Leipzig got their first goal against Paris early on. The team of trainer Julian Nagelsmann feared the next defeat. But a penalty for PSG, of all things, set the turning point in a spectacular game.
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In the absence of the magical duo of Neymar / Kylian Mbappé, RB Leipzig returned the favor at Paris St. Germain and headed for the knockout round in the premier class. The team of coach Julian Nagelsmann won the new edition of the semi-finals of the previous season against the French champions of the series 2-1 (1: 1), the pressure in the return game in three weeks is now clearly on PSG.
Julian Nagelsmann (left) and Thomas Tuchel before the Champions League match. (Source: Jan Woitas / dpa)
Di Maria meets early
78 days earlier, Paris had taught the Bundesliga club a lesson with coach Thomas Tuchel at 3-0, ending the dream of the Champions League final. This time, the injured Neymar and Mbappé were missing – yet Leipzig initially had problems. Angel Di Maria scored the opening goal for PSG in the sixth minute, which Dayot Upamecano had started with a chilling back pass.
Just ten minutes later, the brash head of Leipzig defended a hand penalty, which Peter Gulacsi parried against Di Maria. The PSG trained Christopher Nkunku (42nd) and Emil Forsberg (57th / penalty) turned the game in favor of Leipzig, which had recently lost twice in a row. PSG professional Idrissa Gueye saw the yellow-red card in the 69th minute after repeated foul play, as did Presnel Kimpembe (90 + 3).
Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in parade: The Hungarian also defused a penalty. (Source: Michael Sohn / AP / dpa)
Leipzig started with a starting eleven that was changed to five positions, but Nagelsmann did without a striker. RB’s coach relied on skillful technicians like Forsberg and Dani Olmo and announced that his players would act “with a knife between their teeth.” But initially there was little to see.
PSG was initially the better team with the clearer chances. In particular attacker Moise Kean, who was allowed to appear because of the injuries to Neymar and Mbappé, caused problems with the RB defense. Kean put down Di Maria’s opening goal and took the penalty. Even Gulacsi’s penalty kick did not act as a wake-up call for RB, which acted too incorrectly both offensively and defensively and too often allowed the guts to be bought in the duel against the defrauded Parisians.
PSG scored two offside goals before half time and actually didn’t allow anything – until the 42nd minute. After a cross from Angelino, Nkunku met the equalizer from 20 meters, which was flattering until then. Shortly before half time, Olmo even got the chance to make it 2-1.
Tuchel causes confusion in advance
After the break, Leipzig came out of the cab with more speed. Forsberg (53rd) initially failed with a left shot, but the Swede was more foolproof when it came to the hand penalty RB received on video evidence. The lead gave the home team a clear tailwind, while Paris was noticeably restless.
Tuchel had caused a stir in the run-up to the game when he was extremely skeptical about the extension of his expiring contract. You should ‘not dream if you are constantly under attack’, said the 47-year-old: ‘For a while I had the naive vision that after four titles and a Champions League final the coach would not be in the line of fire for a while. would hold up – it took five days. “
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