Riyad Mahrez’s double secured a 2-0 victory (4-1 on aggregate) for Manchester City over 10-man Paris Saint-Germain as City reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history.
PSG who trailed 2-1 from the first leg at the Parc des Princes last week could only name Kylian Mbappe on the substitute’s bench, thought they had a chance to cut the deficit early on after referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot for a handball against Oleksandr Zinchenko. However, Kuipers overturned his original decision after replays showed the ball clearly hit the full-back’s shoulder.
City took full advantage of the reprieve as Mahrez (11) found the back of the net from a tight angle to put them in an extremely dominant position at the break.
PSG committed plenty of bodies forward as they looked for a way back in the tie, but there was no way through City’s rock-solid defence and the French side were eventually caught on the counter-attack as Mahrez (63) finished another fine City move to put the game beyond any doubt.
City’s second goal sparked plenty of PSG frustration and they finished the game with 10 men after Angel Di Maria’s kick out at Fernandinho in the 69th minute, ending any chance of a miraculous comeback as City eased to victory.
Pep Guardiola’s team will now face either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on Saturday, May 29.