PSG in first Champions League final in history

PSG has reached the champions league final for the first time in their history
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Ernest Sunday

Paris Saint-German trashed RB Leipzig 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League semi-final in Lisbon on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, to reach their first UEFA Champions League final ever in the tournament's history.

This game meant so much for both teams, as none has ever reached the UEFA Champions League final before.

This is also another chance to look at RB Leipzig defender and french international Upemacano, who has been immensely huge at the centre of defence for the club.

It is also another chance to look at Julian Naglesmann, the head coach of RB Leipzig, to once more look at his tactical prowess, a young coach with amazing football philosophy.

Most appealing to PSG and her fans, this time, Kylian Mbappe, a leading attacking force for the french side returned to the lineup for the first time since the ankle injury he sustained in the French League Cup.

PSG's lineup for the game included their full attacking strength, with Mbappe playing through the middle, alonside Neymar JR and Angel Di Maria

When the game started, PSG found it very challenging to balance their game, getting stifled out by the German side. Leipzig made some unsuccessful attempts inside PSG'S 18-yard box including an effort from former player Christopher Nkunku.

Very early in the game, around the 6th minute of play, Paris Saint-German almost took the lead when Neymar's attempt from Mbappe's beautiful through-pass hit the sidebar. It sounded like an early call for the German team, who has been the surprising underdog in this tournament.

The abilities of Kylian Mbappe to play his teammates through such tight angles along with his menacing runs is why he was really needed in this game. RB Leipzig defence has been very solid in all their games in this competition.

Marquinhos gave PSG the lead against Leipzig in the 13th minute when he met a fine free-kick cross from Angel Di Maria

Another opportunity for PSG to take the lead was denied when Mbappe's goal got ruled out as a handball against Neymar who stopped Leipzig's goalkeeper's shoot out with his hand.

PSG took the lead in the 13th minute of the game when Marquinhos met a nice free-kick cross from Angel Di Maria to head past the Leipzig goalkeeper.

The resulting goal brought more balance to the French side, as they began to dictate play and hold more ball possessions.

PSG players celebrates with Marquinhos after scoring the first goal against Leipzig

Mbappe almost made it 2-0 when he skipped his man, this time, Dayot Upemacano with a timed move to meet a fine pass from Marquinhos, but his resulting attempt hit the bar.

At the heart of PSG's defence is their captain, Thiago Silva. He was massive all night, executing well-timed clearances, and winning many aerial duels.

In the 34th minute, PSG were unlucky once again as another Neymar's attempt from a free-kick down the right-hand side of the pitch hit the bar. His choice for the free-kick was quite surprising, everyone expected a cross-in but as subtle as Neymar can be, he went for the goal.

Neymar, who has been immensely great throughout the first half, missed a sitter when he was clearly played through by Mbappe. It was very close but not close enough.

Di Maria made it 2-0 for PSG, slotting in home from his left-foot past the rushing Leipzig goalkeeper, Neymar's flicked pass was very crucial

The Paris club doubled their lead three minutes before the end of the first-half from Angel Di Maria, punishing Leipzig for a loose ball straight down from the middle of the park. Neymar flicked the ball past Dayot Upemecano, leaving it up for Di Maria against the Leipzig goalkeeper.

PSG made it 3-0 to kill the game in the 56th minute when their left-winger Juan Bernat headed another excellent cross from Di Maria into the net.

PSG players celebrate reaching the UEFA Champions League final for the first in the tournament's history

Post Match Interview - PSG vs Leipzig

PSG manager Thomas Tunchel praised his team for their spirit and hard work in the post-match conference saying.

"I was never relaxed, but how we defended was also the most important thing for me. We had a good mix of determination, spirit and quality.

"We stayed faithful to our style of play. When possible, we looked to control the half-spaces and control their counterattacks. And we used the acceleration of Ángel [Di María], Kylian [Mbappé] and Neymar with the ball between the lines.

"We didn't make big tactical changes. Yes, we adapt to all our opponents, but not too much. We have to show our strength, and the players again showed their hunger to win, work together and suffer" (UEFA.com).

PSG winger Angel Di Maria who won the Man of the Match award also praised his teammates and said they are happy and are looking forward to the final.

"We ate them up from minute one – it's going to be tough to sleep between now and the final! We worked hard all game, and we showed we deserve to be here.

"It doesn't matter who we face: either Bayern or Lyon, we'll give our all. We're very happy. It's a first for the club. We worked hard and played a great game.

"We want to make history for the club. We succeeded tonight, and we're in the final – that's very important. We have to continue like tonight to make our dream come true.

Road to the UEFA Champions League Final

PSG will wait for the outcome of the semi-final match between German heavy-weights FC Bayern Munich and another French side FC Lyon. The match will be played today, August 20, 2020. The time for the match between FC Bayern Munich and Lyon FC is 9 pm Central European Time (CET).

Bayern trashed out FC Barcelona, thumping them 8-2 in the quarter-finals of the tournament, while Lyon saw of English Premier League side Manchester City to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

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