This handout taken and launched by the UEFA on March 11, 2020, exhibits Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian ahead Neymar (L) celebrating after scoring a purpose in the course of the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 second leg soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Borussia Dortmund on the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
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Paris Saint-Germain shrugged off having to play in an empty stadium as Neymar set the French membership on their option to a 2-Zero win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday that took them into the Champions League quarter-finals Three-2 on combination.
PSG got here into the sport on the Parc des Princes needing to overturn a 2-1 defeat within the first leg of their last-16 tie in Germany, however Neymar’s 28th-minute header put them forward on the night time within the second leg amid a surreal environment, as banned supporters gathered exterior the bottom as a substitute.
Juan Bernat then deflected in a Pablo Sarabia help to make it 2-Zero and PSG — for whom Kylian Mbappe was solely match sufficient to look as an alternative — undergo to the quarter-finals for the primary time since 2016.
The victory breaks a run of three straight exits within the first knockout spherical of the competitors, by the hands of Barcelona, Actual Madrid and Manchester United.
Certainly Dortmund are simply the fourth group PSG have defeated in a Champions League knockout tie because the Qatari takeover in 2011, following wins towards Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea, the latter on two events.
Nevertheless, their opponents had been disappointing, with Erling Braut Haaland by no means trying like repeating his first-leg heroics when he netted twice. They completed the sport with 10 males as Emre Can was despatched off late on.
This was one in every of a number of Champions League matches this week and subsequent being performed out in an empty stadium after authorities banned followers from attending because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Fireworks Exterior Floor
Nevertheless, PSG followers nonetheless congregated in important numbers exterior the stadium regardless of the French authorities banning all gatherings of greater than 1,000 individuals.
These supporters brandished flares because the group bus arrived earlier than the sport and sang and set off fireworks all through the match.
Mbappe was solely named among the many substitutes after combating sickness and even present process a check for coronavirus within the build-up to the sport.
The France striker missed two coaching classes this week with a sore throat and a fever. His check for COVID-19 got here up adverse.
His absence from the beginning line-up was simply the most recent blow for coach Thomas Tuchel, who was additionally with out the suspended Marco Verratti and injured centre-back Thiago Silva.
That meant Edinson Cavani and Pablo Sarabia began via the center of the assault, whereas Argentine worldwide Leandro Paredes was chosen in midfield.
Cavani was denied the opener within the 25th minute when Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki stretched out a leg to tip his shot across the submit.
The opening purpose adopted quickly after, with Angel Di Maria swinging in a nook from the best and Neymar stealing in entrance of his marker to stoop and head in from shut vary.
The PSG supporters exterior the bottom responded to the Brazilian’s second purpose within the tie by exploding extra fireworks in celebration.
Jadon Sancho and Thorgan Hazard tried their luck from exterior the realm for Dortmund however PSG scored once more in first-half stoppage time.
This time Di Maria laid the ball out to Sarabia on the best aspect of the field, and his low pushed ball was diverted into the far nook by Bernat.
Di Maria almost scored one other within the second half from a free-kick earlier than Mbappe got here on with slightly below half an hour remaining.
Dortmund had been just one purpose away from forcing additional time however not often troubled Keylor Navas within the residence purpose and Can noticed a straight purple card with a minute left for throwing Neymar to the bottom.
The Brazilian was additionally booked following that incident together with Di Maria, now watching from the dugout and who will miss the quarter-final first leg in consequence.