By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Last night t the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez was the star of the night as he scored once in either half to help his club bet French side Paris Saint Germain (PSG) 2 – 0 and book their place in the UEFA Champions League final for the first time in their history.
Mahrez, who scored in the first leg of the tie as well in Paris last week scored his first in the 11th minute of the game slotting home a deflected Kevin Debryne shot past PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Realising that the match had become much harder for PSG, the French side upped their game in search of goals but their efforts were fruitless as they ended the first half trailing to the hosts 1 – 0. The closest they came to getting a goal was when captain Marquinhos’ header hit the crossbar.
It became clearer that PSG were missing their star player Kylian Mbappe as they failed to register a single shot on target throughout the match as his replacement Mauro Icardi struggled to pose any kind of serious threat to Manchester City defence before he was substituted.
In the 63rd minute, Riyad Mahrez struck again tapping home Phil Foden’s cross after a blistering counterattack by Manchester City. This goal put the match beyond PSG’s reach as they then needed to score three goals to advance, the goals that never came.
Manchester City will play in their first Champions League final ever, against the winner between Chelsea and Real Madrid who are playing tonight at 10 pm East African Standard Time at Stamford Bridge in London, England.
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