PSG will be looking to take one step closer to fulfilling their prophecy of winning the UEFA Champions League as they take on an unpredictable RB Leipzig side in the semi-finals. They slotted aside the German club with an emphatic 3-0 win and now need one more win to clinch their first-ever UCL title. The French side began the game in dominant fashion, taking the lead in the 13th minute after Marquinhos’ powered in a strong header from Angel Di Maria’s freekick.
Tuchel’s side refused to shut up shop after that and Di Maria’s relentless pressing caused Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi to make a poor error leading to Argentine scoring from close to make it 2-0 minutes before half-time. The German side began the second-half with more intent, but another silly mistake allowed Di Maria to put in another gorgeous cross for the cheeky Juan Bernat to flick into the net, making it 3-0 in the 56th minute and sealing the tie.
PSG got a ton of more chances to pile more misery on Leipzig, but were unable to capitalize on it. With this win, they’ve qualified for the first-ever UCL final! Now they’re 90 minutes away from lifting that beautiful trophy. How’s their nerve? Looks solid so far, but we’ll see on Sunday!
PSG Player Ratings vs RB Leipzig
Thomas Tuchel (8.0) –
Tuchel gave a humbling lesson to his former protege Nagelsmann by getting his tactics spot on tonight. Made a few questionable choices, playing Paredes and not featuring Icardi at all! But his decision to go with the Mbappe-Neymar-Di Maria front-3 was predictable, but spot on! His side looked well drilled, motivated & most important desperate to win the whole thing as a team – rather than enjoying things as individuals!
He’ll need to keep this splendid run going but for today Tuchel proved how good a job he’s done with PSG, who just toyed with Leipzig and played as an exhilarating unit.
Sergio Rico (6.5) –
With Navas injured, Rico has a big job ahead of him today. He didn’t face too many daunting shots on target, but did make a few decent saves to keep things tight at the back. Rewarded with a clean sheet!
Thilo Kehrer (7.0) –
The young defender is up against a formidable challenge knowing Leipzig’s tendency to move through the left. But he put in a mature performance dealing with the danger. Kehrer ensured that Angelino didn’t get any space to threaten with and successfully nullified Leipzig’s flow through his side. Maintained a strong foothold throughout and helped churn out a valuable clean sheet.
Thiago Silva (8.0) –
The PSG captain looks focused on keeping things tight today, doing well to deny N’Kunku a scoring chance early on. Makes a terrific goal-saving block with his face in the 82nd minute to keep his side’s clean sheet in tact. Silva led with an iron fist at the back, making invaluable clearances and putting his body on the line for great challenges. Maintained a strong defensive shape and made Leipzig’s terrifying attack look no-so-scary.
Presnel Kimpembe (7.0) –
Kimpembe looks a bit nervous due to the occasion, committing to unnecessary challenges and losing positional sense at times early on. But after a nervy first half, Kimpembe was much more reassuring after the break. Helped PSG endure pressure really well and made a few brilliant last-ditch tackles. Will probably need to maintain higher level of concentration & improve his work in the final.
Juan Bernat (7.5) –
The Brazilian doesn’t look the most convincing defending against Leipzig’s electric attacks through his wings. But he proves his attacking wits by cleverly tip-toeing into the box before hitting a powerful header past the goalkeeper for his strike. Bernat’s attacking work was impressive again and worked well with his fellow defenders to maintain a tight defensive line.
Ander Herrera (7.5) –
The willy Spaniard retains his position today and almost got an assist in the 17th after playing Mbappe through, only to see him unable to finish it. Herrera’s relentless pressing is helping PSG win the midfield battle. His brilliant pressing just outside the area caused Mukiele to slip and allowed Di Maria to assist the third.
Herrera was an unrelenting workhorse in midfield today, taking the fight to the Leipzig players with his bullish style. He contributed defensively, made important challenges and helped PSG dominate the midfield battle, chipping in with a superb performance in such a big game.
Marquinhos (7.5) –
The Brazilian makes it 2 in 2 for himself with a brilliant header from Di Maria’s free-kick put his side into the lead. After that, he was a warrior in midfield. Marquinhos was all over midfield and protected his backline superbly, slotting into all the right areas to clear away danger. His aerial ability & hard-hitting style helped counter Leipzig’s style and the Brazilian was instrumental to nullifying the free-flowing, quick passing attacking style today.
Leandro Paredes (6.5) –
Paredes comes on for Idrissa Gueye today but struggled to contain Leipzig’s attacks through the middle in the first half. While his defensive work was questionable, Paredes’ distribution from midfield was admirable, as he got the ball up the field and helped open up spaces for his attackers.
Angel Di Maria (9.5) –
Di Maria’s back with his impeccable set-pieces and sets up the opener beautifully with a pitch-perfect cross for Marquinhos’ goal. Then he makes it 2-0 in the 42nd minute, after his instinctive pressing was rewarded allowing him an easy goal from close. And then he gets ANOTHER assist with a sublime cross for Bernat’s goal. Should’ve gotten another assist after his excellent cross to Mbappe was headed wide in the 69th.
The Argentine wizard churned up a storm tonight, with his every touch turning into magic. He created 7 goal-scoring chances along with his goal+2 assists and in a day where the spotlight was firmly on Mbappe & Neymar, he made it the Angel Di Maria show!
Neymar (8.0) –
Can the irresistible Brazilian prove himself as the worlds best today? Does himself no favor with a poor miss in the 6th after shooting wide from a 1v1 situation with the keeper. But then almost produced something spectacular when his free-kick from almost 40 yards out caught Gulacsi scrambling & hit the post in the 35th! Plays a brilliant flick to outwit Upamecano & set-up Di Maria’s goal on a plate.
But he just can’t seem to score, shooting another attempt inches wide of goal in the 44th. Neymar’s tricky movement and unpredictability is proving to be too hot to handle for Leipzig today. Bit cheeky trying to steal Bernat’s goal but just can’t seem to get one today. Sure he couldn’t get a goal, but Neymar was a nightmare with his overall work. Drew all the fouls, frustrated Leipzig and glided around the field with grace. Looks determined to win the whole thing this time.
Kylian Mbappe (7.0) –
The Frenchman is back bursting with energy and made a brilliant pass to send Neymar through on goal in the 6th. Then scored an easy goal a minute later from a goalkeeping error that should’ve stood. Then slotted past the Leipzig defenders to force a great save off Gulacsi in the 17th. Tormented the defenders with another blazing run in the 44th, setting up a great chance for Neymar to put wide.
He received a couple of great chances to score in the second half, but headed wide and powered one straight at the goalkeeper after the hour-mark. Not as clinical as he is normally today, but his tireless movement troubled Upamecano and disorganized Leipzig’s defence really well.
Julian Draxler (N/R) –
The German midfielder helped trigger a few counter-attacks after coming on late on.
Marco Veratti (N/R) –
Helped PSG see out the game towards the end.
Pablo Sarabia (N/R) –
Put in a few decent crosses from the wide areas.
Eric Choupo-Moting (N/R) –
No goal from the quarter-final match winner today, but he goes again in the final!
MAN OF THE MATCH
Di Maria played at a higher level than anyone else on the pitch. Proves why he’s just as important as Neymar & Mbappe for this PSG team. HIs exceptional performance makes him a deserving MOTM winner.