Neymar spared embarrassment by two late PSG goals in Champions League quarter-final

Paris Saint-Germain staged a superb comeback by scoring two late goals to beat Atalanta 2-1 and book a spot in the Champions League semi-finals despite an early miss from superstar Neymar.

Atalanta’s superb display looked like dumping PSG out of the competition, but Marquinhos levelled from close range in the final minute before Frenchman Kylian Mbappe set up fellow substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for a stoppage-time winner.

With Mbappe starting on the bench after an ankle injury, the creative burden fell to Brazilian forward Neymar, who shanked a side-footed effort wide in the third minute with only the keeper to beat.

A curling Mario Pasalic goal in the 27th gave Atalanta a lead that the Italian club maintained for most of the game, despite the gulf in finances between the sides — PSG spent more on Neymar and Mbappe than Atalanta had paid for players in total since 2001-02.

Neymar holds his hands to his face after missing a goal for Paris St Germain in the Champions League clash with Atalanta.
Neymar was one-on-one with the Atalanta goalkeeper in the third minute but sprayed his shot wide.(AP: Rafael Marchante)

But PSG’s late show took Thomas Tuchel’s side through to the last four as the weary Atalanta players slumped to the turf in a heartbreaking end to the team’s first Champions League campaign.

More to come.