He PSG is in the semifinals of the Champions Leaguand. And he does so after achieving a comeback in extremis to eliminate Atalanta and meet the winner of the tie between Leipzig and Atlético de Madrid in search of the grand final. The goals of Marquinhos in 89 ‘and Choupo-Moting in ’92 they allow the French to continue dreaming in the European competition. Neymar and Mbappé were decisive.
He Atalanta I was determined to be the protagonist in this Champions League so atypical and on . of achieving it. Italians heroically qualified for the knockout stages after losing the first three games of the group stage. They were involuntary protagonists of the ‘coronavirus match’ against Valencia, which many virologists point to as the trigger for the pandemic in Italy, and they caressed a semifinals from which they were cut off in the most cruel way.
The game started vibrant. A demonstration of the offensive and vertical character of both teams. The ball had barely been rolling for a few minutes when Papu Gómez saw his shot in the hands of Keylor Navas and Neymar stood hand in hand against goal Sportiello ending the play in a horrible way. It was the first in which the Brazilian was erratic facing the goal. Then they followed one after the other. Something that did not prevent the performance of the one who later became named MVP of the meeting.
Neymar laments after a missed chance in the game against Atalanta. (.)
With Mbappé on the bench, the game turned into a Atalanta Vs Neymar. While the Italians were comfortable reaching the rival goal, the French based their game only on the plays that were coming out of the talent a Ney who was in all. Sacrificed and hardworking, he still dribbled three rivals to see how his shot leaves licking the post just after Pasalic’s 1-0 how I got down to help out or he offered to receive the long balls that Keylor forced to give due to the pressure of Gasperini’s team.
Because yes, Atalanta went ahead on the scoreboard. The incisive attacks of a team that fell for goals had their reward after 26 minutes when Pasalic hit a strong left-footed shot before which little or nothing could Keylor Navas do.
The curse of PSG in the Champions League reappeared. The symptoms of another European failure were beginning to be apparent to a team feared to rise to Eight seasons in which Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s megaproject made waters in Europe.
The Mbappé moment arrived at minute 58 when he entered through Sarabia. His own presence foreshadowed that something might happen. Despite having been a doubt until the end due to his sprained ankle, the forward did not hide and starred in the best occasions French to tie.
Playing against the clock and against the lack of competition after the cancellation of Ligue1 the match was getting increasingly uphill. Keylor was injured (Sergio Rico had to go in his place) and Tuchel kept moving chips with the entry of Draxler and Paredes and the subsequent entry of Choupo-Moting for Icardi. Desperation was beginning to be felt among the French whose stars were trying without success. The shots from Mbappé and Neymar were gifts at the hands of the Italian goalkeeper.
The final minutes were crazy. When those of Tuchel already said goodbye they saw how Marquinhos, after Neymar’s play, found a ball in the area to resuscitate the team and force an extension that never came. A play by Mbappé ended it 1-2 moments later. Choupo-Moting, a pass from Mbappé, unleashed madness among the PSG players who continue to dream in this Champions League. Leipzig or Athletic. One of the two will be the rival.