Manchester City vs. Paris Saint-Germain: Final Score, Goals, and Reactions | City advances to the Champions League final in Istanbul
FULL TIME: Manchester City 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain (4-1 agg.) This is our live blog for Manchester City vs. PSG, which kicks off at 21:00 CEST on Tuesday. All of our updates will be listed below, with the most recent at the top. Follow along to find out who will be the first team to reach the Champions League final in 2020/21. COMPLETE TIME It’s all over! Manchester City have reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history! Guardiola’s men have earned their way to the final. The night’s two goals were scored by Mahrez, but Ruben Dias and John Stones were equally impressive. Neymar scores in minute 91. Neymar’s freekick is effective. It hasn’t been a good night for him. Minute 85 – The city has taken over. It’s all about the city. They’re now playing with 10-man PSG, who have resorted to a series of tough challenges out of frustration.
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De Bruyne was substituted at minute 81. Guardiola hooks De Bruyne off so he doesn’t miss the final due to a red card. Bernardo is also evacuated. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus join the fray. Foden scores in the 75th minute. Foden has been incredible all evening and comes so close to capping it off with a fine finish, but the post refuses him! Di Maria is sent off in minute 68! Di Maria lashes out at Fernadinho, first throwing an arm that makes no contact with the Brazilian, before stamping on his knee and being shown a straight red. Minute 66 – Yet another Dias stumbling block Draxler tries to take matters into his own hands, refusing to move to his teammates and scoring a goal. But it’s been obstructed once more by you-know-who – Ruben Dias!
Minute 62 – Mahrez scores once more!! For the second time tonight, a fast counter-attack demolishes PSG’s defense. De Bruyne out to Foden on the wing, back across to Mahrez, who scores from close range. City is on its way to Istanbul. Dias’ heroic block at minute 59! Herrera attempts a volley from the edge of the box, but Dias places his body, or rather his face, on the line and makes a valiant save. Tonight, the Portuguese defender has been outstanding. Foden pushes Navas into a save in minute 49. After having an effort saved by Navas, which was called back for offside, the Englishman put the Costa Rican to the test, but the ex-Real Madrid man was equal to it.
Minute 46 – We’re back on track. At the Etihad, the ball is rolling once more. PSG needs to score at least twice, but Mbappe has yet to appear. At the half, neither team had made any improvements. HALF-TIME is an abbreviation for “Half-Time PSG had the better start of the two, but City punished them on the break with Mahrez’s follow-up shot to De Bruyne’s blocked strike. For the visitors, Marquinhos hit the crossbar, while Di Maria came near from distance, but the hosts have looked increasingly in command. Minute 45+2 – City goes all out. Mahrez tries a low drilled effort with his right foot close to the one he scored, but it is saved by Navas’ feet. Bernardo gets the rebound, but his shot is deflected high for a corner.
Minute 42 – PSG waits patiently for a goal. PSG have responded well to City’s opener, patiently probing for an equalizer, but they are up against a tenacious City backline, especially Ruben Dias, who is a rock out there. Minute 36 – Herrera scores. PSG’s careful move results in Ander Herrera shooting from range with his weaker foot. However, it sails over Ederson’s bar. Minute 30 – De Bruyne shoots from distance. De Bruyne attempts a side-footed shot from just outside the target, but it goes high and wide. Minute 25 – The game is simmering. After a frenzied start, the game has slowed slightly in the last ten minutes. In contrast to the opening exchanges, City has gained some leverage. Minute 18 – Di Maria nearly catches Ederson off guard. Ederson attempts another short breakaway, but Foden’s poor touch allows Di Maria to take advantage. The Argentine spots Ederson far from the center of his target and shoots from reach, but it just misses Ederson.
Minute 16 – Marquinhos scores! Marquinhos comes perilously close to tying PSG. His header from inside the six-yard box clears the crossbar! Minute 14: Di Maria poses a challenge PSG maintains their high press and is having a great time doing so. Di Maria sends a cross into the box, but there are no takers. Minute 9 – City on the go! They haven’t even left their half yet, but it’s City who take the lead through Mahrez. Ederson’s fast counter-attack results in the Paris-born forward tucking the ball underneath Navas.