Riyad Mahrez may have scored Manchester City’s essential winner in their first leg with Paris Saint-Germain, but the winger admits his free kick was a failure.
Mahrez delivered 25 yards in the 71st minute, completing a famous comeback victory for City after Kevin De Bruyne called off Marquinhos’ opener.
The Algerian’s free kick gives Pep Guardiola’s side the cumulative advantage and two away goals to win next week’s second semi-final at the Etihad.
However, Mahrez admits his free kick did not travel the way he intended, with replays showing the ball found its way through PSG’s wall before nestling in the net.
“I wanted to go around the wall to be honest and I missed it, it happened between the two players and luckily it was in it,” the 30-year-old told City’s official website.
“I was so happy, I knew we could win here and to score to go 2-1 for the team was amazing.”
Mahrez also explained why he was confident to score against PSG following a prediction by teammate Benjamin Mendy.
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He added, “It’s all because of Ben. He asked God and God gave me that goal.”
Mahrez’s strike against the Ligue 1 champions brings his season tally to 12 goals in 44 appearances.
He couldn’t hide his excitement in Tuesday’s second leg, but insists City are fully focused on their trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday in the meantime.
“We’re going to enjoy it a bit even if it’s not over,” said the former Leicester ace.
“We have a great second leg but today we will let go of the pressure, enjoy it, eat and sleep and tomorrow we will focus on Palace.”
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