FT: Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Borussia Dortmund, Neymar Goal Helps PSG Progress To Quarter Final On 3-2 Aggregate (Video Highlight)
Paris St-Germain rid themselves of their Champions League curse as they overturned a 2-1 deficit towards Borussia Dortmund inside an empty Parc des Princes to reach the last eight.
Concerns over the coronavirus meant fans have been barred, however many gathered outdoor the stadium and celebrated when Neymar headed PSG into the lead.
Juan Bernat made it 3-2 on aggregate when he turned in Pablo Sarabia’s ball.
Dortmund’s Emre Can saw red late on after two bookings in speedy succession.
PSG’s passage never absolutely seemed in doubt after they took the outright lead towards a Dortmund side that dissatisfied and failed to test Keylor Navas.
The German side’s center of attention will now be on the Bundesliga and closing the four-point gap to leaders Bayern Munich.
Like Valencia’s match in opposition to Atalanta at the Mestalla on Tuesday, this match was contested without the presence of supporters due to the fact of the country’s worries over the unfold of the coronavirus.
However, that edict did not deter lots who gathered outdoor the Parc des Princes – some carrying masks synonymous with the pandemic – chanting and putting off fireworks which had been seen from inside the confines of the stadium.
Dortmund had the benefit of their ‘yellow wall’ of supporters inside their Westfalenstadion three weeks ago, the question was once how would PSG cope with making an attempt to overturn their deficit barring their twelfth man.
Coach Thomas Tuchel had them on the front foot from the kick-off. They managed possession for the first 25 minutes except making Roman Burki work before the Swiss keeper pulled off a amazing save with his foot to turn in the back of Edinson Cavani’s angled strike.
Then came the breakthrough, as Neymar manoeuvered into the six-yard place to meet Angel Di Maria’s peach of a nook with a diving header.
The Brazilian had writhed round in pain the previous three instances he had hit the turf, this time he wheeled away in delight to celebrate with his bench – throwing warning to the wind related to any coronavirus advice.
His eighth goal in 9 Champions League games put PSG beforehand on away goals before they took the outright aggregate lead simply before half-time thanks to Sarabia.
The former Getafe and Sevilla player surged down the right and delivered a low angled ball into the region which was deflected in by Bernat.
France forward Kylian Mbappe, who had not trained with his team-mates for two days due to the fact of a sore throat, was once brought on after the break however made little influence as preserving Dortmund at bay took precedence.
But regardless of conceding extra possession to the visitors their Costa Rican keeper Navas did now not have to stretch to make a save.
There was one sour note for Tuchel’s side after Di Maria picked up a yellow from the bench having got concerned in a late fracas with some Dortmund players.
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