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Sport PSG, Chelsea make Champions League semis

01:51  14 april  2021
01:51  14 april  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

Sportsmail's experts have their say on the Champions League

  Sportsmail's experts have their say on the Champions League Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea are flying the flag for the Premier League while Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid remain strong contenders for the top prize this season.Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are flying the flag for the Premier League, while heavyweights Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid remain strong contenders for the top prize.

Champions League quarter-finals: Chelsea into semis , PSG knock out holders Bayern. 170,733170,733. viewing this page. PSG 0-1 Bayern (agg 3-3, PSG would go through on away goals). PSG are playing like a team that are 4-0 up, not fighting for their Champions League future. All the tricks and flicks are coming out of the bag, first from Angel di Maria, and then from Neymar again. It's great to watch, but must be making Mauricio Pochettino a bit nervous on the touchline.

Champions League quarter-finals: Chelsea into semis , PSG knock out holders Bayern. Result: Chelsea 0-1 Porto (2-1 agg) - listen on BBC Radio 5 Live and this page. Chelsea will face Liverpool or Real Madrid in semi -finals. Result: PSG 0-1 Bayern Munich (3-3 agg) - Choupo-Moting scores. PSG advance on away goals - holders knocked out. PSG will face Man City or Borussia Dortmund in last four.

Paris Saint-Germain lost 1-0 at home against Bayern Munich in a pulsating second leg encounter but still dumped the title holders out of the Champions League quarter-finals.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: PSG players celebrate eliminating holders Bayern Munich from this season's Champions League. © EPA PHOTO PSG players celebrate eliminating holders Bayern Munich from this season's Champions League.

Former PSG striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting headed home for the Germans in the 40th minute at Parc de Princes but it wasn't enough for the champions, who lost out on away goals after the tie finished 3-3 on aggregate.

In Tuesday's other quarter-final, Chelsea also lost 1-0 against Porto in neutral Spain after Mehdi Taremi's late bicycle kick, but they too progressed to the semis, going through 2-1 overall.

Pochettino and PSG have revenge in mind ahead of Bayern Munich clash

  Pochettino and PSG have revenge in mind ahead of Bayern Munich clash On Wednesday night PSG take on Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in a repeat of last year's final when the German side triumphed 1-0 in Lisbon thanks to a Kingsley Coman strike. Having passed his first acid test in seeing off a disjointed Barcelona 5-2 on aggregate in the last-16, Pochettino will know he faces a much tougher assignment in the first leg of the quarter-final against the German champions. While nobody is expecting PSG to waltz into Munich and take an easy win, neither should PSG be considered as underdogs ahead of the tie.

Chelsea have actually now reached more Champions League semi -finals than any other English side in the competition's history - eight - but have just one trophy to show for their efforts. But who would they rather face? "On paper it's one of the worst Real Madrid teams in living memory, in terms of names and fear factor," former Blues and England goalkeeper Rob Green told BBC Radio 5 Live. "But they do have a manager in Zinedine Zidane who gets it right in the Champions League . "They have made it through and could get through again - they get it right at the business end.

Chelsea are through to the semi -finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014 after a 2-1 aggregate win over Porto. Chelsea 's last Champions League semi -final appearance was in 2014 when they were beaten over two legs by Atletico Madrid.

Bayern were again without injured star striker Robert Lewandowski, coronavirus-infected Serge Gnabry, and midfielder Leon Goretzka for their 100th Champions League knock-out match.

The visitors' lead came out of the blue just before halftime. David Alaba had a short-range shot well-saved by Keylor Navas but Lewandowski's replacement Choupo-Moting headed in the rebound.

After the break Alaba fired wide in search of the second goal they needed and Navas then denied Thomas Mueller.

PSG looked dangerous on the counter-attack as substitute Moise Kean fired high and Kylian Mbappe was ruled just offside after smashing high into the net

Man of the match Neymar was earlier twice denied by the woodwork - but the French champions' dream of a first-ever Champions League title continues as they gained revenge for their defeat by Munich in last year's final.

Mbappe potential could DROP if he stays at PSG, McManaman warns

  Mbappe potential could DROP if he stays at PSG, McManaman warns Kylian Mbappe's is on track to fulfil his potential as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's heir, but Steve McManaman has warned the 22-year-old he could need to escape PSG. Mbappe is already a World Cup winner, has reached 120 goals for the French champions and proves each week that a Ballon d'Or is almost certainly in his future. However, with one year left on his contract in Paris, the next move is crucial.

Chelsea have won each of their last two matches in European competition that were held in Spain, but they have never won three consecutive European matches held in Spain. Reminder that the match is being held in Sevila due to travel restrictions. The Blues are unbeaten in the UEFA Champions League this season (P9 W7 D2 L0), and could become the first English to go unbeaten across their first 10 games in a season in the competition since Liverpool in 2017-18. The odds look in Chelsea 's favour, but there's plenty that can happen in 90 minutes. Making ourselves at home!#CHEPOR.

Chelsea : Kovacic, Ziyech. Porto: Mbemba. PSG : Gueye, Kurzawa, Neymar, Verratti. Bayern: Boateng, Hernández, Kimmich. What a day for some Champions League ☀️. Chelsea have won each of their last two matches in European competition that were held in Spain, but they have never won three consecutive European matches held in Spain. Reminder that the match is being held in Sevila due to travel restrictions. The Blues are unbeaten in the UEFA Champions League this season (P9 W7 D2 L0), and could become the first English to go unbeaten across their first 10 games in a

"I am very happy. We eliminated the European champion, a great team," Brazilian Neymar told RMC Sport.

"Now we are in the semi-finals and we dream bigger."

PSG will be up against Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals, with Pep Guardiola's City taking a slender 2-1 lead to Germany.

Chelsea meanwhile reached the last four for the first time since 2014 and will play record winners Real Madrid or compatriots Liverpool, who meet at Anfield on Wednesday with the Spanish giants 3-1 up.

Both matches between Porto and Chelsea were played in Seville owing to coronavirus travel restrictions, and the Portuguese aimed to try and overturn their two-goal deficit in what was Chelsea's home leg.

In a game of few chances, Taremi's spectacular goal in stoppage time came too late to deny the Blues whose manager Thomas Tuchel reached the last four the second straight year, having been in charge of PSG last year.

"We accepted what was needed was a tough, tough fight," Tuchel told BT Sport.

"Maybe on the television it was not so nice to watch but on the sidelines it was a very intense game, a very fast game.

"Overall we deserved to beat Porto. It was a tough 180 minutes."

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The Brazilian star's contract expires in the summer of 2022 and PSG tabled a renewal offer for the 29-year-old some time ago. But it remains unsigned and now PSG are hurrying him along.The Brazilian star's contract expires in the summer of 2022 and PSG tabled a renewal offer for the 29-year-old some time ago.

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