Neymar, Bernat fire PSG into Champions League quarter-finals | Dailytrust

Neymar, Bernat fire PSG into Champions League quarter-finals


Neymar and Juan Bernat scored to send Paris Saint-Germain into the quarter-finals of the Champions League last night at the Parc des Princes.

The home side, who played without any fan in the stadium, did not let a lack of support derail their performance as they ensured a 3-2 aggregate win en route to the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Wednesday’s clash at Parc des Princes was played behind closed doors amid fears over the spread of coronavirus.

The 2-0 win, which helped PSG to overturn a 2-1 opening-leg deficit, powered the French side to the last eight for the first time since 2016.

Neymar got Thomas Tuchel’s side started in the 28th minute, capping an impressive display with a diving header from point-blank range, before Juan Bernat doubled PSG’s tally.

And with Dortmund toiling to claw their way back into proceedings, their frustrations were compounded in the closing stages when Emre Can saw red for becoming embroiled in an off-field scuffle.

With thousands of fans making their voices heard outside Parc des Princes, it was Dortmund who went close to a breakthrough against the run of play as Erling Haaland was inches away from connecting with Achraf Hakimi’s cross.

It was PSG’s turn to rue a glorious chance in the 25th minute when Edinson Cavani went through on goal only for Roman Burki to make a superb save with his right foot.

But Burki was beaten three minutes later, Neymar left unmarked in the six-yard box to head in from Angel Di Maria’s corner.

Jadon Sancho tested Keylor Navas as Dortmund looked to respond, yet PSG turned the tie further in their favour on the stroke of half-time when Bernat diverted home.

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