Kylian Mbappe returned to Paris Saint-Germain's starting line-up for their Champions League semi-final with RB Leipzig after recovering from injury.

The France star played 30 minutes from the bench in last week's dramatic 2-1 win over Atalanta after being forced to sit out the Coupe de la Ligue win over Lyon with an ankle injury.

However, Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Monday that Mbappe is fit enough to start against Leipzig in Lisbon and the forward took the place of the benched Mauro Icardi.

Angel Di Maria also returned in attack after missing the quarter-final through suspension and Leandro Paredes was recalled in midfield - Idrissa Gueye and Pablo Sarabia the players to make way.

There was a change in goal, too, with Sergio Rico starting after coming on for hamstring injury victim Keylor Navas during the closing stages against Atalanta.

 

 

 

This strangest of seasons has yielded a Champions League semi-final line-up of a kind not seen since 1991.

RB Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and Bayern Munich will compete for a spot in the final. Two from France, two from Germany, with the prospect of a one-nation showdown for the trophy.

This is the first time in 29 years that no teams from England, Spain or Italy have reached this stage of the competition, which at that time was still called the European Cup.

The world looked very different back then, for our four semi-finalists and beyond...

RB LEIPZIG

They didn't exist in 1991. In fact, they wouldn't for another 18 years.

The club's owners, Red Bull, had only existed as a business for seven years and the drink that made the brand globally famous was only four years old - the same age as present Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann.

SSV Markranstadt, the team Red Bull purchased before transforming them into the RB Leipzig franchise, were down in the Landesliga Sachsen, the sixth tier in Germany.

 

PSG

It's hard now to think of PSG, winners of seven of the past eight Ligue 1 titles, as anything other than dominant in France.

Back in 1991, some 20 years before the QSI ownership, they finished ninth in France's top flight, 17 points behind champions and bitter rivals Marseille. They won no trophies and were not involved in Europe.

Head coach Henri Michel was in charge until July, when he was replaced by Artur Jorge, who delivered their second top-flight title in 1994. Present boss Thomas Tuchel was learning his craft in the youth teams of Augsburg.

 

BAYERN MUNICH

Bayern were one of the four semi-finalists in 1991, but it didn't end well: they lost 4-3 on aggregate to Red Star Belgrade after captain Klaus Augenthaler scored a 90th-minute own goal in the second leg.

Domestically, Bayern lost out on the Bundesliga title, finishing second to Kaiserslautern. To compound a disappointing season, they also suffered a first-round exit in the DFB-Pokal for the first time in their history.

Their head coach, Jupp Heynckes, was of course the man who steered them to their most recent European triumph in 2012-13, when they beat Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley to secure the treble. As for current boss Hansi Flick, he was in his first season playing for Cologne.

 

LYON

Lyon had a better domestic season than PSG, finishing fifth in the table under Raymond Domenech to qualify for the UEFA Cup.

It was just four years into the tenure of ambitious young owner Jean-Michel Aulas, who had vowed to rid the club of debt and restore them to a place of prominence in the top flight.

Rudi Garcia, who masterminded that 3-1 win over City this year, was playing his final season with Caen.

 

ELSEWHERE IN FOOTBALL...

Red Star won the European Cup final, beating Marseille on penalties after a 0-0 draw in Bari.

Arsenal were crowned champions of England, an Alan Smith hat-trick against Manchester United securing the title in May.

Napoli and Argentina great Diego Maradona was serving a 15-month ban for failing a cocaine test.

Sampdoria were Serie A champions. It was their first and only top-flight title.

In January, Eden Hazard was born.

USA win the first Women's World Cup, beating Norway in the final.

Ryan Giggs made his Manchester United debut in March. Twenty-three years later, he retired as their most decorated player.

 

AND THE WIDER WORLD...

Boris Yeltsin was elected Russia's first popularly-elected president. The Soviet Union officially ceased to exist.

The internet was made available to unrestricted commercial use. An intriguing tool, the web browser, was introduced.

Nirvana released their second studio album, Nevermind. It has sold more than 30million copies.

Mike Powell broke Bob Beamon's world long jump record with a leap of 8.95 metres. The record still stands.

Monica Seles won three of four grand slam singles titles to take the world number one spot from Steffi Graf.

Australia won the Rugby World Cup, beating England 12-6 at Twickenham in the final.

After four gripping quarter-final ties, the Champions League semis have quickly come around. 

Bayern Munich thrashed Barcelona 8-2 to create the biggest story in Lisbon last week, but there was still plenty of drama elsewhere. 

Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Lyon all scored late goals to advance, the latter upsetting Manchester City in the process. 

PSG face Leipzig on Tuesday, while Lyon have the unenviable task of taking on favourites Bayern 24 hours later. 

Using Opta data, here are some of the key facts heading into the games. 

 

RB LEIPZIG V PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

1 - Both Leipzig and PSG are aiming to reach their first ever European Cup or Champions League final.

3 - PSG have progressed from each of their three prior European knockout ties against German opponents, including eliminating Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 this year.

16 - It is 16 years since a French team last reached the Champions League final. Of the past seven Ligue 1 sides to make it to this stage, only Monaco (2004) have gone a step further.

34 - PSG are aiming to score in a 34th consecutive Champions League match, tying Real Madrid's record from 2011 to 2014.

33 - Leipzig's Julian Nagelsmann could become the youngest coach to reach a Champions League final - at 33 - taking the record from Didier Deschamps, who was 35 with Monaco in 2004.

23 - Since debuting in the competition for Barca in 2013-14, Neymar has provided more Champions League assists than any other player. He set up PSG’s equaliser against Atalanta in the quarter-final, too.

10 - Kylian Mbappe is enjoying his best Champions League campaign for goal involvements, registering five goals and five assists in just eight appearances. He has been involved in a Champions League goal on average every 48 minutes this term.
 

LYON V BAYERN MUNICH

10 - Lyon and Bayern are meeting for the first time in 10 years, with their previous tie also a Champions League semi-final. Bayern were 4-0 aggregate winners in 2009-10 and have won four of their eight previous match-ups in all.

12 - In the Champions League era, only Madrid (13) have reached the last four on more occasions than Bayern.

2 - After Deschamps with Monaco, Rudi Garcia is aiming to become just the second French coach to lead a French team into a Champions League final.

10 -  With a victory, Bayern can equal the longest winning run in Champions League history - matching their own 2013 streak which Madrid also tied in 2015. Bayern's nine-match sequence is already the joint-best - along with Barcelona in 2002-03 - from the start of a campaign.

3 - Bayern have 39 goals in the Champions League so far this season, a tally only three teams have ever beaten across an entire campaign.

8 - It has been eight years since Lyon won back-to-back Champions League matches in the same season, beating Dinamo Zagreb in the 2011-12 group stage before edging their last-16 first leg against APOEL.

15 - Moussa Dembele and Philippe Coutinho both scored twice as 75th-minute substitutes in the quarter-finals. They now jointly hold the record for the fewest minutes played in a Champions League knockout match while scoring at least twice.

Is Ronald Koeman the chosen one?

Quique Setien was sacked by Barcelona on Monday, following the club's Champions League horror show.

And Netherlands head coach Koeman – a former Barca defender – is reportedly on the verge of being appointed.

 

TOP STORY – KOEMAN TO LEAD STRUGGLING BARCA

Ronald Koeman is set to become Barcelona head coach, according to widespread reports.

Netherlands boss Koeman is reportedly the man Barca want to appoint following Quique Setien's sacking in the aftermath of their 8-2 Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich.

Tuesday's frontpages of Marca and Sport say former Barca defender Koeman will replace Setien.

Voetbal and Sky Sports claim LaLiga giants Barca are holding talks with the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) as they seek to appoint Koeman.

 

ROUND-UP

- With Koeman set to vacate his position, Fox Sports presenter Jan Joost van Gangelen claims former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has offered to take the Netherlands job. Wenger has been out of work since leaving Arsenal in 2018.

- The Guardian reports Premier League champions Liverpool are unwilling to pay the €30million (£27m) fee Bayern Munich are asking for star midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The Spaniard has also been linked to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

Inter remain in talks with Brescia to sign star midfielder Sandro Tonali, reports Fabrizio Romano. Inter will reportedly try to finalise a transfer following the Europa League final. Tonali has also been linked to champions Juventus.

- Alfredo Pedulla says Napoli want to sign Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos but are still trying to negotiate a fee. It comes as Arsenal reportedly close in on Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, who has also been targeted by Napoli.

City are preparing a new and improved offer for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, says Sportitalia's Pedulla. Napoli are reportedly keen to sell Koulibaly in order to raise funds for Gabriel.

- According to Sky Sports, Manchester United are monitoring Juve winger Douglas Costa. The future of Costa in Turin is in doubt as new boss Andrea Pirlo rebuilds and with United struggling to prise Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, they could turn to the Brazilian.

- Cadena Ser claims Barca plan to force pay cuts on players who refuse to leave Camp Nou. Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Ivan Rakitic are among three of the highest earners who the club are hopeful of selling this off-season.

Milan are hopeful of re-signing Gianluigi Donnarumma and Zlatan Ibrahimovic before the end of the month despite negotiations dragging on, according to Calciomercato.

- AS reports RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano could join Real Madrid in 2021. Due to the financial situation amid the coronavirus pandemic, Madrid are reportedly holding off on major transfers until next year.

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann does not believe Pep Guardiola made a mistake by making tactical tweaks to his Manchester City side in their surprise defeat to Lyon.

City exited the Champions League on Saturday, with Lyon progressing to the last four – where they will meet an imperious-looking Bayern Munich – with a 3-1 win.

Raheem Sterling missed a glorious opportunity when City were 2-1 down, with Moussa Dembele subsequently making sure of Lyon's progression with his second goal.

Seemingly in an attempt to match Lyon's system, Guardiola switched to a 3-4-3 shape for Saturday's clash.

But his tinkering backfired, with Guardiola coming in for some criticism for altering the system, while Lyon coach Rudi Garcia claimed his side "won the tactical battle."

Nagelsmann, however, insists it was individual moments, rather than the tactics, which ultimately cost City.

"The idea he basically had was not too complicated," Nagelsmann, who often alternates between using a back three and back four, told a news conference ahead of Leipzig's semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

"Whether 3-4-3 or 4-3-3, I don't think that is that crucial for a Kevin De Bruyne.

"In the end, it's individual situations. In my opinion, it is a bit too easy to always blame the formation for something like that.

"If City had won, everyone would have said 'world-class tactics!' Now he has surprised everyone.' It's a tightrope.

"In a knockout game you often have to make tactical adjustments that you might not make in the league. If necessary, you can take a point with you. That doesn't work in the Champions League. Every coach has to be there to find your own way."

Leipzig booked their place in the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid, while PSG overcame Atalanta in dramatic fashion.

Nagelsmann is expecting a stern challenge, especially with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both likely to start for PSG, yet believes his side are playing with more verve and resilience than they showed in the closing stages of the Bundesliga season.

"I think that in the Bundesliga the players were tired and struggling to catch up," he said. "They were strange times. 

"They are hungry for victory and against Atletico Madrid it was possible to see that. We are happy, but we still want to take more steps and the players are prepared.

"[PSG's] quality is very high, so it will be a collective effort. We will try to impose our game and be brave. We want to try to put them under pressure, we have this potential, with many young players, and we are going to show it."

RB Leipzig's rapid rise to prominence in the Champions League has left them on the brink of a European final, with Paris Saint-Germain standing in there way.

Though star striker Timo Werner has departed for Chelsea, Julian Nagelsmann still has plenty of quality players at his disposal, and chief among them is Dayot Upamecano.

The centre-back, who has a brilliant turn of pace and plenty of power, has drawn interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs in recent seasons.

However, for the time being at least, Leipzig have fended off any approaches, with Upamecano having signed a new deal, which runs until 2023, in July.

With his immediate future settled, Upamecano has the chance to prove he truly is worth the hype as Leipzig take on PSG – spearheaded by two of the world's greatest attackers in the form of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar – in Lisbon.

The story so far

Despite supposed interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal at the time, Upamecano opted for Salzburg in 2015 and soon got a taste for first-team football at feeder club Liefering.

Given the links between the clubs, it came as little surprise when the centre-back chose Leipzig in January 2017, quickly adapting to a new country and league with 12 Bundesliga appearances over the rest of the campaign.

Upamecano's displays over the next year saw him nominated for the 2018 Golden Boy award, won by then-Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, but his game has since gone up another level under the stewardship of Nagelsmann.

He has been a mainstay at the back, making 37 appearances in all competitions so far in 2019-20.

What have they said?

A number of current and former stars have heaped praise on the 21-year-old, with former team-mate Werner comparing him to Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, and during the enforced break in action amid the COVID-19 outbreak, German football legend Lothar Matthaus talked up the youngster.

But for now, Upamecano seems perfectly happy where he is. 

"I feel right at home here in Leipzig - the overall package is perfect," said Upamecano after signing his new contract.

"We had good conversations with [chief executive] Oliver Mintzlaff, [sporting director] Markus Krosche and [head coach] Julian Nagelsmann, which showed to me that extending my contract was the right decision for me to make.

"Our young and hungry team is part of an ambitious club. I want to take the next step with Leipzig and reach our aims, because I'm convinced by the way we play our football.

"I have been in Leipzig for over three years and I have continued to improve alongside the team's development. I want to carry on developing personally, and I think Julian Nagelsmann is a coach that can bring me to the next level."

Areas of weakness?

Upamecano is quick and strong, a fine player to progress the ball out of defence – he has made more vertical runs with the ball in the Champions League this season than any other player left in the competition – and is excellent in the air.

The Frenchman is still developing, though, and there is certainly room for improvement in terms of his temperament. 

This was evidenced in June, when Upamecano allowed frustration to get the better of him and he received a second booking two minutes before half-time in a Bundesliga clash with Paderborn.

Leipzig were in front at that stage yet Paderborn ultimately claimed a dramatic point when captain Christian Strohdiek struck in the 92nd minute, and team-mate Kevin Kampl was far from happy.

"It was completely unnecessary," Kampl said to Sky Germany about defender Upamecano's sending off. "We lead 1-0, have the game under control and then we weaken ourselves."

Fortunately for Leipzig, the draw did not ultimately cost them a place in the Bundesliga's top four.

The biggest challenge yet?

Though Upamecano has faced the fearsome attacks of Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, he is about to come up against two of the world's finest forwards.

Neymar missed some golden opportunities in PSG's quarter-final tie against Atalanta, but ultimately played a key part in both of their goals as the Ligue 1 champions snatched a late win.

Meanwhile, his partner in crime Mbappe is sure to start after coming on as a substitute in that win – with the youngster, who had been recovering from an injury sustained in July, going on to provide the assist for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's winner.

Leipzig switched to a back four against Atletico Madrid, with Upamecano tasked with marking Diego Costa and, subsequently, Alvaro Morata – and putting in a brilliant display.

But with the trickery and guile of Neymar, and the pace of Mbappe – not to mention the poaching ability of Mauro Icardi – PSG will present an altogether different challenge.

However, if he manages to marshall Leipzig's defence against some of world football's most clinical finishers, then Upamecano may well confirm his status as one of the best defenders in world football.

Ander Herrera is confident Sergio Rico can adequately fill in for injured goalkeeper Keylor Navas in Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League semi-final clash with RB Leipzig.

Navas has started 34 games in all competitions this season, including eight in the Champions League, but he has been ruled out of the Leipzig tie with a hamstring injury.

He pulled up late on in Wednesday's remarkable 2-1 comeback win over Atalanta and was replaced by back-up keeper Rico, who is now set to start in Lisbon on Tuesday. 

That was on-loan stopper Rico's ninth appearance of the season and Herrera has backed the Costa Rica international – a two-time Europa League winner with Sevilla – to step up.

"We have three fantastic goalkeepers. Sergio Rico has already won several Europa League titles. He has already shown that he is ready to help this Tuesday," he said.

Herrera started the Atalanta match but was taken off before his side staged a dramatic fightback, the Ligue 1 giants scoring twice in the space of 149 seconds to stay on course for a quadruple.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel praised Herrera's leadership qualities on the eve of the Leipzig clash, but the Spaniard insisted he has not thought about taking on the captain's armband once Thiago Silva moves on later this month.

"Since I arrived in Paris the captain is Thiago Silva so I haven't thought about this question," Herrera, who joined from Manchester United last year, said. "For me the captain is not only the one who wears the armband. 

"We have a lot of captains by their actions. Marquinhos is a natural leader. He does not speak much but in training and on the pitch, he is a leader. 

"Neymar is another leader. When you are a player who asks a lot for the ball while the team has a lot of pressure on the pitch, that's a leader. 

"Keylor Navas has won a lot in his career and always tries to create a compact group. 

"Thiago Silva is a fantastic leader and captain but all the groups which know the success, it is not possible with only one leader. We have many leaders with the word but also with the action."

PSG have never reached the final of the Champions League and Herrera does not believe the Ligue 1 winners are under more pressure than Leipzig, who have already knocked out Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

"Domestically we have won four titles," he said. "Winning the Champions League is a dream but we cannot speak of an obligation to win.

"Every year there are a dozen teams that do not win. It is a dream but not a pressure."

Kylian Mbappe could start Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League semi-final clash with RB Leipzig, head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.

The France international was a major doubt for what proved to be a dramatic 2-1 quarter-final win over Atalanta last week but made a telling difference from the bench.

After coming through the final 30 minutes of that match unscathed, Tuchel is prepared to throw Mbappe in from the start at the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday.

"He played 30 minutes against Atalanta and had no problems with his ankle," he said.

"So he will train and, if there is the possibility for him to start, we will see if he can play the 90 minutes."

Mbappe set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for PSG's last-gasp winner against Atalanta as the French champions completed a remarkable late comeback.

Fellow forward Neymar played a big part in both of PSG's goals and Tuchel has hailed the leadership qualities shown by the Brazil international.

"When I arrived he was the leader on the field. Everyone expects a leader who speaks, but he is different," Tuchel said. 

"He leads by his quality, his hunger on the field, his fighting spirit. He likes to fight on the field. 

"This season, we created a group with players like [Ander] Herrera, [Pablo] Sarabia or [Keylor] Navas. They are players who know how to play together and know how to create an atmosphere.

"It's a team sport and Neymar cannot win alone. We are very happy to have created a special atmosphere."

Between them, Mbappe and Neymar have scored 59 goals in all competitions this term for PSG, who are still on course for an unprecedented quadruple.

"That's our strong point," Tuchel said when asked about the partnership between the attacking pair. "They make the difference. 

"It's the mix between Neymar who dribbles and Kylian who brings his speed. Of course that's our strong point. In each team there are connections between players – the two together are exceptional."

Tuchel's side were crowned Ligue 1 champions in April after the season was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic, before going on to win both domestic cup competitions.

And the German coach insisted his players remain motivated to create some club history, with Bayern Munich or Lyon to come in the Lisbon final should they overcome Atletico Madrid's conquerors Leipzig.

"We live in the present moment, we deserve to be here, we have had an extraordinary journey and season," he said. 

"If we got this far, it's because we worked for several months, at the best level. The players are calm and happy to be together. On the pitch they are strong, especially in training. 

"The players are focused and smiling. We are ready, we are hungry, but we do not think about the historical side, because we are in the semi-finals and we are there to win.

"We cannot control the result, but we will fight.”

Ander Herrera insists "it wouldn't be a failure" if Paris Saint-Germain did not lift the Champions League this season. 

PSG swept the board domestically and are into the last four of Europe's premier competition for the first time since the 1994-95 season. 

The Champions League remains the ultimate goal for the Ligue 1 heavyweights and their owners, Qatar Sports Investments. 

It needed a dramatic late comeback against Atalanta, as goals from Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting secured a 2-1 win, to progress. They will next meet RB Leipzig in Lisbon on Tuesday. 

Most pundits make PSG favourites to reach the final, but Herrera says his club have already had a successful campaign. 

"If we didn't win the Champions League, it wouldn't be a failure. It would be a failure for 10 teams then," he told a news conference.  

"We have already done a fantastic job at national level with four titles won this season. But it is true that Leipzig, or Lyon for example, perhaps didn't expect to be here.  

"We have the quality and the ability to win the semi-final, but we have to know they will play free, without the pressure of winning the game."

Herrera believes Leipzig head into the contest without the same pressure as their opponents, a fact he says makes the Bundesliga side dangerous. 

"They are a very offensive and very courageous team. They don't have the pressure of having to win the Champions League or play the final. It may be more dangerous for us," he added.  

"They have a diagram with the ball, and another without. We will have to prepare well for this match because they will play more liberally, with less pressure.  

"The fact that they are offensive can be a good thing for us because our attackers can build up speed, but we will also have to defend well, because they can create a lot of chances." 

On Friday, Bayern Munich humiliated Barcelona 8-2 in their quarter-final tie to lay down a marker to the remaining hopefuls in a tournament that is being completed in Portugal due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Herrera was impressed by what he saw but said PSG cannot contemplate anyone else but Leipzig. 

"We were all impressed with the result. It’s the first time in history that something like this has happened in the quarter-finals, but we prefer to be aware of Leipzig," he said.  

"Our goal is Leipzig. The most important thing is to prepare this game against a team that played fantastically against Atletico Madrid.  

"We saw a team with a lot of confidence. Leipzig impressed me too. We have to be very respectful of this team and prepare the match in the best possible way." 

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who came off the bench having recovered from a serious ankle sprain, impressed in the comeback against Atalanta, while Angel Di Maria is back from suspension. 

Herrera says PSG's variety of options can play into their favour. 

"This season, we have played in several systems, with three central defenders, in 4-4-2 or in 4-3-3 as well. We have a lot of good players and possibilities," he said.  

"It's not just Di Maria. Mbappe seems ready to help, Neymar too, Pablo Sarabia is reliable. He gives assists, he scores goals.  

"We are very respectful towards Leipzig, but we are confident because we have a lot of players who can play and change the course of a game."

RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann dismissed talk about winning the Champions League title after his side upstaged Atletico Madrid to reach the semi-finals.

Tyler Adams' deflected strike with two minutes of regulation remaining saw Leipzig top Atletico 2-1 in Lisbon on Thursday.

Dani Olmo's 50th-minute opener was cancelled out by Atletico star Joao Felix's penalty with 19 minutes remaining, but Adams' 88th-minute effort proved the last word as Leipzig reached the last four of the competition for the first time.

Leipzig will face Ligue 1 powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday's semi after becoming the first German club outside of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to make it to the semi-finals since Schalke in 2010-11.

Speaking post-match, Nagelsmann told reporters: "I'm not going to say anything about the title. But of course, we do want to reach the final now.

"That's just normal, I think. If we get there, we can speak about other things."

"The team as a whole beat Tottenham [in the last 16] before and now Atletico," said Nagelsmann. "It's not about duels between coaches – not against [Jose] Mourinho, not against [Diego] Simeone and now not against [PSG coach Thomas] Tuchel either. It is a team game and the guys did brilliantly today."

Nagelsmann also revealed he had a half-time spat with Diego Simeone, though the 33-year-old German played down the incident as he hailed the Atletico boss.

"Simeone congratulated me afterwards, it was very sincere. He said, it was a great game and a deserved wind for us," added Nagelsmann.

"At half-time we had a little spat, but that wasn't very serious. He's just an incredible winner who even wants to win on the way to the dressing room.

"But that's not bad, I actually want to point out that I think he's personality as a coach is awesome. So, everything's fine."

Yussuf Poulsen revelled in an "amazing moment" after RB Leipzig moved into the Champions League semi-finals.

Tyler Adams' deflected 88th-minute strike lifted Leipzig to a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

A penalty from Joao Felix had earlier cancelled out Dani Olmo's opener in Lisbon, but Leipzig – founded just 11 years ago – advanced.

Poulsen, who arrived at the club in 2013, was delighted as Leipzig's rise continued, having been in the fifth tier in Germany in 2009-10.

"You couldn't write a better story. It is a huge day and an amazing moment – we have to enjoy it," he said, via the club's website.

"Another fantastic game is around the corner. We were the better team and are deservedly through to the semi-final."

Adams found the winner in the 88th minute thanks to a huge deflection after a cutback from Angelino.

Poulsen praised Leipzig for their response to Joao Felix's 71st-minute equaliser for Atletico.

"All the players brought their best game, and we did a lot of things perfectly," he said.

"Joao Felix is a brilliant player, but after his goal we kept our composure, and created more chances for ourselves."

RB Leipzig will face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Diego Simeone had no complaints about the manner of Atletico Madrid's Champions League exit, insisting his team gave their all but RB Leipzig deserved victory.

Leipzig stunned Atletico with a 2-1 triumph in Lisbon on Thursday as Tyler Adams hit a late, deflected winner.

Joao Felix had earlier cancelled out Dani Olmo's opener from the penalty spot, but Atletico struggled to break down the Bundesliga side and were carved open too often going the other way.

Simeone simply offered his congratulations to Leipzig as they advanced to set up a semi-final meeting with Paris Saint-Germain.

"We gave it everything we had," he told Movistar. "It was difficult for us to win the duels and they were faster.

"It has been a long year, with those 60 days off. Then there was pressure coming back to the Champions League. We had one week off then back to training.

"We haven't been able to play the way we wanted. I liked Leipzig. They had great determination, enthusiasm and freshness. That cost us. There are no excuses.

"We gave our best and made it to the quarter-finals. We are going out fairly and we have to congratulate our opponents."

Saul Niguez apologised to Atletico Madrid fans after Diego Simeone's side fell to a late 2-1 defeat against RB Leipzig in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Atleti looked to have a realistic route to the final after being put in the same half of the draw as Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain and Atalanta.

But after Tyler Adams struck in the 88th minute to restore Leipzig's lead following Joao Felix's response to a Dani Olmo opener, the Bundesliga outfit advanced in Lisbon to earn a showdown with PSG.

Atletico midfielder Saul acknowledged the scale of the disappointment for the club's supporters in Lisbon on Thursday.

"The opponents were superior in many phases of the game," the Spain international said post-game.

"We were very excited. The fans deserved more. We had a point of hope and we are very sorry."

Meanwhile, captain and team-mate Koke voiced his disappointment at failing to capitalise on the unique format of this season's competition, where one-legged ties bring the latter stages closer into view.

"We were very excited about this Champions League and now it's time to get up," he said. "On the field, sometimes you are better and sometimes worse. We have to see what has failed.

"This is a different competition. In three games, we could have won the Champions League. Now that will not be able to happen."

Tyler Adams underlined the sky-high excitement levels in RB Leipzig's dressing room after Thursday's victory over Atletico Madrid set up a Champions League semi-final with Paris Saint-Germain.

Atletico had ousted defending champions Liverpool in the last 16 prior to the coronavirus pandemic halting this season's Champions League, but their run was ended by Adams' late strike as Leipzig triumphed 2-1 in Lisbon.

Dani Olmo's 50th-minute opener was cancelled out by Atletico star Joao Felix's penalty with 19 minutes remaining, but Adams' deflected strike proved the last word as Leipzig reached the last four of the competition for the first time.

After becoming the first German club outside of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to make it to the semi-finals since Schalke in 2010-11, Adams said via UEFA.com: "We're really, really excited.

"We know Paris are a great team, we saw what they did against Atalanta and they've got really good players."

Adams was the unlikely hero after scoring his first goal for Leipzig in what was the United States international's 28th appearance in all competitions.

Julian Nagelsmann's Leipzig – who finished third in the league this season – were already without top scorer Timo Werner following his move to Premier League giants Chelsea.

Leipzig are now set to tackle Ligue 1 title-holders PSG at the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday, though Adams and his team-mates are not daunted.

"Now it's about recovering in the right way, getting ourselves right mentally and working on the game plan," the 21-year-old Adams added.

"We're confident in ourselves, you saw that today."

Julian Nagelsmann was delighted with RB Leipzig's stunning Champions League win over Atletico Madrid but was keen to quickly turn his focus towards semi-final opponents Paris Saint-Germain.

Leipzig reached the last four of Europe's elite club competition after Tyler Adams' 88th-minute strike – deflected beyond Jan Oblak – clinched a 2-1 victory on Thursday.

The Bundesliga side were good value for their success despite seeing Dani Olmo's opener cancelled out by Joao Felix, who won and converted a penalty inside the last 20 minutes.

The win represents surely the greatest moment in Leipzig's short history, yet head coach Nagelsmann acknowledged there was little time to celebrate.

"There are great emotions for my club, for my team," the 33-year-old told BT Sport. "I'm very proud of my team. They did very well, and I'm happy as well.

"But as a manager, you have to look forward and look at the next game, prepare the next game, the next opponent.

"We did not have a lot of time to celebrate this victory, but perhaps we will drink a beer together in the hotel and then tomorrow we'll focus on PSG."

Taking on a PSG side containing star forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe appears a daunting task.

But Leipzig defended well against Atleti, with centre-back Dayot Upamecano particularly outstanding in a man-of-the-match display, and Nagelsmann believes they can combat the threat of the Ligue 1 titleholders.

"We have to be very fast in the defensive line, but you could see today that Upamecano and [Lukas] Klostermann are very fast," he said. "They defended very well.

"There will be situations where you cannot defend these guys on your own. You saw it yesterday: Atalanta tried to cover them man on man and it's not that easy. If you lose a duel, they have numbers up in the next line.

"There are a lot of stars in this team. It will not be that easy, but we'll try to go to the final."

Leipzig were formed just over 11 years ago but are already Bundesliga and Champions League regulars and can now compete for Europe's top prize.

Nagelsmann explained: "The club develops very fast. Since they reached the Bundesliga, they qualified for the Champions League three times - that's a great result - and we're still in the Champions League of last season.

"The progress is very fast, faster than usual, but they did a lot of good results and good decisions.

"Good players like Yussi [Poulsen] and Emil [Forsberg] played in the third division for RB and are still now in our squad. They did great decisions and that's the result."

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