Angel Di Maria fires PSG past RB Leipzig and into Champions League final

Angel Di Maria fires PSG past RB Leipzig and into Champions League final


Paris Saint-Germain defeated RB Leipzig to reach the Champions League final (Picture: Getty)

Angel Di Maria scored and made two assists as Paris Saint-Germain thumped RB Leipzig 3-0 to progress to their first Champions League final.

The former Manchester United player set up Marquinhos’ early opener in Lisbon on Tuesday evening, before teaming up with Neymar to double PSG’s lead before half-time.

Leipzig, playing in their first Champions League semi-final in their 11-year existence, improved after the break but any hopes of a comeback were ended when Juan Bernat headed home from another Di Maria cross.

PSG will face either Bayern Munich or Lyon in Sunday’s Champions League final, with the German and French clubs meeting in Wednesday’s other semi-final tie.

PSG produced an impressive performance in the semi-final in Lisbon (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel’s side dominated from the outset, with Neymar striking the post after just six minutes and Marquinhos heading the French side ahead shortly after.

Leipzig, who finished third in the Bundesliga this season, had their best chance of the evening midway through the first half, with Yussuf Poulsen finding space inside the box but only able to divert a cross wide.

Neymar, without a goal in three matches, struck the post for the second time from a speculative free-kick, before PSG breached the Leipzig defence again.

A mistake from goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi culminated in Neymar teeing up Di Maria with a stunning flick and the Argentina forward calmly slotted into the bottom corner.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will face Bayern Munich or Lyon in Sunday’s final (Picture: Getty)

Leipzig briefly threatened to mount a comeback after a change in system at half-time but PSG put the game to bed courtesy of a Bernat header, Di Maria once again providing the assist.

It could have been even better for PSG – Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both wasted chances late on – but progression to the final was never in doubt and the French champions will now be confident of securing their first Champions League title.

Standing in PSG’s way are German heavyweights Bayern Munich, who thrashed Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-finals, and fellow French club Lyon, who produced a shock to knock out Manchester City.

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