Pep Guardiola, who reaches the Champions League final for the first time since he won the competition with Barcelona in 2011, will now lead his troops against either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on Saturday, May 29.
But before that, they have domestic matters to attend to and could add the Premier League title to the Carabao Cup they won last month with victory against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday,as they bid to complete a treble.
Trailing 2-1 from the first leg at the Parc des Princes last week, PSG, who 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 a historic victory.
After a frantic opening, City then took full control of the tie as they broke forward in numbers to take the lead in the 11th minute.
Ederson started the move, his inch-perfect long pass over the top released Zinchenko down the left and he cut the ball back for Kevin De Bruyne on the edge of the penalty area. The Belgium international’s shot was initially blocked but the rebound fell to Mahrez, who beat Keylor Navas from an extremely tight angle to give City the lead.
- Manchester City were boosted by the sight of Kylian Mbappe on the Paris St Germain bench as they looked to secure a place in the Champions League final. The World Cup-winning France striker was only deemed fit enough for a substitute’s role for PSG after suffering a calf injury ahead of the semi-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium.
- Man City manager Pep Guardiola fielded nine of the side that came from behind to triumph in the French capital. The only changes from that line-up saw captain Fernandinho come in for Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko replace Joao Cancelo.
PSG, knowing they needed two unopposed goal to at the very least force extra time, threw men forward as they pushed to get back into the game and they went close on two occasions as Marquinhos’ looped header clipped the crossbar and Di Maria shot wide of an open goal after Bernardo Silva was dispossessed following Ederson’s poor roll out.
PSG continued to play on the front foot but there was no way through City’s stubborn defence and the hosts had plenty of space to run in on the counter attack. Mahrez worked another shooting opportunity but this time Navas made a smart block at his near post to keep his side’s deficit to one at the interval.
PSG continued to ask plenty of questions of City after the break but Guardiola’s men found the answers, defending superbly throughout.
Neymar, who was well shackled for most of the evening, found some space and burst into the area, but Zinchenko never gave up the chase, producing a fine last-ditch block to deny the Brazilian.
The intervention was celebrated like a goal by City’s defenders, but they never lost focus as Ruben Dias threw his body in the way of yet another strike, blocking Ander Herrera’s goalbound volley.
Despite their defensive heroics, there was space of City to exploit and they did just that in the 63rd minute,
They caught PSG on the counter-attack as Phil Foden exchanged passes with De Bruyne before sending a low ball into the area for Mahrez to convert at the far post, making it 2-0 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate.
It was a fatal blow for the French side and their frustrations boiled over.
Di Maria became the second PSG player to be sent off in the tie for a kick out on Fernandinho as he went to retrieve the ball for a throw-in.
More rash challenges came for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who picked up a flurry of late yellow cards and were lucky not to have a second player sent off on the night, but it did not dampen Man City’s evening.
They could have scored more as the impressive Foden hit the post and saw another late strike saved by Navas as City closed out a famous victory.
He threw himself in front of everything that came his way, putting his body on the line to make block after block to repel PSG.
It’s what we’ve become used to from him all season, yet another superb performance, and the individual accolades surely cannot be too far away for the Portugal international.