Manchester City took on Paris St Germain at home in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League 2021 Semi-Final, with both sides looking for a place in the final.
City had the advantage of a 2-1 aggregate lead from last week’s away leg.
Highlights from BT Sport are below.
Mahrez continued his sparkling recent form to bag a brace of goals, with Phil Foden once more in remarkable form, in what was a thrilling encounter between two excellent sides.
This was one of City’s most assured knockout matches at European level, which is all the more impressive given that they could have been expected to be nervous looking to make their first ever Champions League Final.
In this type of form, they look like the side to beat.
When you consider the quality they were able to produce from the bench – Gabriel Jesus, and a run out for retiring hero, Sergio Aguero – you get a little idea of the imperious depth of this City squad.
Foden, De Bruyne and Mahrez are right now looking something like the World-class midfield trio Guardiola enjoyed at Barcelona a decade ago, when he last raised this trophy: Xavi, Iniesta and Messi.
That being said, this was a terrific team performance, with the whole City back-line putting themselves on the line to preserve their lead – and a clean sheet on the night. Both full backs were full of energy, and both centre halves made important blocks and interceptions throughout.
The goalkeeper, Ederson, made effectively a goal contribution with his long range pass for the opener; and the midfield effectively picks itself, with captain Fernandinho, at 36, probably the most complete performer on the pitch, breaking up many attacks, from his defensive midfield berth.
If this starting lineup is fit for the Final, then it would be difficult to drop any one of this 11; they have set a high watermark, here.