ALGERIA’S TALISMAN, RIYAD MAHREZ TAKES MANCHESTER CITY TO THEIR FIRST EVER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

ALGERIA’S TALISMAN, RIYAD MAHREZ TAKES MANCHESTER CITY TO THEIR FIRST EVER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
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Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez continued where he stopped last week as his  two goals took Manchester City to the Champions League final.

What a remarkable night for the runaway Premier League leaders as the Tuesday night victory has rewritten the history of the club that is in the Champions League final for the first time.

The 2-0 defeat of PSG gives City a 4-1 aggregate win.

City are also the first English club to win seven consecutive games in Champions League or European Cup competition – and no team does that on skill alone.

There is resilience here, a defensive defiance that faced down Paris St Germain until, after the second goal, they lost their heads again.

But they encapsulated the determination that has taken Manchester City to their first Champions League final, and their first European final of any kind since winning the European Cup-Winners Cup against Gornik Zabrze of Poland in 1970.

That, in itself, is history. The longest gap of any club between UEFA finals – City’s 51 years beating the 41 that separated Sporting Lisbon’s 1964 Cup-Winners Cup from their 2005 UEFA Cup.

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