The first Champions League finalist is Manchester City! After 2-1 in Paris, the “Citizens” also win 2-0 at home against Paris Saint-Germain and are in the final for the first time.
After a hailstorm, a curious picture emerged before kick-off at the Etihad Stadium: the lawn was covered by a layer of white snow. But on this cold, snowy evening in Manchester, the English feel good and fight for the final ticket after a sled game against Neymar & Co. For the French it is the end of the line with a total score of 1: 4.
VAR revised PSG 911, Mahrez strikes
Paris, after the home bankruptcy with two unlucky goals with anger in the stomach, but threw everything into the game from the start. And was almost rewarded: Referee Kuipers pointed to the point (7th) – hand penalty for PSG! But happy too early: The VAR intervened, the ball had touched Zinchenko above the shoulder. No 911, we went on.
And into the other gate. City keeper Ederson initiated the attack from a wide tee. Zinchenko served De Bruyne in the back room, who pulled directly. Herrera blocked, but falsified the ball right at the feet of the lurking Mahrez, who shot in from an acute angle (11th) – 1-0 City, the gate to the final was now wide open!
Crossbar prevents Marquinhos’ equalization
Paris continued to accelerate, still needed two goals – but, as in the first leg, remained unlucky. Marquinhos headed a corner only to the crossbar (17th), Di María shot wide (19th). That retaliated: City counterattacked De Bruyne and Foden, Mahrez was spot on again (63rd) – 2-0, double, the decision!
Di María sees red in a turbulent finish
How did PSG react? With pure frustration! Di María kicked Fernandinho in the ankle and saw red (69th). The rod prevented the 3-0 by Foden (77th). In the end it didn’t matter: ManCity is in the final with a total score of 4: 1 and will fight for the first CL title on May 29 in Istanbul. The opponent of the “Citizens” in the battle for the handle pot will be decided on Wednesday between Chelsea and Real Madrid.