Since completing a late comeback against Atalanta on Wednesday, PSG created yet another unforgettable moment in the rich history of the UEFA Champions League.
The French champion pulled 1-0 as the clock ticked for 90 minutes, but two late goals from Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting flipped the game on his head.
It was a heartbreak for the competition loser Atalanta, who was playing for the first time in their history in the Champions League.
The first-half goal of Mario Pasalic appeared to be enough, but after a three-minute storm, his men were left crestfallen when the referee blew the final whistle.
Cinderella run by the club, had raised morale in its home town of Bergamo, which in February became the epicenter of the Covid-19 epidemic.
PSG has better quality
With the gap between the two clubs high, PSG was a clear favorite ahead of the match. Record signing by Atalanta, Luis Muriel, cost an estimated $21 million while record signing by PSG, Neymar, cost almost 12.5 times as much.
For most of the night, however, the far superior side on paper was wasteful with Neymar missing two gold-edge chances in the first half when it looked more difficult to miss.
The squad, brimming with potential following Kylian Mbappe ‘s arrival in the second half, had appeared to have run out of creativity before scoring late on.
“It wasn’t easy. Neymar had a perfect game,” Choupo-Moting the match winner told BT Sport after the game.
“When I arrived ‘we can’t lose, we can’t go home like this’ I thought. I was trusting in myself and the squad.”
Mbappe’s French sensation had begun the game on the bench as he continued to rebound from injury but his influence was crucial in the second half.
The 21-year-old introduced pace into the assault on his foot — a terrifying threat for the tiring legs of Atalanta.
Both Neymar and he provided the assists for the last-minute goals that sent PSG to their first semifinal in the Champions League in 25 years.