And on the Al-Nour Stadium in the Portuguese capital Lisbon, the stars of Saint-Germain glowed, and they led the French League champions to the final of the tournament for the first time in its history in search of the title that only one French team won, Olympique de Marseille in 1993.
Saint-Germain scored his first goal in the 13th minute from a direct free kick by Angel Di Maria, and Brazilian defender Marquinhos headed it past Leipzig.
Di Maria added the second goal in the 43rd minute from a decisive pass with a magic touch from Brazilian star Neymar, after a serious mistake from Leipzig goalkeeper Golaxi, invested by the Parisian team.
We're staying in Lisbon!
A magnificent semi-final 😍
See you Sunday @ChampionsLeague!
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 18, 2020
The first half witnessed several serious attacks by Saint Germain, including two attacks in the 6 and 7 minutes, the first pass by Mbappe that Neymar was alone in with the goal, but he shot it next to the left post, and the second resulted in a goal by Lambabi that the referee canceled due to a handball on Neymar.
In the 35th minute, in the midst of relative calm, Neymar surprised everyone by shooting a free kick from the right side directly into the goal instead of passing it by cross as expected, but it passed directly next to the left post.
Amid Leipzig’s attempts to reduce the score, Saint-Germain led several successive attacks that resulted in the third goal in the 56th minute, with Juan Bernat’s header around him from the cross of the brilliant Di Maria as well.
The third goal shocked the Leipzig team, and the match turned for about a quarter of an hour into mutual passes between the St Germain players until Leipzig woke up and began threatening Rico’s goal in the hope of diminishing the score, but his attacks were destroyed at the threshold of the rigidity of the Parisian team’s defense.
And St. Germain will face the winner of the other semi-final match on Wednesday between Lyon of France and Bayern Munich in the final match of the tournament, which will be held next Sunday at Al-Nour Stadium.