PSG ease into Champions League final after 3-0 win against Leipzig.
Marquinhos set Thomas Tuchel’s side on their way, heading home Angel Di Maria’s free-kick (13) before Di Maria doubled PSG’s lead three minutes before the break following a mistake by Peter Gulacsi.
Juan Bernat glanced in PSG’s third 11 minutes into the restart from another Di Maria cross while Neymar struck the post twice in a one-sided semi-final.
In the climax to an engrossing fortnight of European football, PSG will face the winners of Bayern Munich’s last four clash with Lyon on Wednesday evening as they seek to mark their 50th anniversary with a first Champions League trophy.
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi (6), Klostermann (6), Upamecano (6), Mukiele (5), Laimer (5), Kampl (5), Sabitzer (5), Angelino (6), Olmo (5), Nkunku (5), Poulsen (6).
Subs: Orban (n/a), Forsberg (6), Adams (n/a), Schick (6), Halstenberg (5).
PSG: Sergio Rico (6), Kehrer (6), Thiago Silva (7), Marquinhos (7), Kimpembe (7), Bernat (7), Ander Herrera (7), Paredes (7), Di Maria (8), Mbappe (7), Neymar (7).
Subs: Verratti (n/a), Choupo-Moting (n/a), Sarabia (n/a), Draxler (n/a).
Man of the match: Angel Di Maria.
How PSG brushed Leipzig aside
On Tuesday, L’Equipe ran the headline ‘Changer de Planete’, encouraging PSG to reach the next level – or ‘go to another world’ – after years of near misses. The response was emphatic.
“We ate them up from minute one,” said the influential Di Maria. “It’s going to be tough to sleep between now and the final. We worked hard all game and we showed we deserve to be here. It doesn’t matter who we face: either Bayern or Lyon, we’ll give our all.”
Tuchel’s men were odds-on favourites in the first of these Franco-German semi-final clashes and they are now just one game away from ending their wait for a first Champions League trophy having become the first Ligue 1 club to reach the final since Monaco in 2004.
The last time PSG reached the Champions League semi-finals in 1995, it was three years before Kylian Mbappe was born and 14 years before RB Leipzig even came into existence – but having left it late to book their place in the final four, this was a far more straightforward night for the nine-time Ligue 1 champions.
They might have been in front as early as the seventh minute when Mbappe, on his return to the starting line-up, set Neymar free of Angelino but his shot with the outside of his boot brushed the post.