Riyad Mahrez scores spectacular free-kick against Chelsea, picks out top corner
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Riyad Mahrez produced a moment of magic as he scored a spectacular free-kick for Manchester City against Chelsea on Sunday.
The Algerian winger opened the scoring in the FA Cup third round clash with a stunning strike in the 23rd minute.
With his wonderous left peg, he curled home a sensational hit that picked out the top corner, leaving Kepa Arrizabalaga with absolutely no chance in goal.
OH RIYAD MAHREZ 🔥— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 8, 2023
He's scored against Chelsea in three different games this season.#BBCFootball #FACup pic.twitter.com/FRyE7OCfCE
Only Southampton's James Ward-Prowse (13) and Leicester City's James Maddison (7) have scored more direct free-kick goals for Premier League teams tan Mharez since the start of the 2019/20 campaign, according to Opta.
What's more, he has now scored in three separate games against Chelsea this season, having netted Man City's winner in their Premier League clash on Thursday.
He also scored in their 2-0 win in the Carabao Cup last November.
Shortly after Mahrez's free-kick, the Blues were awarded a penalty following a VAR review when Kai Havertz was adjudged to have handled inside the box.
World Cup winner Julian Alvarez made no mistake from the spot, slotting home to double his side's lead.
Man City made it 3-0 after Kyle Walker set up Phil Foden, who poked home from close range.
The Blues added a fourth in the second-half as Mahrez converted a penalty in the 85th minute.
Pep Guardiola's side book their spot in the next round of the competition following their rampant display against Chelsea.
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