PSG survive Atalanta scare

August 13, 2020
PSG’s Juan Bernat (left) and Atalanta’s Mario Pasalic fight for the ball during the Champions League quarter-final match between Atalanta and Paris Saint-Germain, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, yesterday. PSG won 2-1.
PSG’s Juan Bernat (left) and Atalanta’s Mario Pasalic fight for the ball during the Champions League quarter-final match between Atalanta and Paris Saint-Germain, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, yesterday. PSG won 2-1.
PSG’s Neymar celebrates with teammate Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting after his team’s win in the Champions League quarter-final match between Atalanta and PSG at Luz stadium, Lisbon, Portugal, yesterday. PSG won 2-1.
PSG’s Neymar celebrates with teammate Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting after his team’s win in the Champions League quarter-final match between Atalanta and PSG at Luz stadium, Lisbon, Portugal, yesterday. PSG won 2-1.
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LISBON (AP):

Paris Saint-Germain staged a stoppage-time comeback to beat Atalanta 2-1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 25 years yesterday.

Until Marquinho's 90th-minute goal cancelled out Mario Pasalic's first-half opener for the Serie A side, PSG's night had been blotted by Neymar's succession of misses.

But the French champions didn't even have to play extra time in this single-leg quarter-final as Eric Choupo-Moting netted in the third minute of stoppage time.

It was a painful collapse for Atalanta, ending an improbable journey in their debut Champions League campaign -- in a season when the team's home city of Bergamo had been among the hardest hit regions of Europe from the coronavirus.

The pandemic meant the quarter-finals are not being played home and away as usual, but as single games in neutral Lisbon.

The lack of access to the stadium could not deter Atalanta fans flying from northern Italy to the Portuguese capital.

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