Leipzig 0-3 Paris: Tuchel's side reach first Champions League final

Paris are into the UEFA Champions League final for the first time after an impressive win against their Bundesliga opponents.

Goals from Marquinhos, Ángel Di María and Juan Bernat earned Paris a comfortable 3-0 win against Leipzig that takes them into the UEFA Champions League final for the first time.

Match in brief

Paris may have wondered if it was to be their night when Neymar toe-poked against a post early on, but there were still only 13 minutes on the clock when Marquinhos met Ángel Di María's free-kick with a firm header to put Thomas Tuchel's side in front.

Neymar was denied by the same upright – this time from an outlandish 40-metre free-kick from wide on the right – before the Ligue 1 outfit did double their lead just prior to the break. Leipzig goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi's pass out of defence was intercepted by Leandro Paredes, who was quick to whip in a cross which Neymar flicked on for Di María to finish.

Di María again turned provider in the second half when he seized on Nordi Mukiele's stumble and delivered for Juan Bernat to squeeze a header past Gulácsi.

Man of the Match: Ángel Di María (Paris)

Roberto Martínez, UEFA Technical Observer: "Lent a different tempo to the Paris attacking play. His left foot brings a great attacking pattern to the team and the chemistry with Neymar and Kylian Mbappé takes Paris to another level from what we saw against Atalanta. The front three were very unselfish with their play and work rate. Two assists and one goal were an immense contribution from Di María for his team."

Chris Burke, Paris reporter

Thoroughly impressive. What else can you say about a Paris performance that did full justice to the team's individual and collective talent? Tuchel's side absolutely dominated all over the pitch, their technique allowing them to keep Leipzig at arm's length and their attacking prowess ensuring chances and goals – even if two of them came from defenders. The French champions never looked ruffled and what a joy it is to see them finally express their potential.

James Thorogood, Leipzig reporter

Considering the manner in which they beat Tottenham and Atlético, it would be easy to forget this is only Leipzig’s second Champions League campaign. A young, up-and-coming side, Julian Nagelsmann's charges deserve praise for reaching the final four – an unprecedented success they will be intent on building upon in future years. Next season, you can be sure other teams will be keen to avoid them in the group stage.


Thomas Tuchel, Paris coach: "Football is for the fans. We do all this together. We can really feel that they're with us and that they have confidence in us. I really hope they can feel that this team is a real team."

Ángel Di María, Man of the Match: "We're very happy. It's a first for the club. 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.

Julian Nagelsmann, Leipzig coach: “We won't be the first team not to stop Neymar and we won't be the last. As a coach you think about the next challenges. There's a lot of positive things we take with us."

Source: UEFA

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