Beaten 2-0 at Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain was eliminated from the Champions League after a difficult evening in freezing weather. This will be the first C1 final for Pep Guardiola’s Skyblues.
The dream quickly passed. Paris Saint-Germain will not play their second Champions League final, the second in the space of a few months. The capital club was stopped in the semi-finals by one of the favorites of the competition, Manchester City, who confirmed their success at the Parc des Princes in the first leg (1-2) with a convincing success at the Etihad Stadium (2-0), on a double from Riyad Mahrez.
PSG did not really believe it, despite a start to the match full of advice, with a penalty logically canceled by the VAR in the 7th minute because of a hand that was not one. In the process, on a counterpart of a superb recovery from Ederson, Mahrez inflicted a first cold on the Parisians by opening the scoring (0-1, 11th). And it was in the wake that PSG missed the opportunity to give themselves hope, with a header from Marquinhos on the bar (16th), and a strike from Di Maria came close to the post after a failed raise ( 19th).
First C1 final for City
Opposite, it was not the City who confiscated the ball from their opponent, since the Skyblues had instead chosen to play against. But the PSG narrowly missed in the zone of truth to really worry his adversary (no shot on target!). Of course, Kylian Mbappé was missing, affected in the calf and not able to leave the sidelines, in the stands. And the holders were not at the level necessary to create the feat, like a ghostly Mauro Icardi, or a too individualistic Neymar.
It was after a failed rush from Neymar (57th) and the exit of Icardi for Moise Kean (61st) that PSG was sanctioned a second time by Mahrez, at the conclusion of a new against (0-2, 62nd ). The evening then turned into a nightmare, with a red card for Angel Di Maria following a gesture of humor (69th), and it came close to the bill not being even heavier, which would have been anecdotal. Man City will play their first Champions League final, finally exporting their technical and tactical mastery to the European stage. For PSG, it will be necessary to wait, one more year, at least …