The reigning Premier League champions secured their place in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 as group winners following a stunning 2-1 win over PSG at the Etihad Stadium.
It was looking like it wouldn’t be City’s night. Kylian Mbappe scored five minutes into the second half to give Mauricio Pochettino’s men the lead completely against the run of play.
But Mbappe’s early second-half strike was cancelled out by yet another Etihad goal for Raheem Sterling, and a well-worked move that saw Gabriel Jesus put Manchester City into a 2-1 lead – a lead that ultimately secured the three points.
While the likes Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus may have stole the limelight in this game, Wednesday clash was yet another example of why Mahrez is one Man City’s most important player.
The Algerian, who earns a reported £120,000-a-week, did enough to justify his inclusion, constantly demanding the ball on the right hand and asking questions of Nuno Mendes, especially in the first half.
Looked lively, particularly considering his lack of game-time this season and almost broke the deadlock with a trademark curler on his left foot.
Forced Navas into a couple of important saves before playing the pass before the final pass for Jesus’ winning goal. His delivery to Bernardo for the second goal was exquisite, as he threatened all night.
Riyad Mahrez performance caught the eye of many Man City fans on social media. Here’s what some of them had to say on Twitter…
Masterclass successfully manifested🌟🏟 https://t.co/LHrwCIOLFS
— Alexander🖤 (@92AlexMCFC) November 24, 2021
Class today who’s neymar?
— Manc Blue (@blue3_manc) November 24, 2021
Played so well
— Big Comando ❤️🔥 (@its_comando) November 24, 2021
What a player. Deserve a MOTM besides Bernardo
— Random shi. (@Graelinho) November 24, 2021
Yes Mahrez was amazing today, total domination over PSG’s defense.
— Daksh Varyani (@varyani35) November 24, 2021
I reckon,the Guy is pure Talent 🥳he is truly one the best wright wingers in the world.
What a Class 😍😍🙌
— ayoub zouak (@AyoubYakuza) November 25, 2021