Paris Saint-Germain produced probably the most breathless comebacks to stun Atalanta within the closing 5 minutes of their Champions League quarter-final.
Former Stoke City winger Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting proved to be the hero of the evening in Lisbon as he got here off the bench to fully change the course of the sport.
Choupo-Moting crossed for Neymar to seek out Marquinhos with simply 15 seconds of regular time remaining, and he tapped in from simply six yards out to stage the tie after Atalanta’s first-half opener.
The Serie A facet had led from the 26th minute onwards after Chelsea reject Mario Pasalic curled a lovely effort previous Keylor Navas to provide the Italians a deserved lead.
After Neymar and substitute Kylian Mbappe had tried desperately to interrupt down Atalanta, it was the previous Stoke man who produced the second of magic to interrupt Atalanta hearts.
Neymar discovered Mbappe contained in the field with a depraved by way of ball which turned the full-back inside out and the France worldwide discovered Choupo-Moting from simply three yards out.
For the primary time in 26 years, PSG are within the semi-final of Europe’s elite competitors and the trophy they crave so desperately is inside in attain. They are going to face the winners of RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid, with that match scheduled for Thursday evening.
But credit score should go to Atalanta for an unimaginable run to the quarter-finals, which included three defeats within the group phases, and for his or her courageous efficiency over the previous 11 months.
Neymar’s contact in entrance of aim continued to elude him as Sportiello comfortably fielded his curling 35th-minute free-kick earlier than the Brazilian sliced woefully broad because the half-time whistle approached.
PSG upped the tempo on their return to stretch their opponents, who picked up a rash of yellow playing cards as they labored to maintain them out, with Marten De Roon’s piledriver, which flew broad from distance, and Berat Djimsiti’s snapshot uncommon moments of aid.
Kylian Mbappe’s arrival instead on the hour gave PSG contemporary impetus, and he pressured an important 74th-minute save from Sportiello after being performed in down the left by fellow newcomer Leandro Paredes earlier than being denied by Jose Palomino’s well timed block.
Nevertheless, it was Marquinhos who pressured house a 90th-minute equaliser with the assistance of a contact from Mattia Caldara’s boot to set the stage for a grandstand end.
The clock had ticked into the third of 5 minutes of stoppage time when Neymar and Mbappe mixed fantastically to permit Choupo-Moting to fireplace house the winner and deal Atalanta the cruellest of blows.