PSG reach semis after stunning comeback

بعودة مذهلة الباريسي يتأهل لنصف نهائي دوري الأبطال


Paris Saint-Germain staged a superb comeback by scoring two late goals to beat Atalanta 2-1 and book a spot in the Champions League semi-finals after a thrilling finish yesterday.

Atalanta’s superb display looked like dumping PSG out of the competition but Marquinhos levelled from close range in the final minute before Frenchman Kylian Mbappe set up fellow substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for a stoppage-time winner.

With Mbappe starting on the bench after an ankle injury, the creative burden fell on Brazilian forward Neymar, and he blasted an early effort over with the goal at his mercy.

Despite the gulf in finances between the clubs — PSG spent more on Neymar and Mbappe than Atalanta had paid for players in total since 2001-02 — the Italians led through Mario Pasalic who curled the ball home superbly in the 27th minute.

But PSG’s late show took Thomas Tuchel’s side through to the last four as the weary Atalanta players slumped to the turf.

Today, Atletico Madrid will meet  RB Leipzig in the second quarter-final.

Atletico Madrid have overcome the shock of two players testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of their trip to the Champions League ‘Final Eight’ and are fully focused today’s match, goalkeeper Jan Oblak said.

Atletico were forced to travel to Lisbon for the mini-tournament a day later than planned after forward Angel Correa and defender Sime Vrsjalko tested positive for the virus.

The pair have been ordered to isolate at home and will undergo further tests on Thursday to determine whether they can join the squad should Atleti reach the semi-finals.

“It’s a strange situation but we’re here and we’re going to play a match. It’s something new for everyone, it’s a difficult situation all around the world but we’re professionals,” Oblak told a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

“We’ve come here to play and we’ve got a very important game and so we’re not thinking about anything else other than the game. What happens on Thursday is all that counts.”

Atletico have reached the Champions League final twice in the last six seasons while Leipzig have never got to the last eight before, but Oblak said he did not think that gave his side any edge over the German outfit.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone sent his best wishes to his two absent players and said everyone on the pitch would be fully focused.

“I hope we can get Correa and Vrsjalko back if we stay in the competition. They have given their hearts for the team whenever they have been called upon,” he added.

“We want our players to take the game by the scruff of the neck to try and harm our opponents. This is a beautiful competition and we are very excited to be in it. In a game like this winning isn’t just important, it’s the only thing that matters.”

الدوحة – الشرق:

تأهل نادي باريس سان جيرمان الفرنسي، إلى الدور نصف النهائي من دوري أبطال أوروبا، بعد فوزه القاتل، على نظيره فريق أتالانتا الإيطالي، بنتيجة 2 – 1، في المباراة التي جمعت الفريقين، مساء أمس، على ملعب “النور”، في العاصمة البرتغالية لشبونة، ضمن منافسات ربع نهائي دوري أبطال أوروبا.

ورغم تقدم الفريق الإيطالي خلال الشوط الأول بهدف، سجله ماريو بازاليتيش، فى الدقيقة 27 من زمن المباراة، من تصويبة قوية، سكنت على يمين الحارس كيلور نافاس إلا أن الباريسي تمكن من قلب الطاولة على منافسه في الشوط الثاني في الدقائق الأخيرة من المباراة، بعدما سجل البرازيلى ماركينيوس، هدف التعادل في الدقيقة الأخيرة من الوقت الأصلي للمباراة قبل أن ينجح زميله الكاميرونى إيريك موتينج، في تسجيل هدف الفوز والتأهل للباريسي، في الدقيقة الثالثة من الوقت البديل مانحا فريقه بطاقة التأهل إلى الدور نصف النهائي.

ويواجه باريس سان جيرمان، المتأهل من لقاء لايبزيج الألماني مع أتلتيكو مدريد، فى دور نصف النهائي، وذلك يوم 18 أغسطس الجاري.

المصدر: al-sharq

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