Paris St-Germain (PSG) reached their first ever UEFA Champions League final with a 3-0 win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday.The Parisians had a smooth ride over RB Leipzig at the Estadio da Luz with brilliant efforts from Angel Di Maria .
Goals from Marquinhos 13’ and Di Maria 42’ put Psg upfront in the first half with Juan Bernat adding the third in the 56th minute for what was an emphatic victory at the Estadio da Luz.
Thomas Tuchel added Kylian Mbappe to the line-up after fully recovering from his ankle injury with preferred Brazilian Neymar and Di Maria in the attack.
Right from the outset, PSG looked a threat to the Leipzig defence with Neymar clipping the post after he was slipped in by Mbappe in the sixth minute.Seven minutes later though, PSG had the lead.
Neymar and Di Maria lined up to take a free kick on the left and it was the Argentine who floated in a lovely cross which was nodded home by Marquinhos.
Former Real Madrid and Manchester United winger Di Maria was in fine form, constantly probing, while Neymar created from deep and Mbappe pushed on to the last defender looking to use his pace.
The Germans were struggling but did threaten in the 25th minute, when Konrad Laimer burst down the right and found forward Yussuf Poulsen whose shot was just off target.
Neymar then went close with an audacious free-kick from deep and wide on the right, after the former FC Barcelona man went for Peter Gulacsi’s near post and struck it as the Hungarian goalkeeper scrambled.
It was a poor clearance from the goalkeeper which led to PSG’s second.
Leandro Paredes collected the ball and then found Neymar who cleverly flicked it with the back of his heel into the path of Di Maria who made no mistake.
Leipzig’s 33-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann needed to find some way to shift the momentum of the game, and he made two changes at the break.
But after a bright start, PSG put the outcome beyond doubt.
Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele slipped while attempting to clear, allowing Di Maria to cross the ball back in to the box and Bernat’s glancing header floated into the far corner.
Mbappe forced a good save out of Gulacsi as PSG pushed for a fourth while PSG goalkeeper Sergio Rico had his hands warmed by a fierce drive from fellow Spaniard Angelino.
The French club have played 110 games in the competition —— the most played by a side before reaching their first final, overtaking Arsenal’s record of 90 between 1971 and 2006.
PSG’s only other appearances in the final of a European competition came with their UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup victory in 1996 and their runners-up spot in the following season.
Olympique Marseille are the only French team to win the European Cup, triumphing over AC Milan in 1993