Manchester City hero Riyad Mahrez admits he ‘MISSED’ his match-winning free-kick after failing to bend his strike around PSG’s wall… as he thanks team-mate Benjamin Mendy for praying for him to score crucial away goal in Champions League semi-final
Riyad Mahrez has admitted that he got his match-winning free-kick against PSG all wrong – despite hitting the back of the net to earn Manchester City a huge win.
The former Leicester star scored from a set piece in the second half of City’s 2-1 triumph in Paris, which puts them in pole position to reach next month’s Champions League final.
But after watching his strike somehow get through PSG’s wall, Mahrez was quick to own up to the fact that he had been attempting to curl the ball around it.
Riyad Mahrez strikes his free-kick towards PSG’s wall in their Champions League semi-final
‘I wanted to go around the wall to be honest and I missed it, it went between the two players and fortunately it was in,’ he said after the game.
‘I was so happy, I knew we could win here and to score to make it 2-1 for the team was amazing.’
Mahrez’s strike completed a brilliant turnaround for Pep Guardiola’s side, who had found themselves 1-0 down thanks to a first-half header from Marquinhos.
Kevin De Bruyne’s attempted cross caught out Keylor Navas and went all the way in to make it 1-1 on the night, before Mahrez struck in the 71st minute.
The Algerian ran to the touchline to celebrate with substitute Benjamin Mendy, who he credited with an assist of sorts.
‘It’s all because of Ben,’ Mahrez added. ‘He asked God and God gave me this goal.’
Mahrez celebrated with Benjamin Mendy and later revealed his team-mate had prayed for him