Neymar steps up again as PSG waltz into first-ever Champions League final with victory over RB Leipzig

Neymar again pulled the strings as Paris Saint-Germain booked a place in the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history with a 3-0 victory against RB Leipzig in Lisbon.

After needing a late, late comeback to see off Atalanta in the last round, it was a much more comfortable night for the French champions at the Estadio da Luz as they cruised to victory against a flat Leipzig team thanks to first-half goals from Marquinhos and the excellent Angel Di Maria, and a second-half finish from Juan Bernat.

Despite spurning chances of his own, Brazilian star Neymar was excellent throughout, serving as the spark for the PSG attack alongside the returning Kylian Mbappe and the excellent Di Maria.  

Di Maria and Neymar celebrate their team’s second goal in Lisbon. © Reuters

Nine years after their wealthy Qatari owners rolled into Paris – and hundreds of billions of euros of investment later – PSG are finally within touching distance of a title which has thus far eluded them despite an almost embarrassing degree of domestic dominance during that period.

For Leipzig – the club controversially set up by energy drinks giant Red Bull just 11 years ago – it was a disappointing night as the team coached by the highly-rated Julian Nagelsmann fell flat on the biggest occasion in their own short history.