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Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain at the Etihad stadium, in Manchester, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Man City ousts PSG to reach first Champions League final


Riyad Mahrez scored twice to complete Manchester City’s journey to a first Champions League final with a 2-0 victory eliminating Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 on aggregate on Tuesday.

After beginning City's fightback in Paris last week, Mahrez took only 11 minutes to score in the semifinal second leg when he put the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Keylor Navas on a field covered in the remnants of a spring hailstorm.

The Paris-born forward completed a counterattack in the 63rd that began with a surging run with Phil Foden and combination with Kevin De Bruyne.

PSG lost its cool and composure, finishing the game with 10 men just like in the first leg after Angel Di Maria was sent off with 20 minutes to go for kicking at Fernandinho.

PSG missed out on a second shot at lifting a first European Cup after losing last season’s final to Bayern Munich. City could contest an all-English final if Chelsea overcomes Real Madrid on Wednesday after drawing the first leg 1-1.

It’s not just City that’s endured frustration in its quest to win the biggest prize in European football. Pep Guardiola, a Champions League winner as Barcelona coach in 2009 and 2011, has been waiting a decade to return to the final. He fell short three times with Bayern Munich and has taken until his fifth season at City to even reach the semifinals.

City, transformed since 2008 by Abu Dhabi investment, is now accustomed to glory — sitting on the brink of its third Premier League title in four seasons after already collecting the League Cup last month. But its only continental title came in 1970 with the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup.

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Get in... !!!!!!!! 1 more game....

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My bets are it will be a " ALL ENGLISH TEAM " finals with Chealsea beating " Real Madrid".

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My bets are it will be a " ALL ENGLISH TEAM " finals with Chealsea beating " Real Madrid".

City’s sheiks versus Chelsea’s Russian oligarch in the final?

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Why are not the players wearing masks?

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Why are not the players wearing masks?

They are wearing those new Thermoplasma Nanomasks, it's hard to make them out in the picture.

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