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Mahrez joins elite club in the same week Ronaldo and Messi flop

Mahrez joins elite club in the same week Ronaldo and Messi flop

Manchester City smell Premier League blood and are going for it like the predators they are; the league title is there within reach. After putting five past Southampton to close out game week 27, Guardiola's men are now a comfortable 14 points apart from city rivals and second-placed Manchester United, atop of the league. The season is nine games left, and Pep's men need six more wins to clinch the title, a good time as any for fans to take advantage of a bwin welcome offer and close out the season in style by putting some more excitement to the action. The game against Southampton saw as different Manchester City side from the one that lost to United over the weekend, starting the name with energy as Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring with fifteen minutes gone into the game. Southampton would draw level with a James Ward-Prowse penalty, but Riyad Mahrez would invite himself to the party with a beautiful curler, five minutes before halftime.

That goal will mark his 50th goal with his left foot, joining an elite club of marksmen that include Ryan Giggs, Robin Van Persie, Olivier Giroud, Mo Salah, Romelu Lukaku, and Robbie Fowler. The Algerian would find the net again in the second half, alongside De Bruyne, after Ilkay Gundogan had added one more just before the break. City would run out as 5-2 winners, with a cameo appearance for Kun Aguero after a long layoff with injury. Going into the last stretch of the season, the Cityzens will need all the firepower at their disposal to see off their title charge in style. On a night of history for Mahrez, one of Europe's greats was having a rough time in the Champions League, as FC Barcelona was dumped out of the competition by a Neymar-less PSG. In the Brazilian's absence, rising star Kylian Mbappe, was the man to go tit for tat with Lionel Messi, and the youngster delivered. Bagging a hat trick in the first leg put Barcelona to the sword and was enough to give his side a definite advantage.

A single goal for the French side in the return leg meant Messi and the Catalans had to score four goals on the night if they had any hopes of qualifying. The match would end a draw and PSG winning 5-2 on aggregate. Messi will make a rare early exit from the competition, joining fellow superstar and rival Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portoguese and his Juve side were thwarted by FC Porto in a thrilling match that saw the Italian side force overtime after two goals from Federick Chiesa in the last fifteen minutes of the game. Down to ten men, Porto would manage to pull off the upset in extra time. This rare early exit from the competition means it will be the first time in thirteen years neither Messi (33 years) or Ronaldo (36 years) will make the last eight of the competition. You would have to go back to 2005 to see the last time this happened, highlighting the dominance of both men over the years.

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