Football: Riyad Mahrez for a first Champions’ League final

Algerian striker Riyad Mahrez was on fire last night. By scoring two goals in the second leg game of the semifinals against Paris Saint-Germain (2-0 final score), the Citizen paved the way for a first Champions’ League final for Manchester City, and is achieving two goals at the same time: a first final for Manchester City, and a first final for him as well.

The one who was a surprising (but fair) champion with Leicester under the orders of Claudio Ranieri in 2016, highly contributing to the supreme title with eleven assists in the season 2015/2016, can legitimately think of a possible coronation by the end of the month. Manchester City, about to be champion of England in a few weeks, can now realize something perhaps as great as what Bayern Munich did last year with a bunch of trophies in that particular season: the Barclays Premier League should be theirs, and the Champions’ League, not won yet, could complete their incredible season, all the more as the League Cup was won lately against Tottenham in Wembley (1-0).

Last night, PSG was outperformed and counted too few opportunities to reverse things after their initial defeat in the first leg game in Paris (1-2). The Parisians got scored twice and lost their temper in the end, having Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria expelled in the second half (Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye had already received a red card in the first leg game and was logically missing for this game) and accumulating bad moves, an evidence of the frustration that was surrounding the squad as a result of an imminent elimination. 

While City was welcoming their first final in the tournament, PSG was bidding farewell to a competition whose final was reached last season with this defeat against Munich (0-1). The ultimate adversary for the Citizens can be either Chelsea or Real Madrid, competing for the last place in final this Wednesday night.

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