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Dramatic victory of PSG

In PSG's dramatic win, substitute Eric Chopo Moting scored the winning goal in injury time. Atlanta, which made its Champions League debut, was forced to deliver an unexpected result.
Paris St Germain’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Neymar celebrate after the match against Atalanta | Reuters

KATHMANDU:- With one minute left in the allotted time, Atlanta could not maintain its lead in the remaining time and the journey to the last four came to a complete halt. Croatia midfielder Mario Pasalic scored in the 27th minute for Atlanta to give his side a 1-0 lead. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting , who came on as a substitute to give PSG a dramatic victory, scored the winning goal in injury time. Earlier, Marquinhos equalized in the last minute of the game with a goal from Neymar’s pass.

In the first half of the game, which was played without spectators, the French league winner PSG was under pressure. With Kylian Mbappé entering the field in the second half, the excellent performances of Mbappe and Neymar for PSG, who had collected the ball position, led to a dramatic victory in the game against Atlanta. PSG have reached the last four of the Champions League for the first time since 1995 after a hard-fought victory. PSG will compete with the winner of the match between Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig for the final entry.

PSG has entered the semi-finals for the first time after 10 years of investment by the Qatar owner. Debuting in the Champions League, Atlanta was forced to give up an unexpected result. Atlanta’s goal of rejoicing in the Italian city of Bergamo, which has lost a large number of lives due to the worldwide outbreak of the corona virus (Covid-19), has not been achieved. Bergamo is the worst-hit area in Italy, where a health emergency has been declared.

However, coach Gian Piero Gasperini’s success in making the trip to the last eight has been praised by all. Under his tutelage, Atlanta scored eight goals in the first season of the Champions League, extending their journey to the last eight, beating an experienced team like Valencia. Atlanta finished third in Italy’s top division league, Serie A.

PSG’s Moting responded that he was successful when he entered the field with the promise of avoiding defeat.

“I entered the field with the determination to win. The win was a valuable experience, “said Moting, who signed another two-month deal with PSG after his contract expired in June. I succeeded in do and die. ‘

Similarly, Brazilian striker Neymar said that he is confident that he will not return from defeat. “I had no intention of coming back from defeat,” said striker Neymar. The goal is to reach the final. No one can stop the goal. ‘
Gasparini, the coach of Atlanta, said that he gained experience from the results of the near victory.

“I am very sorry. We couldn’t stop the game for just a few minutes, ’he said,‘ I was able to get satisfaction from the experience but it’s sad to lose from nearly wining. We see the success of the Champions League journey as the team’s progress. ‘

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