Paris Saint-Germain went into their Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City with a mountain to climb.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost 2-1 in France and, to make matters even worse, star man Kylian Mbappe was only fit enough to take a place on the bench at the Etihad Stadium.
PSG would then fall behind after just 11 minutes through Riyad Mahrez.
A quite ridiculous ball from Ederson ended with the Algerian firing past Keylor Navas.
PSG had some good opportunities to restore parity on the evening in the second half but some brilliant defending, most notably from Ruben Dias, kept them at bay.
And they were made to pay when Mahrez scored his second of the evening to effectively end the tie.
PSG then lost their heads and Angel Di Maria was sent off in ridiculous circumstances.
The Argentinian stamped on Fernandinho’s foot while the ball was out of play. He was given a straight red card and rightly so.
Absolutely ridiculous. What was he thinking?! Any chance of PSG making a comeback was pretty much extinguished when he received his marching orders.
The fact he tried to protest the decision is laughable.
The game turned a bit nasty after Di Maria’s red card.
Marco Verratti was booked for a late challenge on Phil Foden. Kevin De Bruyne joined him in the book shortly after.
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Pascal Kimpembe was then shown a yellow card for a horrendous challenge on Gabriel Jesus and Danilo Pereira was also cautioned.
There were no further goals as City confirmed their place in the Champions League final.
They will play either Chelsea or Real Madrid at the end of the month in Istanbul. Those two sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.
City will go into the final as favourites whoever their opponents are. They are the world’s best team at the moment and will take some stopping.