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Mahrez fires Manchester City into first ever Champions League final

Becomes highest scoring Algerian in the history of the UEFA Champions League

Manchester City winger, Riyad Mahrez scored a brace as his side prevailed over French champions, Paris St Germain by a 2-0 scoreline at the Etihad Stadium in their UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg, ensuring that the Cityzens qualified for the final on a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.

It was a moment of brilliance from City goalkeeper Ederson that led to the opener inside the first 20 minutes as City laid down a marker for what was to come. The Brazilian keeper spotted Oleksandr Zinchenko high up the pitch and played a brilliant ball over the top for him, beating the entire PSG defence and midfield. Zinchenko laid off the ball to Kevin De Bruyne who squeezed it to Mahrez who finished emphatically through the legs of Keylor Navas from a tight angle to make it 1-0. Manchester City remained in control and did not concede a single shot on target. Mahrez scored again in the second half following a brilliant counter from the home side. Phil Foden played the ball to De Bruyne who played it back for Foden to continue his run, and the English youngster slid the ball across the box for Mahrez to finish into the roof of the net after 63 minutes. PSG were reduced to 10 men after Argentine midfielder, Angel Di Maria was sent off.

Manchester City’s win means they have now qualified for their first ever Champions League final, making them the 21st different team to do so. Pep Guardiola has now reached the Champions League final for the first time since he won it in 2011 with Barcelona. Manchester City will face whoever wins in London between Chelsea and Real Madrid in Istanbul on May 29th.

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