(Atalanta – PSG 1-2) PSG are ready for the semi-finals of the Champions League after a spectacular turnaround operation against the ashtray Atalanta.
Paris Saint-Germain have been in the Champions League every single year since 2011. But not once have they managed to advance to the semi-finals: It has said stop in the “quarter” four times. We actually have to go back to 1995 to find the last time the French capital team played the Champions League semi-final, then against AC Milan.
Now RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid are waiting.
And that thanks to two legally late goals by Marquinhos and finally Eric Maxim replaces Choupo-Moting.
– When I thought about it, I thought: “We can not lose, we can not go home like that”. I was confident. It was a crazy match against a tough opponent. We show morale until the last second, says the match winner in a TV 2 broadcast interview.
They had to do without Kylian Mbappé from the start, who injured himself in the cup final against Saint-Etienne – PSG’s first official match in 135 days – a few weeks ago. The Frenchman, however, got a place on the bench during Wednesday’s CL quarter final.
And it seemed for a while that they might need Mbappé’s goalkeeping, because Neymar struggled to find the net masks in Lisbon.
– An incredible miss! said TV 2 commentator Øyvind Alsaker when Neymar burned his second giant chance for the day just before the break.
PSG at times looked like a small putt team with one player from the year class above. It seemed that almost everyone was attacking had to stopped by Neymar, and the superstar also showed some wonderful technical details in the middle of the field, but where it matters most – in front of goal – he missed time and time again.
At the opposite end, however, Atalanta were effective, and Croatian Mario Pasalic sent the “ash ladle” up to 1-0 before the break.
But fortunately for the French capital team, the star gallery woke up just in time, when Mbappé was given the green light by Thomas Tuchel to play the last 30 minutes.
The Frenchman had great opportunities to score himself, but instead it was Marquinhos who put his foot forward one minute before full time. Then it seemed to go towards extra innings in Lisbon – but a few minutes later it was the former Stoke player Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who got the honor of breaking PSG’s quarterfinal curse.
The light was thrown into the penalty area, the pass from Mbappé was precise, and the PSG players were able to let go of the cheers on the grass in Portugal.
– We have already won four titles this season, but it is this that is most important. PSG have never won it, so that is the goal, says Choupo-Moting.
Published: 12.08.20 at 10:57 p.m.
Updated: 13.08.20 at 0:39