Manchester City cruised into the Champions League final by sending Paris Saint-Germain off on Tuesday night in the second leg of their 2020/21 Champions League semi-final at the Etihad Stadium.
The result gives City a 4-1 triumph on aggregate, sending the club to their first-ever Champions League final.
City will now await the winner of Wednesday’s semi final between Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring in the 11th minute after a superb long ball from goalkeeper Ederson following a poor clearance from Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
PSG went right back into attack in their search for an equalize goal and Marquinhos nearly got it when he rose up to meet an Angel Di Maria cross only to see his header bounce off the crossbar and out.
The City defence were keeping the PSG attack at bay and the hosts nearly tacked on a second right before the break with a Bernardo Silva shot taking a deflection and spinning just wide of goal.
City came out for the second half with the clear approach of possessing the ball as the best form of defence, forcing PSG to make desperate and rash decisions without the ball.
PSG’s commitment to pushing numbers forward played right into City’s hands, as a counterattack led to a Phil Foden cross for Mahrez to hammer into the net, stretching the City lead to 2-0 and 4-1 on aggregate, all but sealing the tie.
This win marks the first European final for coach Pep Guardiola since 2011 when he guided Barcelona to the title.