Paris St Germain reached their first ever Champions League final with a convincing 3-0 win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday, finally delivering the reward of the biggest game in European football for their Qatari backers.Goals from Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria put PSG 2-0 up at the interval and Juan Bernat added the third in the 56th minute for what was a comfortable victory at the Estadio da Luz.The French club, celebrating the 50th anniversary of their founding in 1970, will meet the winner of Wednesday’s other semi between Bayern Munich and Olympique Lyonnais after ending what some felt was a mental block in the knockout stages. With French World Cup winning forward Kylian Mbappe back in the starting line-up after fully recovering from his ankle injury, Tuchel was able to field his preferred attacking trident with Brazilian Neymar and Di Maria.Right from the outset, PSG looked a threat to the Leipzig defense 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 Yussuf Poulsen but the forward’s shot was just off target.Neymar then went close with an audacious free kick from deep and wide on the right, the former Barcelona man going for Peter Gulacsi’s near post and striking the post as the Hungarian keeper scrambled.It was a poor clearance from the keeper 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.Beyond doubtLeipzig’s 33-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann needed to find some way to shift the momentum of the game and 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 keeper Sergio Rico had his hands warmed by a fierce drive from fellow Spaniard Angelino.”After the second goal, the belief of our players went down a little bit,” said Nagelsmann.”That’s normal. It’s not that easy right now to think about the good season we’ve had in the Champions League but in one week it will be ok. We know that it was a good season for a young team and we will try to do it again next season,” he said.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 1971-2006.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. PSG have gone out in the last 16 for the past three years, but they proved a step too far for Leipzig, who were playing in the regional leagues just 11 years ago.The Germans, financed by the Red Bull energy drink company, have outperformed all expectations by reaching the last four, knocking out Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid en route.”We showed quality and determination. A good mix. We deserved to win,” said Tuchel, who had faced a heavy expectation to deliver in Europe this season.”I felt the pressure, it was not easy. I have players who are used to playing with this pressure, who like this pressure and these decisive matches.” Topics :
New Delhi: In the press conference before the Indian cricket team departed for their two-month long tour to Australia, skipper Virat Kohli said something interesting regarding sledging. Kohli said India would reciprocate in a certain way if Australia started their tactic of sledging but he is alright in playing in an environment where there is no hostility. Contests involving India and Australia have involved intense sledging battles in the last couple of series, most notably from 2008 which witnessed the infamous ‘Monkeygate’ affair involving Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh in the Sydney Test. The 2014/15 series also involved a couple of tense affairs.Read More | Lower order batting contributions key for success in Australia: Kohli“When it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field, I have been completely okay playing without an altercation. I have enough belief in my abilities. Those were very immature things I used to feed on when I was younger. We were always the one giving it back, we never started this thing. If it does not start, we are happy to focus on our game. If they are playing in a certain way, we will reciprocate in that way. In our minds, we must be competitive and not let our energies drop,” Kohli had said.Read More | Kapil’s bravery, a Jumbo haul and Agarkar’s historic feat in AustraliaHowever, the statement has not found enough traction in the Australian media, with several media outlets taking a dig at Kohli for the statement. Mitchell Johnson, the former Australia pacer who retired from international cricket in November 2015, took a sly dig at Kohli. The left-arm pacer responded to a story put out by Fox Sports Australia and stated, “I look forward to no Virat send-offs.” 🤣 I look forward to no Virat send offs 🤥— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) November 15, 2018Intense Johnson-Kohli rivalryJohnson and Kohli had a few incidents during the 2014/15 series which Australia won 2-0. In the Adelaide Test, Johnson hit Kohli on the badge of his helmet with a bouncer, but the Indian skipper recovered to smash centuries in both innings of the Test. In the Melbourne Test, Johnson flung a ball at Kohli which hit him on the leg and that set off a chain of events where the batsman was indulged in a verbal duel with Johnson.Read More | Kohli on sledging vs Australia: We gave it back, never started itFollowing the end of the Test series, India and Australia squared off in the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup where the left-arm pacer had the last laugh. In the knock-out clash in Sydney, Kohli (1) top-edged a pull shot off Johnson to be caught by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.India will begin their tour of Australia with three Twenty20 Internationals, followed by four Tests and three ODIs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.