Borussia Dortmund beat PSG and is a Champions League finalist for the third time in its history

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Borussia Dortmund defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 this Tuesday in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals (same result as in the first leg) and qualified for the third final in its history in the top European competition.

With a header goal from a corner by veteran centre-back Mats Hummels (50′), the Ruhr team led by Edin Terzic He once again frustrated Parisian hopes and will fight on June 1 at Wembley to win his second ‘Orejona’ against a rival that will emerge from Wednesday’s duel between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich (2-2 at the Allianz Arena).

PSG, for its part, with a Kylian Mbappé who was once again not decisivewake up from the dream of the triplet and He must continue trying to win the long-awaited Champions League next season. Presumably it was the French international striker’s last Champions League game with his current team.

He Parque de los Príncipes was incandescent and dressed for the occasion with their best clothes, with a previous tribute by the fans to former Argentine PSG player Javier Pastore, and tifos with the image of the trophy and the entire Parisian squad surrounded by the laurels of victory. Luis Enrique’s men were not up to the stage and they showed more will than success.

This was the match

With Bradley Barcola out of the eleven and a clear forward like the Portuguese Gonçalo Ramos, who moved Kylian Mbappé to the left side, PSG commanded possession, but the best chances were Germansuch as a half-volley by Norwegian defender Julian Ryerson that crashed into the outside of the net (19′), or a counterattack starring Karim Adeyemi, whose shot with everything in its favor was met with a providential hand from the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma (35′).

Long shots from Vitinha (27′, 42′) and Fabián Ruiz (45′) went wide, were deflected by the German defense or They did not pose problems for a confident Gregor Kobel between the sticks.

While, Mbappé, generous perhaps to the point of excess, He seemed more dangerous in the pass than in the shot. From his boots came the play that concluded with a powerful but deflected shot from Dembele after half an hour.

The locals had 45 minutes left to score two goals, but despite returning from the locker room with one more march – with a shot off the post by Warren Zaïre-Emery -, They soon found themselves with the cold water of Hummels’ goaltoo isolated at the far post to finish off the center from Julian Brandt’s corner.

Portuguese full-back Nuno Mendes also sent the ball to the post (61′), as had already happened in the first leg at Signal Iduna Park in attempts by Mbappé and Marquinhos.

PSG, already unleashed towards the opposite goal, multiplied the chanceswith a shot against the crossbar by Mbappé from the heart of the area (86′), but the German yellow wall was too thick for a PSG that was not lucky.

Dortmund returns to the Champions League final for the first time since 2013when, in a match also played at Wembley, the team then led by Jurgen Klopp fell to Bayern. Hummels played that gameand eleven years later, he became the team’s hero in Paris.

“This is indescribable”: Marco Reus

The midfielder, who was also in the 2013 final, declared after the match: “This is indescribable! What a week for me personally! I will end up here playing in the Champions League final, where it all started with the 2013 final. More than ten years later, to be in the final again with Borussia Dortmund is great!

Regarding the suffering series they faced, he commented that “in the future they will not ask us how we did it, Borussia Dortmund’s name will remain in the Wembley final. “We have always responded in the Champions League.”

For his part, Marquinhos, PSG captain, commented that “we lacked effectiveness. They have scored two goals, one from a corner and the other from a through ball. [en el partido de ida], on something we had worked on. They are small details. We had to defend well. We have generated more chances than them, but they have been more effective in both games.”

The Brazilian highlighted positive aspects. “We can extract a lot of good things from this competition. We have overcome many obstacles and have reached the semi-finals. At the beginning of the season, no one believed in us. “We had a new project, with a new coach.”

 
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