Riyad Mahrez admitted that he had missed his shot on his free kick which offered the victory to Manchester City (1-2) on the ground of PSG on Wednesday. Before that, he had asked Kevin De Bruyne for permission to try his luck.
The exchange lasted for long seconds. Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Marhez but also Ilkay Gundögan positioned themselves around the ball to shoot a full-axis free kick just over 20 meters from the Parisian goal. Mahrez landed the ball first and De Bruyne eventually pulled away to let the Algeria international try his luck. He did well. A few seconds later, the ball struck by the Mancunian winger crossed the Parisian wall to finish in the back of the goal of Keylor Navas.
“He asked me if he could take it and I said ‘if you believe in yourself take it,’ De Bruyne told BT Sport after the meeting. my team. He scored the goal, so who am I to say something about that? ” All in a smile.
The Belgian, often in charge of set pieces, is well aware of the luck of his teammate who pays big since he offered the victory to City (1-2). The strike from the former Le Havre miraculously reached the goal by passing through the hole created by the joint jumps of Presnel Kimpembe and Leandro Paredes. After all, it could have been prepared in training. But no, Riyad Mahrez has solved the mystery: he was lucky while attributing this success to the prayers of Benjamin Mendy (“It is because Ben asked God, and God gave me this goal”, a he joked.)
Mahrez: “I wanted to go around the wall and I missed!”
“I wanted to go around the wall to be honest, and I missed but it happened between the two players, admitted the former Leicester player after the meeting. Fortunately, it came back. and that really made us happy because we knew we could win here. To put that 2-1 goal for the team is amazing. “
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Former Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart, mocked the brittleness of the Parisian wall. “The natural instinct is to come out of line, but you have to fight that on the pitch,” the former player explained of the intricacies of a wall, on BT Sport. They didn’t do their job and lost the game. They let human nature take over and didn’t defend their team. It’s almost impossible to stop that. From the trajectory of the ball, you can breathe a sigh of relief when the ball hits the ball. hits the wall. But Navas’ reaction time is almost nil. He must have thought he thought the action was settled. “
Owen Hargreaves, briefly spent with the Sky Blues (2011-12), was also amused to see this “horrible” free kick turn into a goal. Former City defender Joleon Lescott accuses the two Parisian players. “They have turned their backs, you can tell it’s a bit lucky, he says too. You can’t blame the goalkeeper because the wall is responsible for blocking him.” City took advantage of the flaws in the crumbly Parisian building.