The match between Real Madrid and Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday evening, May 4th, will be an opportunity for the Algerian star Riyad Mahrez, the City striker, to equalize a unique number controlled by the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool star.
Salah is the only Arab player to qualify for the Champions League final in two consecutive seasons, a number that Mahrez seeks to equalize in the second leg of the semi-final against Real Madrid. Salah also managed to reach his third final in the major European competition, after Liverpool overcame Villarreal in the semi-finals on Tuesday, May 3, by defeating them back and forth (2-0 and 3-2).
Salah reached the Champions League final with Liverpool in the 2017-2018 season, before losing to Real Madrid on the night when Salah’s shoulder was broken by Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, so that Liverpool lost the match (1-3), amid great anger that dominated many fans, especially Al Arabiya, which accused Ramos of deliberately injuring the Egyptian star in the first half of the match.
Salah returned to qualifying in the 2018-2019 season for the Champions League final, and succeeded with Liverpool in winning the title, after winning the final match against Tottenham Hotspur (2-0).
For his part, Mahrez succeeded in qualifying for the Champions League final last season 2021-2020 with Manchester City, but he failed to win the title after losing in the final confrontation against Chelsea (0-1).
Mahrez hopes to follow in Salah’s footsteps, and qualify for the second consecutive season to the Champions League final, when he faces Real Madrid in the “Santiago Bernabeu”, with the English club having a relative advantage after winning the first leg (4-3).
But Salah has another number in his pocket, after he became the first Arab player to qualify for the Champions League final 3 times in his football career, after he officially reached the final this season, after Liverpool beat Villarreal in the semi-finals.
It is worth noting that the list of Arab players qualified for the Champions League final includes other stars such as Moroccans Radwan Hajri (Benfica, Portugal) and Mahdi Ben Attia (Juventus, Italy). (Real Madrid), Egyptian Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Moroccan Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea).
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