Discreet until then, Riyad Mahrez allowed Manchester City this Wednesday evening to lead 2-1 against PSG in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League (on RMC Sport 1), by scoring a direct free kick in the last half. hour.
It’s hard to imagine what Pep Guardiola had in mind, but it is not impossible that the Catalan technician intended to bring Riyad Mahrez out on Wednesday night during the second half of PSG-Manchester City in the semi-final go to Champions League. Fairly shy until then, the child of Sarcelles was not having a very big night. But on a flick of the paw, only one, it is he who gave the advantage to his people on the Parisian lawn.
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A permeable Parisian wall
In the 71st minute, when the scoreboard was 1-1 after goals from Marquinhos and Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City got a very good full-axis free kick, about twenty meters from the Parisian goal. An ideal free kick for “KDB” we thought then. But it is Mahrez, to everyone’s surprise, who started and tried his luck from the left … to see the ball get lodged in the nets of Keylor Navas (2-1).
The Algerian international had a bit of success, as he actually shot right into the Parisian wall. Except that Kimpembe and Paredes did not stay together, and the ball passed between them. Much to the despair of Mauricio Pochettino …