Champions League Semi-finals – Highlights & Reports

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Second Semi-final 2nd leg: Chelsea – Real Madrid 2 – 0


Chelsea reached their first UEFA Champions League final since 2012 with a comfortable 3-1 aggregate success against Real Madrid.

A high-tempo opening produced few chances and the tie did not take a decisive twist until midway through the first half. Then Edouard Mendy made a full-length save to thwart Karim Benzema and, shortly after, Chelsea took the lead when Timo Werner nodded in after Kai Havertz’s clipped finish cannoned off the bar.

Havertz rattled the woodwork again shortly after half-time and Mason Mount fired over as the hosts continued to create, but spurn clear chances. Thibaut Courtois kept the Merengues alive with one-on-one saves from Havertz and N’Golo Kanté but his resistance was finally ended when substitute Christian Pulišić crossed for Mount to tap in late on.

Player of the Match: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)

Covered a great deal of ground in a very close match. His transitions both from defense to attack and attack to defense were excellent.

Line-ups
Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger; Azpilicueta (James 88), Jorginho, Kanté, Chilwell; Havertz (Giroud 90), Werner (Pulišić 67), Mount (Ziyech)
Real Madrid: Courtois; Nacho, Éder Militão, Ramos, Mendy (Valverde 63); Kroos, Casemiro (Rodrygo 76), Modrić; Vinícius Júnior (Asensio 63), Benzema, Hazard (Mariano Díaz 89)

Chelsea still have five domestic matches to play before they take on Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul on 29 May. Four of those are in the Premier League as they bid to seal a top-four finish with the FA Cup final against Leicester (15 May) in the middle of those games.

First Semi-final 2nd leg: Manchester City – PSG 2 – 0


It was a landmark night for Manchester City as Riyad Mahrez scored twice to send them to a maiden UEFA Champions League final with a 4-1 aggregate success over Paris.

Paris was positive early on but that proved their downfall as they were caught out by Ederson’s long pass. Oleksandr Zinchenko latched on to it and found Kevin De Bruyne, whose blocked shot fell nicely for Riyad Mahrez to sweep in. The visitors responded, though, with Marquinhos heading against the bar and Ángel Di María firing just wide from distance.

Josep Guardiola’s side had to dig deep after the interval with Zinchenko denying Neymar and Rúben Dias thwarting Ander Herrera before another clinical counterattack finished the job. De Bruyne led the break and released Phil Foden, who slid the ball across for Mahrez to write his name into City folklore. Di María’s red card soon after summed up a disappointing night for Mauricio Pochettino’s visitors.

Reactions

Riyad Mahrez, Man. City midfielder: “We didn’t have a good first half but we got the goal and we were more comfortable. We played well second half and we could have scored more. It wasn’t the game plan to counterattack but they had to come at us and that’s how the two goals came about. We have another game on Saturday, we need to win to be league champions and then we’ll concentrate on the Champions League final.”

Josep Guardiola, Man. City manager: “It is for all of us and the club. I’m incredibly proud. To win 4-1 on aggregate against a team that beat Barcelona and Bayern means a lot to us. We fought together and we’re in the final of the Champions League and those are nice words. People believe it’s easy to arrive in the final of the Champions League. Getting to the final now makes sense of what we have done in the past four or five years. Every day these guys have been consistent and this is remarkable.”

Player of the Match: Rúben Dias (Manchester City)
He showed outstanding leadership and defensive organization. He played the game securely and made numerous important tackles, blocks, and clearances

Line-ups
Man. City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Gündoğan; Mahrez, Bernardo Silva (Sterling 82), Foden (Agüero 85); De Bruyne (Jesus 82)
Paris: Navas; Florenzi (Dagba 75), Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo (Bakker 83); Paredes (Danilo 75), Herrera (Draxler 62); Di María, Verratti, Neymar; Icardi (Kean 62)


1st Semi-final first leg highlights: PSG – Manchester City 1 – 2

2nd Semi-final first leg highlights: Real Madrid – Chelsea 1 – 1