With goals from Marquinhos, Angel di Maria and Juan Bernat, Paris St-Germain has finally reached the final of Champions League, beating the German side RB Leipzig 3-0 in an entertaining semi-final game played at Lisbon, Portugal.
For long the French giants have been one of Europe’s biggest spenders, but also one of the continent’s most high-profile underachievers on the grandest stage, but they have finally seized their opportunity to make it this time.
Marquinhos, who scored the first of two late goals in a comeback win over Atalanta in the last eight, rose to head home a superbly delivered free-kick from Di Maria.
The Argentine forward then finished well from close range following an audacious flick from Neymar after Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi had relinquished possession with a dire kick.
However, with the way hard working players like Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were terrorising the Leipzig backline, the French side should have been out of sight before the break, but the latter twice hit the post from a clipped finish then an opportunist free-kick from range – before side-footing another chance wide at the near post.
Leipzig’s best chance came from Yussuf Poulsen but he fired wide after he was found by a Dani Olmo pull-back.
It was Bernat’s goal that finally sealed the win in the second half with a header that Leipzig felt was offside but was legitimate as the prone Nordi Mukiele, who had slipped in the build-up, was playing the scorer onside.
The French club will find out who they face in Sunday’s final when five-time winners Bayern Munich play Lyon in the other semi-final on Wednesday.