Manchester City’s victory against PSG (1-2) on Wednesday in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League made the front page of many European newspapers this Thursday morning, especially in England where we underline the big blow of Pep’s players Guardiola. But the failure of the Parisians symbolized by the failing wall on Mahrez’s goal has not gone unnoticed either.
The Skyblues are back on top. On Wednesday, Manchester City struck a big blow by going to win 2-1 at the Parc des Princes against PSG in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League. This Thursday morning, the triumph of the English appear on the front pages of many British tabloids. Headlining, Riyad Mahrez, 2nd scorer from a free kick. “MAHgic”, headlines The Daily Star. Also very fond of puns, The Sun also makes its front page with the joy of the Algerian by titling “Mahvel” (“marvel” means wonder).
2/10 for Gueye
“Riyadh and KDB take Pep one step away from the final,” “the British tabloid said. Mahrez, first scorer De Bruyne and Kyle Walker were given The Guardian top marks with an 8/10. more severe with the Parisians. Idrissa Gueye receives the worst score (2/10) while Kylian Mbappé inherits a 5/10. His “threat has been impressively extinguished by Stones and Dias”, indicates the British daily .
Navas “guilty”, Guardiola “punishes” the Neymar-Mbappé duo
More lounging, The Express underlines the spectacle of the 2nd half presented by the Skyblues, “as fabulous in its own way as anything that has been seen at the Folies Bergères.” In the European press, the sad 2nd period of the Parisians did not go unnoticed. In Germany, the goal conceded from a free kick made the choux gras de Bild. The “hole in the wall helped Pep Guardiola” headlines the German newspaper. The big blow made by the Catalan technician, ex-Bayern coach, is also mentioned in Spain on the front page of AS and in Italy. “Guardiola punishes Neymar and Mbappé” slice Corriere dello Sport. Still on the other side of the Alps, the Gazzetta dello Sport is not tender either with Keylor Navas, “surprised and guilty” on the center-shot of Kevin De Bruyne.
For Mundo Deportivo, “City overthrows PSG and approaches Istanbul”, theater of the final on May 29th. We will still have to wait for the return match, next Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium (live on RMC Sport 1).
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