Man City Reach Semis

The Economic Times - - Sports - Mike Collett

Manche s t e r Cit y ma n a g e r Manuel Pel leg rini's am­bi­tion of leav­ing them as kings of Europe moved a step closer on Tues­day when his side reached the Champions League semi-fi­nals for the first time af­ter a tense 1-0 win over Paris St Ger­main. City sealed a 3-2 ag­gre­gate vic­tory with a su­perb curl­ing shot from Kevin de Bruyne with 14 min­utes re­main­ing of the quar­ter-fi­nal, sec­ond-leg.

It was the Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional's sec­ond goal of the tie af­ter he net­ted City's opener in the 2-2 first leg draw in Paris last week.

Pellegrini, who is leav­ing at the end of the sea­son to make way for Bay­ern Mu­nich coach Pep Guardi­ola, last reached the semi-fi­nals 10 years ago with Vil­lar­real and now hopes to go one bet­ter by lift­ing the Euro­pean Cup in Milan on May 28. "This is a great achieve­ment for the club, we played as a big, ma­ture team and we de­served it," the 62-year-old Chilean told re­porters. "We were very un­lucky to be drawn against Barcelona in the last 16 in the last two sea­sons, but now we have proved we de­serve to be one of the best four teams in Europe."

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