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‘It’s a crazy game’

"When I came on, I thought to myself, 'We can't lose, we can't go home like that.' I was confident in myself, confident in the team and then the rest is the history of Paris. It was a crazy game, a tough game and opponents," said Cameroon international Choupo-Moting.

Three minutes of perseverance from PSG transformed this game, and may have transformed the club in the Champions League. They are into the semifinals for the first time since 1995 after a remarkable late turnaround to beat Atalanta 2-1 on Wednesday night. Thomas Tuchel's men were able to turn the tide in a dramatic three-minute spell, with Marquinhos scoring a 90th-minute equaliser before substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting netted the winner three minutes later.

Tuchel suffered a strange injury during a PSG training session but the manager went from despair to delight.

"We lost other years and this year, we saw the game, we dominated, we had the opportunities but we had to believe in it. Football is about motivation, faith. If you saw the match, you saw that they were aggressive. . [We had to make] sure that Neymar was free to do whatever he wanted," said Marquinhos.

"We had a good match, we absolutely deserved to win and we completely controlled the half. Physically too, which is a big surprise because I was scared in the final 20 minutes. They are normally incredibly strong at the end of matches but we played with more and more confidence, we rediscovered the right rhythm, the players who came on were exceptional and turned the match in our favour. I am absolutely satisfied with this performance, for me it is a deserved victory. The goals came late but it is also testament to the quality and mentality of this team. They are together," Tuchel said adding that he was confident his side would find a winner against Atalanta on Wednesday as soon as they grabbed their late equaliser.

"At this moment, it's quite painful. Tomorrow, I will be proud of our team and club but at this moment I feel disappointment," said Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon after the match.

 "It leaves us with a very bad taste to have conceded that late winner when the match was about to finish," Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said. "That's what is really hurting us because until then we thought when we were controlling."

"Nobody will ever get it out of my head that I want to go to the final," said Neymar. "We're a formidable squad, a family, with the attitude that it's impossible to knock us out."

"After 85, 88 minutes, we are 1-0 down and I am a realist, it could have happened that we didn't score. But I did not feel like we weren't going to score, never! I always think that we are going to get one. After 85 minutes, I said to my assistants that I was sure that we would score a second straight away if we scored once. I said on the bench that we should score one. I had this feeling. We did a very strong match and it was absolutely deserved… There you have it, when you score very late goals like those ones, it is also luck, that is clear but if you look at the entire match it is deserved."

Thomas Tuchel

PSG manager

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