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Neymar leads PSG into Champions League quarters

AFP
Published Mar 12, 2020, 3:26 pm IST
Updated Mar 12, 2020, 3:26 pm IST
Neymar and Juan Bernat score as Kylian Mbappe was fit enough to appear only as a substitute
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (C) and teammate Kylian Mbappe (R) celebrate with supporters outside the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, on Wednesday, after winning the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Borussia Dortmund held behind closed doors. AFP Photo
 Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (C) and teammate Kylian Mbappe (R) celebrate with supporters outside the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, on Wednesday, after winning the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Borussia Dortmund held behind closed doors. AFP Photo

Paris: Paris Saint-Germain players celebrated with supporters gathered outside the ground after Neymar set them on their way to a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund behind closed doors on Wednesday, taking them through to the Champions League quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

PSG needed to overturn a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Germany, but Neymar's 28th-minute header put them ahead on the night in the second leg amid a surreal atmosphere, as banned supporters congregated outside the Parc des Princes instead.

 

Juan Bernat then deflected in a Pablo Sarabia assist to make it 2-0 and PSG -- for whom Kylian Mbappe was only fit enough to appear as a substitute -- go through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2016. Dortmund finished the night with 10 men after Emre Can was sent off.

Neymar was caught on camera in tears after the match, having shaken off desperate disappointment in the competition in the last two years, with injury preventing him from playing in the second leg against Real Madrid at this stage in 2018 and in both legs against Manchester United last season.

 

Dortmund were disappointing, though, with Erling Braut Haaland never looking like repeating his first-leg heroics when he netted twice.

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