Paris Saint-Germain reaches first ever Champions League final
August 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
Paris Saint-Germain put on a footballing masterclass to reach the Champions League final for the first time in the club's history, running riot against RB Leipzig to secure a statement 3-0 win.
(CNN)Paris Saint-Germain put on a footballing masterclass to reach the Champions League final for the first time in the club's history, running riot against RB Leipzig to secure a statement 3-0 win.
First half goals from Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria gave the French side a commanding lead, before Juan Bernat sealed the victory early in the second period.
Had Neymar not produced yet another profligate night in front of goal, the scoreline could have been much worse for RB Leipzig.
Under young coach Julian Nagelsmann, the German side has stunned opponents and thrilled fans in this year's competition but this proved a step too far against a star-studded PSG.
RB Leipzig are in some ways the antithesis of PSG; a more modest group of players who are more than the sum of their parts compared to an array of expensive superstars.
Angel Di Maria threaded a superb ball through the RB Leipzig defense for Neymar, who, as he did against Atlanta, missed a gilt-edged chance when through one on one with the goalkeeper.
The defender had been without a goal in the Champions League this season before the knockout stages in Lisbon, but two in his last two matches have helped put PSG in the final.
However, that desire to play an attractive brand of football ended up being Leipzig's downfall late in the second half against PSG.
But it was three years ago that the French club suffered the most incredible Champions League exit, a memory so painful that many said PSG may never get over.
Leading 4-0 after the first leg in Paris, PSG capitulated in the return match in Barcelona to lose 6-1 and once again fall short in the competition its Qatari owner has craved the most desperately since taking over the club in 2011.
Perhaps sensing some trepidation, RB Leipzig started the second half brightly and Emil Forsberg's vicious strike had Sergio Rico scrambling in the PSG goal.
However, any lingering hope that Leipzig had was promptly extinguished as Nordi Mukiele's costly slip gifted the ball to Di Maria, who fizzed in a brilliant cross that Bernat guided home with his head.