Man City 2-0 Paris St-Germain (4-1 on aggregate): City into first Champions League final


Riyad Mahrez is only the second player to score in both legs of a Champions League semi-final for an English club after Sadio Mane in 2017-18

Manchester City reached their first Champions League final as they overcame Paris St-Germain at Etihad Stadium to secure a commanding victory over two legs.

In a game played in unseasonal snow, the brilliant Riyad Mahrez capped a sweeping move started by goalkeeper Ederson’s 60-yard pass to extend their 2-1 advantage from the first leg in Paris.

PSG suffered a serious blow before kick-off when world-class forward Kylian Mbappe was restricted to the bench because of injury. They did not lack endeavour or intent but with Neymar subdued and City throwing bodies on the line in defence, Mauricio Pochettino’s side could not find a way through.

Mahrez punished them again just after the hour when he turned in Phil Foden’s cross at the far post to effectively end the contest.

PSG, as they did when Idrissa Gueye was sent off late in the first leg, lost their discipline and Angel di Maria was shown a red card for a senseless stamp on Fernandinho following a touchline tangle.

City were in full control, avoiding further mishap to set up the Champions League final they and manager Pep Guardiola have craved, against either Chelsea or Real Madrid in Istanbul on 29 May.

Man City within touching distance of the great prize

The celebrations when Manchester City scored and at the final whistle illustrated the significance of what these players and Guardiola have achieved.

Guardiola and City have been sweeping up domestic titles on a regular basis, with his third Premier League title a formality which could be confirmed with victory against Chelsea here on Saturday.

This tournament, however, has been the one code an outstanding team has been unable to crack, with hard-luck stories to tell and crucial slips when the pressure is on, such as when they lost 3-1 to underdogs Lyon in a one-off quarter-final last season.

City have shown great maturity and development this season, keeping their nerve when under pressure against Borussia Dortmund in the last eight and also surviving a PSG surge in Paris six days ago to recover for an outstanding win.

Here, early nerves were settled by Mahrez’s goal and any further PSG threats were repelled with resilience and, when needed, desperate defending to ensure the lead they worked so hard to establish was well protected.

The Champions League has always been regarded as confirmation that Manchester City were a European superpower – now this high-class side will have the opportunity to confirm that status in Istanbul.

Guardiola has heroes everywhere

City’s success has been built on a squad effort, as proved by the way those who missed out on the starting line-up, such as Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo and Raheem Sterling, provided noisy support and encouragement from the sidelines.

Inevitably, though, there were stand-out performers and the list included match-winner Mahrez, the precocious Foden and the often unsung defender Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Mahrez took his time to settle in the early days of his City career but he is now a key component in Guardiola’s line-up, a creator and scorer of important goals, such as the two here. In eight Champions League starts this season he has scored four goals, including in both legs of this semi-final.

The first goal was classic Manchester City, started by remarkable vision from Ederson and finished emphatically by Mahrez.

The Algerian was a huge threat all night, tormenting PSG, and Foden was not far behind, as he grows in stature with every game. He has strength, vision on the ball and an end product, providing a perfect delivery for the second goal.

Zinchenko got the nod ahead of Cancelo and delivered a superb display, a threat going forward and top class in defence, with one crucial block from Neymar in the second half.

Above all, this was a team effort and Manchester City richly deserve their place in the Champions League final.

More to follow.

Player of the match

Rúben DiasRúben Dias

Paris Saint Germain

  1. Squad number5Player nameMarquinhos

  2. Squad number1Player nameNavas

  3. Squad number6Player nameVerratti

  4. Squad number24Player nameFlorenzi

  5. Squad number3Player nameKimpembe

  6. Squad number10Player nameNeymar

  7. Squad number21Player nameHerrera

  8. Squad number22Player nameDiallo

  9. Squad number8Player nameParedes

  10. Squad number18Player nameKean

  11. Squad number23Player nameDraxler

  12. Squad number15Player nameDanilo Pereira

  13. Squad number25Player nameBakker

  14. Squad number31Player nameDagba

  15. Squad number11Player nameDi María

  16. Squad number9Player nameIcardi

Line-ups

Man City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 11ZinchenkoBooked at 71mins
  • 26Mahrez
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 8Gündogan
  • 47FodenSubstituted forAgüeroat 85′minutes
  • 17De BruyneBooked at 74minsSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 82′minutes
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forSterlingat 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Aké
  • 7Sterling
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 10Agüero
  • 13Steffen
  • 14Laporte
  • 16Rodri
  • 21Torres
  • 22Mendy
  • 27Cancelo
  • 33Carson

PSG

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Navas
  • 24FlorenziSubstituted forDagbaat 75′minutes
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 3KimpembeBooked at 87mins
  • 22DialloSubstituted forBakkerat 82′minutes
  • 21HerreraBooked at 22minsSubstituted forDraxlerat 62′minutes
  • 8ParedesSubstituted forDaniloat 75′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 6VerrattiBooked at 71mins
  • 11Di MaríaBooked at 69mins
  • 9IcardiSubstituted forKeanat 62′minutes
  • 10Neymar

Substitutes

  • 4Kehrer
  • 7Mbappé
  • 12Rafinha
  • 15Danilo
  • 16Rico
  • 18Kean
  • 19Sarabia
  • 20Kurzawa
  • 23Draxler
  • 25Bakker
  • 31Dagba
  • 60Randriamamy

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Brunswick Announces Closing of Private Placements for Aggregate Proceeds of $3.106 Million


MONTREAL, Dec. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Brunswick Exploration Inc., (“Brunswick” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced non-brokered private placements for aggregate gross proceeds of $3,106,916, consisting of the issuance of (i) 5,000,000 units of the Company (each, a “Unit“) at a price of $0.22 per Unit, for gross proceeds of $1.1 million and (ii) 9,122,344 flow-through shares of the Company (the “FT Shares”), at a price of $0.22 per FT Share, for gross proceeds of $2,006,916 (collectively, the “Offerings“).

Each Unit consists of one common share of the Company (each, a “Common Share“) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant of the Company (each whole warrant, a “Warrant“). Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to acquire one Common Share at a price of $0.28 for a 24-month period following the closing date of the Offerings.

The net proceeds from the Offerings are expected to be used by the Company for the exploration of newly acquired Fundy Gold project and its portfolio of projects in the BMC under option from Osisko Metals Inc., as well as general corporate purposes.

In connection to this Offerings, the Company paid cash finders fees of $66,221.

The Offerings were carried out pursuant to prospectus exemptions of applicable securities laws and are subject to final acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange. All securities issuable pursuant to the Offerings are subject to a statutory 4-month hold period from closing in accordance with applicable securities legislation.

As a result of the Offerings, 131,369,712 common shares of the Company are issued and outstanding.

Investor Relations

The Company has retained the services of The Bid Capital Markets to provide investor relations services. The Bid Capital Markets will help introduce Brunswick to potential investors and assist the Company in its marketing effort.

In consideration of the services to be provided, the fees incurred by The Bid Capital Markets will be cash consideration of $6,000 per month, starting November 1st, 2020 for a 12-month period with an option to renew for a further 12-month term.

About Brunswick

The Company, formerly Komet Resources Inc., is part of the Osisko Group of companies and is a Montreal-based mineral exploration company listed on the TSX-V under symbol BRW. It has put its former African assets for sale and is now focused on exploration and development of gold and base metal properties in Eastern Canada. Current projects include gold-polymetallic vein systems in southern New Brunswick (Fundy Gold Project) and base metals VMS in the Bathurst Mining Camp in northern New Brunswick and in the Chibougamau region of Quebec (Waconichi).

Investor Relations/information

Mr. Killian Charles, President (info@brwexplo.ca).

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Bayern Munich 4-1 Chelsea: Frank Lampard’s side lose 7-1 on aggregate


Chelsea conceded 79 goals in 55 games in all competitions in the 2019-20 season

Bayern Munich will meet Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals after Robert Lewandowski inspired them to a crushing 7-1 aggregate win over Chelsea.

Having established a commanding 3-0 first leg lead at Stamford Bridge back in February, Bayern quickly made it 5-0 on aggregate when Lewandowski – from the penalty spot – and Ivan Perisic scored inside 25 minutes at the Allianz Arena.

Chelsea pulled a goal back through Tammy Abraham after a rare mistake by keeper Manuel Neuer, but Bayern’s class shone through.

Substitute Corentin Tolisso made it 6-1 on aggregate when he volleyed home unmarked inside the six-yard area before Poland forward Lewandowski, who now has 53 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions this season, headed the fourth to finish the match with two goals and two assists.

Bayern will now face Barca in a mouth-watering one-game knockout format in Lisbon on Friday.

Tough German lesson for Chelsea

A long season which started with a 4-0 hammering at Manchester United on 11 August 2019 ended – via a top-four Premier League finish and FA Cup final loss – in a heavy defeat and a reminder that Chelsea are still a work in progress.

Having been blown away by Bayern in 25 second-half minutes in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, it was always going to require something extra special by Lampard’s side to turn it around in Munich.

The Chelsea boss described his side’s challenge as an “opportunity to do something special” yet it turned into a damage limitation exercise inside the opening 10 minutes thanks to Lewandowski’s precise finish from the spot.

There was a check by the video assistant referee to see if Lewandowski was on-side when he was clipped by keeper Willy Caballero, who received a yellow card for the foul.

Champions League quarter-finals – Lisbon
DateFixtureKick-off
12 AugAtalanta v Paris St-Germain20:00 BST
13 AugRB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid20:00 BST
14 AugBarcelona v Bayern Munich20:00 BST
15 AugManchester City v Lyon20:00 BST

It went from bad to worse when Mateo Kovacic, sent off in last week’s FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal, carelessly conceded possession, allowing Lewandowski to set up Perisic to guide home and make it 5-0 on aggregate.

There were few positives for a Chelsea side without seven first-team regulars because of injury or suspension.

Callum Hudson-Odoi thought he had pulled a goal back with an excellent, curling finish but his celebrations were cut short when it was ruled out for offside, before Abraham scored after Neuer palmed the ball into his path at the end of the first half.

The space Tolisso was allowed to score Bayern’s third goal was a reminder that Chelsea’s defence needs work, before Lewandowski added to their pain with a powerful header.

Tammy Abraham is the second youngest player to score a Champions League knockout goal for Chelsea (22yrs 341d) after Salomon Kalou in March 2008 (22yrs 213d)

There have been many encouraging signs for Lampard and his young players during a testing first season in charge for the Blues boss, who is set for a busy close season as he readies his squad for the 2020-21 campaign which starts next month.

Although Brazil midfielder Willian looks set to join Arsenal after seven years at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will look to kick on following the arrival of Germany forward Timo Werner and Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech.

Lewandowski shines as Bayern march on

Having wrapped up another Bundesliga title and German Cup, Bayern are eyeing a domestic and European treble – Hansi Flick’s side now just two wins from the Champions League final on 23 August.

They face a tough test against Barcelona – 4-2 aggregate winners over Napoli – but they are a side in fine form – and with 31-year-old Lewandowski showing why he is one of the finest finishers in the world.

Having scored one and assisted the other two goals in the first leg, he was directly involved in all seven of Bayern goals over the two legs – three goals, four assists.

His two goals against Chelsea took his tally to 53 and he has found the net in 36 out of 44 matches (82%).

Lewandowski has also scored in all seven of his Champions League appearances this season (13 goals).

Man of the match – Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Robert Lewandowski heads into the Champions League quarter-finals in exceptional form after another masterclass up front

‘We want more’ – what they said

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: “Nights like this in a footballing sense, show me a lot, tell me a lot. In a football sense I feel like I know where we can improve, so now it’s time to look at that.

“I saw lots of good things in the team and also some of the bad we have seen this season. We had individual errors that gave them goals and at this level that will finish you off.

“We want more but the feeling is we have achieved something with the group we have. Now is the time to think where we can improve.”

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick: “We will prepare for Barcelona like any other opponent. We want to show our strengths again, be 100% focused and bring our qualities into the game.

“We’re not focusing on Lionel Messi, we need to be aware of every player.”

Familiar territory – the stats

  • Bayern have qualified for their 18th Champions League quarter-final, the joint-most of any team in the competition’s history along with Barcelona.
  • Chelsea conceded seven goals in a two-legged European tie for the first time in their history.
  • Chelsea’s six-goal margin of defeat on aggregate is the second-worst by an English club in the Champions League, behind only Arsenal’s eight-goal aggregate loss also against Bayern Munich in 2016-17 (2-10).
  • Bayern’s Hansi Flick is only the third manager in Champions League history to win his first five matches in charge, along with Fabio Capello (AC Milan, 1992-93) and Luis Fernandez (Paris St-Germain, 1994-95).
  • Bayern have won their first eight Champions League matches this season (all six group stage games as well as both legs v Chelsea). They are only the second side to ever achieve that in a campaign after Barcelona in 2002-03, who won their first nine.





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