May 18, 2021

Man City break English record following Champions League triumph over PSG

Man City break English record following Champions League triumph over PSG

Man City vs PSG

Manchester City and PSG played out the second of two Champions League semi-final ties on Tuesday evening.

After picking up a 2-1 win in Paris last time out, City held the advantage in Manchester, knowing that a 1-0 loss would still see them secure their passage into their first-ever Champions League final.

City were also boosted by the fact Kylian Mbappe was only fit enough to start on the bench for the second leg.

It would be PSG, though, who did start the tie on the front foot. And did look to be handed a penalty after just six minutes.

However, after a short VAR check, it was quite obvious that the ball hit Oleksandr Zinchenko on his shoulder.

Following the VAR call, Man City began to gain some control in the game and earned a huge goal after just 10 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne shot from the edge of the box, but the Belgian’s effort was deflected, falling to Riyad Mahrez who had little issue slotting past Keylor Navas.

The visitors came close to responding just a few minutes later when Marquinhos connected with Marco Verratti’s whipped cross, however the Brazilian’s effort hit the crossbar.

Di Maria then came inches away from firing into an almost empty net after Bernardo Silva was disposed following Ederson aiming to start a counter, but the Argentine placed his effort wide.

And, despite PSG’s best efforts, City headed in at the break boasting a 1-0 lead.

Man City make history

The Parisians would then start the second 45 with an extremely high intensity, which was not surprising given they needed two goals just to take the game to extra time.

This, in turn, led to a fairly end-to-end opening to the second half which saw Foden and Neymar have chances at both ends of the pitch. There were also some huge blocks from Ruben Dias, John Stones and Zinchenko.

The game then was, however, all but killed off after 63 minutes,

A blistering City counter saw De Bruyne and Foden combine well before the latter picked out Mahrez in the PSG box who netted his second of the evening.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s woes were then compounded when Di Maria was shown a red card after kicking out at Fernandinho. And from here Man City were able to hold on for a 2-0 win.

Said result, of course, means that Pep Guardiola’s side will meet one of Chelsea or Real Madrid in this campaign’s Champions League showpiece.

Before the game on Tuesday, it was revealed that Man City had won their last six Champions League matches and victory at the Etihad would have seen them break the record for the longest ever winning run by an English team in the European Cup/Champions League history – a record they of course now hold following the win:

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