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“This is why he left Barcelona, this is his moment” – Full player ratings as Neymar rises to the occasion to break Atalanta hearts

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:17, 12 August 2020 | Updated: 9:49, 30 March 2021

In a dramatic night of football, PSG came from a goal down to beat Atalanta in the last second in Lisbon.

The result makes PSG the first side to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals. Here’s how the players rated at Estadio da Luz:

Atalanta

Marco Sportiello – 7 – An impressive display. Could do nothing about either goal.

Rafael Toloi – 6 – An impeccable performance with tackles and clearances galore. Undone at the death by Neymar and Mbappé’s sublime passing and movement, however.

Mattia Caldara – 7 – Unfortunate own goal marred a spectacular defensive display where he had the most clearances (6) on the field.

Berat Djimsiti – 6 – Was pulled all over the place by Neymar but still defended well.

Hans Hateboer – 7 – Relentless up and down the right. Good headed chance early. Never gave PSG an inch.

Marten de Roon – 6 – Could not live with Neymar and Mbappé’s movement but handled the PSG midfielders quite well.

Remo Freuler – 8 – Worked tirelessly to track PSG’s players. More tackles (4) and interceptions (4) than any other player on the pitch.

Robin Gosens – 7 – Ran all night long.

Mario Pasalic – 7 – Stunning curled finish to give Atalanta the lead.

Papu Gomez – 8 – Sensational performance from the Argentine, constantly drifting into space and making danger. He created more chances than anyone else (5) before being subbed on the hour mark.

Duvan Zapata – 7 – Dogged work in the build-up to Atalanta’s opener. Held the ball up superbly all night as he battled the PSG defenders.

Substitutes:

Ruslan Malinovskyi (for Gomez 59′) – 5 – Didn’t impact the game anywhere near as much as Papu.

José Palomino (for Djimsiti 60′) – 7 – Defended well, including one sensational block from Kylian Mbappé.

Luis Muriel (for Pasalic 70′) – 5 – Had a great chance to equalise late on, but fluffed his lines.

Timoty Castagne (for Gosens 82′) – n/a – Came on late.

Jacopo Da Riva (for Zapata 82′) – n/a – Came on late.

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PSG

Keylor Navas – 7 – Mega save from Hateboer. Did what he had to do well until he went off injured.

Thilo Kehrer – 4 – Offered nothing in attack.

Thiago Silva – 7 – Solid enough.

Presnel Kimpembe – 8 – A impressive defensive display from the youngster, always on the front foot. Joint team-high for tackles and interceptions. Regained possession an incredible 14 times.

Juan Bernat – 4 – Shocking performance from the Spaniard. Completely unaware of danger unfolding around him. Was brutally exposed by Atalanta on more than one occasion, most notably for Atalanta’s goal.

Marquinhos – 7 – Had little to do in his position as Atalanta attacked around him. Was always dragged wide to help and had little effect. Came up big in the end, though, forcing the own goal with his stabbed effort.

Idrissa Gueye – 4 – A tackle machine with no one to tackle. Never looked comfortable coming wide to help shut down Atalanta.

Ander Herrera – 4 – A genuinely pitiful performance where he couldn’t advance the ball for PSG nor could he stop Atalanta’s advancements in any meaningful way. Was in essence just a body on the pitch.

Pablo Sarabia – 5 – A largely anonymous performance. Did nothing to help his team. Hooked on the hour.

Neymar – 9 – Missed a stunning chance early on (after some excellent dribbling to create it) and another sitter when capitalising on a defensive mistake. His finishing in general was so poor, but beyond the misses he was absolutely sensational, playing the entire Atalanta side by himself.

Didn’t look like he was going to get the lucky break but never gave up. In the end he was the decisive presence. Created the equaliser and his sublime pass made the last minute winner possible. It’s taken three years, but we finally have a definitive European performance from Neymar in a PSG shirt. This is why he left Barcelona, this is his moment.

Mauro Icardi – 5 – A non-event of a display.

Substitutes:

Kylian Mbappé (for Sarabia 60′) – 8 – Instantly added drive to PSG’s performance. Capped off by a superb run and cross for the last-second game-winning goal.

Leandro Paredes (for Gueye 72′) – 7 – Added much more composure and creativity to PSG’s performance.

Julian Draxler (for Herrera 72′) – 5 – Did little.

Sergio Rico (for Navas 79′) – 5 – Had nothing to do.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (for Icardi 79′) – 8 – Unreal match-winning display from the striker. Played a wonderful cross in for PSG’s equaliser and then was in the right place to stab home a dramatic and incredible last-minute winner. From Stoke City to the Champions League semi-finals… what a wild ride!

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