One of Europe’s biggest spenders, but also one of the continent’s most high-profile underachievers on the grandest stage, PSG finally seized their opportunity courtesy of goals from Marquinhos, Angel di Maria and Juan Bernat.
It will now face the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Bayern Munich and Olympique Lyonnais at Lisbon’s da Luz stadium on Sunday.
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The French champion, which also twice hit the woodwork in the first half, took a deserved lead in the 13th minute when Argentine Di Maria, back from suspension, whipped in a free kick for Marquinhos to get in front of the entire Leipzig defence and head in.
Di Maria, playing his best season in Paris, then turned scorer after a sloppy clearance from Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi and a fine backheel assist from Neymar.
Big-spending PSG, whose most recent European final of any kind dates back to 1997 when it lost to Barcelona in the Cup Winners’ Cup, made sure of its spot with Juan Bernat’s glancing header in the 56th minute from another Di Maria cross.
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The vast sums of money pumped into the French club by owners Qatar Sports Investments since 2011 has enabled them to dominate domestically. In Europe, though, not so much.
In the three seasons prior to this one they exited in the last 16, and before that they went out in the quarter-finals four years in a row – results that ultimately cost managers Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery their jobs.
Thomas Tuchel, though, has found a way to break the glass ceiling, leading the side from the French capital to their first major European final since the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1997, a year before Mbappe was born.
Only one French club -Marseille — has won the Champions League, but PSG are now just 90 minutes away from emulating their great rivals and doing it themselves.