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Riyad Mahrez joined Sadio Mane in an exclusive club after guiding Man City to CL final

Riyad Mahrez joined Sadio Mane in an exclusive club after guiding Man City to CL final

An impressive statistic surrounding the production of Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has surfaced, on the back of his latest dazzling showing on the European stage.

PSG sent packing

Mahrez and City were of course back in action earlier this evening.

The Sky Blues welcomed French champions Paris Saint-Germain to the Etihad, for the 2nd-leg of the highly anticipated Champions League semi-final showdown between the clubs.

It was Pep Guardiola’s men who headed into proceedings in possession of the advantage, having recovered from an early deficit to eventually depart Paris with a 2-1 win last week.

Riyad Mahrez joined Sadio Mane in an exclusive club after guiding Man City to CL final

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar walks off the pitch at the end of the first half during the UEFA Champions League second leg semi-final football match between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 4, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

And, when all was said and done on Tuesday, City got the job done once again, to clinch a first-ever Champions League final berth.

Riyad Mahrez, who netted the crucial 2nd at the Parc des Princes last time out, proved the star of the show, notching both goals en route to a 2-0 Citizens victory.

The Algerian’s first came with ten minutes on the clock, when Mahrez picked up the pieces following a blocked Kevin De Bruyne effort to slot between the legs of Keylor Navas from a tight angle:

And the former Leicester City man was back at it again just past the hour mark, this time surging in at the back post to put the finishing touches on a flowing team move:

Mane matched

In turn, on the back of the action coming to a close at the Etihad, it has come as little surprise to see the name of one player – Mahrez – steal the limelight.

The Algerian has endured an at times hit and miss stint since swapping Leicester for Manchester in 2018, but, over the last couple of months, has reminded supporters across the globe of just what a special talent he truly is.

Three goals in two Champions League semi-finals is of course the kind of production which speaks for itself.

But, as outlined above, the real extent of Mahrez’s achievement over the course of the last week has since been put into perspective, by an eye-opening statistic.

The Man City star has joined Sadio Mane as only the 2nd player to find the net in both legs of a Champions League semi-final tie for a Premier League club:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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1 Manchester City FC 35 46 80
2 Manchester United FC 34 31 70
3 Chelsea FC 35 23 64
4 Leicester City FC 35 20 63
5 West Ham United FC 35 10 58
6 Liverpool FC 34 18 57
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 35 20 56
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9 Arsenal FC 35 11 52
10 Leeds United 35 0 50
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13 Crystal Palace FC 34 -20 41
14 Burnley FC 35 -14 39
15 Newcastle United FC 35 -18 39
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 35 -5 37
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18 Fulham FC 35 -22 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 35 -36 26
20 Sheffield United FC 35 -44 17
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Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 16
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 12
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Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
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