effortless overcoming a Paris Saint-Germain side that lost its cool and composure. Mahrez netted twice before PSG had Angel Di Maria sent off as City won 2-0 to eliminate last season's finalists 4-1 on aggregate on Tuesday. “Then they lost their nerve and started to kick us and it was good,” Mahrez said. "They had the red card and after it was more comfortable for us.

They had all waited a long time for this. They deserved it, too. City's players had scrapped, run and fought for every ball. This was a performance of heart and courage, as they withstood everything the French champions threw at them.

PSG had threatened to turn the tie around during a first half in which City repeatedly gave the ball away as Guardiola looked on with his hands on his head.

But there were heroes all over the pitch, always ready, willing and able to get their team-mates out of trouble.

Ruben Dias was a leader at the heart of defence, throwing his head in front of PSG shots and organising a disciplined defence.

The Portuguese defender hugged and celebrated with John Stones and Oleksandr Zinchenko as if they had scored a goal when they managed to deny Neymar after the Brazilian superstar had darted dangerously into the box.

TOPS / FLOPS MAN. City-PSG: Mahrez at ease, Paris Like beginners

 TOPS / FLOPS MAN. City-PSG: Mahrez at ease, Paris Like beginners © Panoramic Tops Mahrez, this stoaving executive to go on a free kick-off, Riyad mahrez relayed his haul dress . It is he who opened the score quite quickly on a well-placed shot of law, his bad foot. A goal that knocked out the PSG and gave confidence to his team, who had begun quite timidly. Regularly threatening on his right wing, he spent a difficult evening in Diallo and Kimpembe. And ended up registering a double by concluding a counter-attack model. Limpid.

Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva sprinted breathlessly between boxes, while Fernandinho showed all his knowledge and experience as he took control of the midfield on his 36th birthday.

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And as PSG once again imploded in the second half, the Brazilian’s mastery of the dark arts drew Angel Di Maria into a ridiculous stamp that earned the Argentine winger a red card.

By that stage, though, Riyad Mahrez had already left his mark on the game.

He finished off City’s big first chance of the night, putting the final touches on a move that had clearly come straight from the training ground, with Zinchenko sprinting out of defence to latch onto Ederson’s perfect pass upfield.

The ball was cut back to De Bruyne before eventually making its way to Mahrez, who kept his cool to nutmeg the advancing Keylor Navas.

Mahrez's second goal came at the end of another terrific move, as City ruthlessly punished a PSG side desperately chasing the game.

De Bruyne and Foden broke brilliantly before the England international swept over a low cross that Mahrez smashed into the net.

It may have been a different night had an early penalty award for a Zinchenko handball not been correctly overturned.

But those tales of bad luck from those devastating defeats to Monaco, Liverpool, Tottenham and Lyon under Guardiola can finally be consigned to the past. The Catalan coach is back in a Champions League final for the first time in a decade.

He was brought to the Etihad Stadium to win the trophy the club's owners wanted above all others. And City are now 90 minutes away from realising that dream.

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