19 Aug RB Leipzig vs. Paris Saint-Germain – Football Match Report – August 18, 2020
Angel Di Maria scored one and assisted two, whereas Neymar additionally starred, as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 3-Zero victory in opposition to RB Leipzig within the UEFA Champions League semifinals. The French champions transfer on to Sunday’s remaining in opposition to Bayern Munich or Lyon, marking the primary time they reached the competitors’s championship sport.
PSG left it late to say victory in opposition to Atalanta within the earlier spherical, however with Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe recalled to the beginning line-up, Thomas Tuchel’s males started in optimistic style in opposition to Leipzig. Neymar hit the submit after six minutes and had a aim dominated out for handball seconds later, however PSG didn’t have to attend lengthy to open the scoring.
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Neymar was fouled exterior the left nook of the penalty space and Di Maria’s subsequent free kick discovered the pinnacle of Marquinhos, whose late equaliser in opposition to Atalanta sparked his facet’s comeback win, and the midfielder beat goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
With PSG dominant, Leipzig struggled to create probabilities of their very own within the opening half; Yussuf Poulsen’s shot into the side-netting after 25 minutes, following a driving run from Konrad Laimer was their greatest likelihood.
After Neymar hit the woodwork with a 35-yard free kick that just about caught out Gulacsi at his close to submit, PSG doubled their lead three minutes earlier than half-time.
Sloppy defensive play noticed Leipzig lose possession 30 yards from aim to Leandro Paredes, who swooped on the free ball, crossed to Neymar and the Brazilian worldwide’s intelligent flick discovered Di Maria for a close-range end.
Any suggestion that Leipzig would possibly get again into the sport evaporated 11 minutes into the second half when one other defensive lapse price them. Below stress from Ander Herrera, Nordi Mukiele slipped and introduced possession to Di Maria, whose cross was headed in by Juan Bernat.
U.S. worldwide Tyler Adams got here on for Leipzig, emulating DaMarcus Beasley in 2005 because the second American to seem in a Champions League semifinal. Amongst PSG’s launched substitutes was Marco Verratti, who missed the sport in opposition to Atalanta via harm.
“We ate them up from minute one,” mentioned man-of-the-match Di Maria. “It should be powerful to sleep between now and the ultimate. We wish to make historical past for the membership. We succeeded tonight and we’re within the remaining; that is essential. We’ve to proceed like tonight to make our dream come true.”
If Di Maria was the brightest participant on the pitch for PSG, it’s the French champions’ defence that was probably the most praised by coach Tuchel post-match.
“I used to be by no means relaxed, however how we defended was additionally an important factor for me. We had an excellent combine between willpower, spirit and high quality,” mentioned Tuchel.
“Earlier than the sport I felt the stress. I’ve gamers who’re used to that sort of stress.”
Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann mentioned his facet had no likelihood in opposition to the superior Parisians.
“We’ve to just accept the end result as a result of we weren’t in a position to method the sport as we wished,” Nagelsmann mentioned. “They have been higher than us. Even when we might have made a whole lot of issues higher, possibly it will nonetheless not have been sufficient.
“They have been versatile. We began nicely within the first half. However then conceded the primary aim after which the second from a mistake of ours.”