PSG produces stunning comeback to knock Atalanta out of Champions League
August 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
Paris Saint-Germain produced yet another memorable moment in the rich history of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday after completing a late comeback against Atalanta.
(CNN)Paris Saint-Germain produced yet another memorable moment in the rich history of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday after completing a late comeback against Atalanta.
The French champion had been trailing 1-0 as the clock ticked past 90 minutes but two late goals from Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting turned the tie on its head.
It was heartbreak for tournament underdog Atalanta, which was competing in the Champions League for the first time in its history.
It had seemed Mario Pasalic's first-half goal was going to be enough but, after a whirlwind three minutes, its players were left crestfallen as the referee blew the final whistle.
The club's Cinderella run had boosted morale in its home city of Bergamo, which became the epicenter of the coronavius outbreak in February.
Atalanta's record signing, Luis Muriel, cost an estimated $21 million while PSG's record signing, Neymar, cost some 12. 5 times as much.
However, the far superior side was wasteful for most of the night with Neymar missing two gilt-edge chances in the first half when it looked harder to miss.
It had seemed the team, brimming with talent after the introduction of Kylian Mbappe in the second half, had run out of ideas before striking late on.
Neymar had a great game," match winner Choupo-Moting told BT Sport after the match.