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PSG defeats Leipzig and reaches UCL Final

After 110 Champions League games, the French powerhouse has made it to the final of Europe’s top club competition.

No other club has had to wait longer before reaching the final. Arsenal held the previous record, going 90 matches from 1971 to 2006 before being able to play for the title.

And there was no need for late drama for PSG this time as Ángel Di María scored a goal and set up two more for Marquinhos and Juan Bernat in a comfortable 3-0 win over Leipzig in the semi-finals. PSG had needed two late goals to come back versus Atalanta in the quarter-finals last week.

“We’re very happy. It’s a first for the club,” Di María said.

“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.”

PSG is the first French league club to reach the Champions League final since Monaco in 2004, and can become the second French team to attain the title after Marseille in 1993.

They will face either five-time champions Bayern Munich or fellow French club Lyon, who meet on Thursday morning (AEST) in the other semi-final of the mini-tournament being played in Lisbon because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Neymar, who helped set up one of the goals with a neat backheel flick inside the area, is also a step closer to fulfilling his goal of winning the Champions League away from former club Barcelona.

He and his teammates celebrated at midfield after the match, chanting and dancing for a few moments. Back home, PSG supporters poured onto the Champs-Elysees, the traditional site for triumph celebrations, lighting it up with hurrahs and smoke torches.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex praised the team on Twitter, citing PSG’s “experience, talent and team spirit” for the victory.

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