Manchester City has qualified for the Champions League final for the first time in 50 years following a 4-1 aggregate win over French Champions Paris Saint Germain.
City’s 2-1 win in the first leg in Paris was followed by a commanding 2-0 win over 10-men PSG at Etihad stadium.
Algerian captain Riyad Mahrez gave City the lead in the 11 minute, finishing off a quick counter attack by spearheaded by Zincheko. Mahrez banged his brace in the second-half after Phil Foden’s 63rd minute cross.
In the absence of star man Kylian Mbappe, PSG had little to offer in their attack. The visitors’ frustrations kicked off in the seventh minute when VAR reviewed their penalty appeal.
The awful night for Neymar and his PSG counterparts continued in the second half when Angel Di Maria was sent off for a reckless challenge on Fernandinho.
Mahrez double ensured that City were in full control to set up the Champions League final they and manager Pep Guardiola have craved for. The team will meet either Chelsea (in an odd English teams final), or Real Madrid in Istanbul on May 29.
City’s qualification comes as a sign of relief for manager Pep Guardiola whose last Champions League final came in 2010. In that match, he lost 3-1 to Italian giants Inter Milan.