Manchester City were the first to advance to the Football Champions League final after beating Paris Saint-Germain at home in a rematch at the semi-finals on Tuesday, 2 goals by Rijad Mahrez.
Fears of PSG drivers have been confirmed, Kylian Mbappé, who was injured in the first match of the semi-finals, limped at Le Bourget Airport in Paris on Monday, and could only sit on the bench on Tuesday night. Manchester City entered the line-up of Ederson – Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Zinchenko – Fernandinho, Gündogan – Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Foden – De Bruyne, Pep Guardiola had no injuries. At PSG, Navas – Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Abdou Diallo – Herrera, Verratti, Paredes – Di María, Neymar – Icardi were the starting team, the goal manager Mbappé should have been replaced by Icardi. And since the English were able to win 2-1 in Paris, the French came to Manchester in such a way that scoring just one goal was not enough for them.
Before the match, hail watered the field, what’s more, even snow (!), The conditions were not ideal for the game. The visitors had to attack, they did too, the City was nailed to their goal in the beginning, and in the 7th minute, referee Björn Kuipers awarded 11 for their hand. But he quickly withdrew this after looking back at the scene on the track-side monitor and seeing the ball hit Zinchenko’s shoulder. In the 11th minute, the host took the lead: after centering Zinchenko, who was rushing to Ederson’s start, De Bruyne’s shot was blocked by the defenders, but the ball went to Mahrez, who was lurking in front of the goal, cutting from the corner of the five to the bottom right (1-0).
Waiting for him on the other side, Marquinhos’s head bounced off the bar, then Ederson’s roll was almost left, Di María got the ball, and it was an inch past that he couldn’t hit the empty gaping left side of the goal from afar. The PSG struggled to no avail, with the Stones, Rúben Dias duo confidently cleaning up on City’s defensive axis, and the end of the half belonged to the home side, Navas had to defend Mahrez’s shot from a sharp angle.
During the break, the track workers cleared the snow, but the rain started very much. Foden tested Navas, Neymar shuffled on the other side, but the two of them threw in front of him. In the 62nd minute, Icardi, who turned out to be a total bankruptcy, and Herrera, Kean and Draxler came in, went ahead to PSG, and paid for it. In the 63rd minute against the end, Foden’s centering was replaced by the doubling Mahrez (2-0), scoring at the same time the 300th European Cup goal in Manchester City history. In the 69th minute, Di María lost his head, walked over to Fernandino, and got his legitimate red card. With that, the match was decided, importing Mbappé no longer made sense. Foden had still hit the goalpost, but maybe now he doesn’t really mind that it didn’t make a goal. Manchester City made it to the BL final with a 2-1 win over 4-1, the first time they could play in the finals of the most prestigious European Cup series.
In the other semi-finals on Wednesday, Chelsea will host Real Madrid (21.00, tv: M4 Sport), the first meeting ended 1-1.
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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