Manchester City won 2-0 over Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium yesterday. As they qualified from the semi-finals with a 4-1 aggregate, the Man City vs PSG second leg was quite dramatic. Here’s all the drama in Man City vs PSG, during and after the match.
Both the goals of the match came from Riyad Mahrez, who scored a Champions League brace after scoring on a penalty kick in the first leg.
Fans can view this highlights’ video to see what we mean when we say the match was a thrilling one!
City Make History
Before we get to the theatrical bits of the match, here’s why this was a historic win for Manchester City.
Yesterday, on Tuesday night, Pep Guardiola’s side secured a place in the Champions League final for the first time ever.
City even celebrated their defensive feats. At one point, Ruben Dias, John Stones, and Oleksandr Zinchenko hugged and celebrated as if they had scored a goal.
Why? They had managed to deny Neymar after the Brazilian superstar had darted dangerously into the box.
As for just how historically vindicated City felt, fans only have to remember how Oleksandr Zinchenko collapsed into tears. He was clearly overcome by the enormity of his club’s achievement.
Meanwhile, had the referee awarded PSG the penalty they demanded seven minutes into the game, they might’ve won instead.
However, now, City are just 90 minutes away from the Champions League trophy.
All the Drama in Man City vs PSG
Perhaps the most dramatic moment of the match was when Angel Di Maria struck out at Fernandinho at 69 minutes.
After the City defender deflected Di Maria’s ball off the pitch, he trash-talked the PSG player preparing for possession.
He fell for the provocation and stepped on Fernandinho’s foot.
This earned him a direct red card from the referee and led to a minor spat between the players.
In reaction to this incident, matchwinner Mahrez claimed PSG lost their nerve and started to kick them.
“It was a very good game. We didn’t start well again – we didn’t have a good first half but we got the goal and we were more comfortable,” Mahrez said to BT Sport.
“We played well second half and we could have scored more. They lost their nerve and started to kick us and after the red card it was more comfortable.”
Another incident of note arrived when the match referee allegedly told a PSG star “f*ck off”.
PSG’s Ander Herrera claims that referee Bjorn Kuipers insulted his teammate Leandro Paredes, with a foul word.
In the tussle that erupted after Di Maria’s foul, Paredes rushed to defend him and his teammates from City’s aggression.
However, he himself received aggression, not from the Citizens but the referees, Herrera reported after the final whistle.
“The referee said ‘f*ck off’ to Leandro Paredes, if we say that, we are out for four games,” the ex-Manchester United midfielder complained to RMC Sport.
Herrera was joined by Marco Verratti in alleging misconduct on Kuiper’s part.
“He also told me ‘f*ck you’ a few times,” the Italy international added, also talking to RMC Sport. “If I say ‘f*ck you’, I am out for 10 games. Of course I talk a lot with the referee, but I never say ‘f*ck you.'”