Mahrez fires City to Champions League semi-finals


On Wednesday evening, Riyad Mahrez scored a penalty to help Manchester City progress to the Uefa Champions League semi-finals.

The Citizens progressed to the last four in fine style after defeating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the second leg of their quarter-final tie. City had already won 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg and needed to finish the job when they travel to Germany.

English sensation Jude Bellingham opened the scoring for the hosts in the 15th minute of the clash. This meant that the English midfielder became Dortmund’s youngest ever player to score in the competition.

After conceding the goal, City came out guns blazing with Kevin De Bruyne nearly netting an equaliser for the English side when he rattled the cross bar with the keeper beaten.

Dortmund was in firm control of the tie going into half time.

Pep Guardiola’s side started the second stanza the better of the two and it came as no surprise when Mahrez equalised from the spot after the opposition defender handled the ball in the box.

Bernardo Silva and Mahrez played a short corner before the Portuguese winger found Phil Foden who fired home from the edge of the box to give the visitors a crucial win away from home. City progressed with a 4-2 aggregate score line having won both legs in the tie.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid also progressed to the last four of the competition with a 3-1 aggregate score line after a 0-0 stalemate against Liverpool at the Anfield Stadium.

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