Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time in history after Riyad Mahrez’s brace took a 2-0 (4-1 overall) win over Paris Saint-Germain at 10 in a historic evening at the Etihad stadium.
Trailing 2-1 since the first leg at Parc des Princes last week, PSG, who could only name Kylian Mbappe on the substitutes’ bench, believed they had a chance to cut the deficit early on after the referee Bjorn Kuipers has indicated the place for a handball against Oleksandr Zinchenko. However, Kuipers overturned his original decision after reruns showed the ball clearly touched the back’s shoulder.
City took full advantage of the reprieve as Mahrez (11) found the back of the net at a tight angle to put them in an extremely dominant position at the break.
PSG committed a lot of body forward as they looked for a way to get back into the draw, but there was no way through City’s strong defense and the French side were eventually caught on the counterattack as Mahrez (63) completed another beautiful move from City. to put the game beyond any doubt.
City’s second goal sparked a lot of frustration from PSG and they ended the game with 10 men after Angel Di Maria left Fernandinho in the 69th minute, ending any chance of a miraculous return as City headed for victory.
Pep Guardiola, who reached the Champions League final for the first time since winning the competition with Barcelona in 2011, will now lead his side against Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on Saturday, May 29.
But before that, they have some domestic issues to work out and could add the Premier League title to the Carabao Cup they won last month with the win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, live on Sky Sports (kickoff) dispatch at 5.30 p.m.), while they offer to end a treble.
When is the Champions League final?
This year’s final will take place in Istanbul on Saturday May 29.
Ataturk’s Olympic Stadium staged the 2005 Champions League showdown, when Liverpool came back 3-0 at halftime to beat AC Milan on penalties.
UEFA has yet to confirm the kick-off time.
- Wed 5 May: Chelsea vs Real Madrid (cumulative: 1-1)
- Sat May 29: Man City vs Chelsea or Real Madrid (Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul)
What’s next for City? Glory in the Premier League?
It’s back to domestic affairs for Manchester City and they could claim the Premier League title this weekend. Man City’s champagne was put on ice last weekend after Man Utd vs Liverpool were postponed – but they might just have to wait a few days to regain the title.
A new date for Manchester United vs Liverpool has yet to be confirmed, but assuming the game is not reorganized for this midweek given United’s Europa League commitments, City could claim the title on Saturday May 8th. when they play at Chelsea, live on Sky Sports.
And what next for PSG?
Paris Saint-Germain are locked in a fierce battle for the Ligue 1 title. They are currently second, one point behind Lille and face a trip to Rennes on Sunday night; kick off at 8 p.m.