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19.08.2020 Europe

Angel from the realm of glory: Di Maria stars as PSG reach their first Champions League final

By Paul Myers - RFI
REUTERS - POOL
LISTEN AUG 19, 2020
REUTERS - POOL

Angel Di Maria was in majestic form on Tuesday night as Paris Saint- Germain swept into the final of the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday night following a 3-0 victory over RB Leipzig.

Marquinhos, who scored PSG's last gasp equaliser in the dramatic quarter-final victory over Atalanta on 12 August was again on the mark at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

The Brazilian defender headed home Di Maria's free-kick after 13 minutes.

Di Maria doubled the advantage in the one-off semi-final game on the cusp of half-time. Neymar's cute back heel allowed him to slot past the Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

From there it was a question of whether Thomas Tuchel's men could maintain their poise and cruise into PSG's first final in European club football's most prestigious tournament.

The answer was yes ... with munificence from their befuddled opponents. Ten minutes into the second half, Nordi Mukiele slipped near his right hand corner flag as he tried to run out of defence with the ball.

Di Maria picked up the loose ball and crossed to the near post, where Juan Bernat arrived to divert it into the net.

From there, PSG just kept possession as Leipzig pressed desperately  for a way back into the tie.

It did not happen.
PSG will play the German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich or fellow Ligue 1 travellers Lyon in the final on 23 August at the Estadio da Luz.

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