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Champions League: City set up PSG semis, Madrid to play Chelsea

Manchester City set up a blockbuster Champions League semifinal against Paris Saint-Germain as Phil Foden’s second-half winner sealed a 2-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday to send the Premier League leaders through 4-2 on aggregate.

England midfielder Jude Bellingham gave Dortmund an early lead at the Signal iduna Park, but a second-half Riyad Mahrez penalty and Foden’s powerful strike moved City into the last four of Europe’s top club competition for the second time, an first under Pep Guardiola.

Having also scored the 90th-minute winner to give City a 2-1 victory in last week’s first leg in Manchester, England international Foden again broke Dortmund hearts.

Guardiola was full of praise for Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG after they reached the last four by squirming past holders Bayern Munich on away goals.

“We saw yesterday how strong they (PSG) are, Neymar is an excellent player and they have eliminated the world’s best team,” said Guardiola.

“It’s time to celebrate and drink a lot of wine, then prepare to face Chelsea (in the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday).”

Elsewhere, Real Madrid held out for a 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield to progress to the semifinals of the Champions League 3-1 on aggregate.

Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum were guilty of wasting glorious opportunities to get Klopp’s men back into the tie as they failed to replicate a remarkable recovery from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate at the semifinal stage two years ago.

Madrid were far from their best, but did not need to be to set up a semifinal clash with Chelsea as Los Blancos extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 14 games.

The first leg ties of the semifinals come up on the 27/28 April, with the return legs a week later.

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