Mahrez put City into the lead in their FA Cup tie on Thursday with a terrific free-kick before Foden&aposs corner was handled in the box by Kai Havertz to give the home side a penalty. Mahrez had missed three of his last four penalties for the Blues to potentially cost them six extra points in the Premier League and Champions League, with Erling Haaland taking over duties after Mahrez missed in a 0-0 draw at Dortmund.
However, the Algerian was set on taking another for City on Thursday before being asked by Julian Alvarez and reasoning that it was in the best interests of the Argentine to take it. Alvarez ignored Kepa Arrizabalaga&aposs attempts to unsettle him and squeezed the ball in to give Pep Guardiola&aposs side a two-goal cushion.
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Foden added a third before City were awarded a second penalty towards the end of the game when the same player was fouled in the box. The England international asked to take it but Mahrez decided that this one was his and promptly smashed it into the top of the net to crown a fine evening for him and the team.
“The first one Julin asked me, and I said yes because I was thinking hes a striker and its important for them to score – he just came back from the World Cup and its his first game as well, so I was thinking let him take the penalty and score,” Mahrez said.
“I was thinking if I have a second one, Ill take it and even Phil when he asked me, I wanted to let him shoot but I was thinking I let Julin take the first one, so I had to take this one. Phil scored a goal, Julin scored, I scored – everyone was involved – thats the most important.