Neymar and Bernat scored a goal to help PSG defeat Dortmund 2-0 in the second leg of the Champions League round of 1/8, thereby going on with a total score of 3-2.
Scoring: Neymar 28 ‘, Bernat 45’ + 1.
Red card: Can 89 ‘.
Covid-19 led PSG to play the second leg at home without an audience. But the four quiet stands did not make them lose the sense of belonging at Parc des Princes. The students Thomas Tuchel entered with a disadvantage of losing 1-2 in the first leg, but scored twice in the first half to reverse the situation.
Playing without the audience does not affect the performance of Neymar in the Champions League. The Brazilian striker headed home to open the scoring from Angel Di Maria’s corner in the 28th minute, in the case of the Dortmund defense completely dropping the PSG star. It was Neymar’s 26th goal at home in Europe’s most prestigious arena.
That goal also changed the game, turning Dortmund from the advantage team to the team that had to score. The visitors could not continue to deepen the defense, as originally planned by coach Lucien Favre. When rising, they had difficulty when PSG separated the trio of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Thorgan Hazard. Only Sancho has the opportunity thanks to the ability to move wide. England players had two shots on goal, but the ball was caught by Keylor Navas.
Like the first leg, Coach Favre emphasized that Dortmund’s defensive performance has a great influence on the outcome of the match. This match, the German team’s defense is much worse than the match three weeks ago. They repeatedly failed as well as exposed many gaps when PSG counterattack. From such a situation, Pablo Sarabia escaped down the right wing, passed the penalty area to defender Juan Bernat to bring the ball to 2-0.
Dortmund need a table to raise hope. But away, their coordination proved to be discrete. Before PSG’s low defense, Dortmund’s finishes in the second half were mainly long shots. The German representative also did not dare to raise the squad too high, for fear of PSG counterattacks through the foot of Kylian Mbappe – who owns dangerous acceleration after coming on the 64th minute.
Lack of people, Dortmund was powerless in five minutes of injury time and accepted to lose 0-2. With PSG, the total score of 3-2 win helped them to reach the quarterfinals for the first time after three consecutive seasons in the eighth round. PSG go to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.