PSG's Marquinhos, centre, celebrates with teammate Thilo Kehrer, left, after scoring his team's first goal during the Champions League quarterfinal match between Atalanta and PSG at Luz stadium, Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.
PSG's Marquinhos, centre, celebrates with teammate Thilo Kehrer, left, after scoring his team's first goal during the Champions League quarterfinal match between Atalanta and PSG at Luz stadium, Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.|David Ramos | Pool photo via Associated Press
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PSG stages late comeback and ousts Atalanta by a score of 2-1 to reach Champions League semifinals

Until Marquinho's 90th-minute goal canceled out Mario Pašalić's first-half opener for the Serie A side, PSG's night had been blotted by Neymar's succession of misses.

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LISBON (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain staged a stoppage-time comeback to beat Atalanta 2-1 and reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time in 25 years on Wednesday.

Until Marquinho's 90th-minute goal canceled out Mario Pašalić's first-half opener for the Serie A side, PSG's night had been blotted by Neymar's succession of misses.

But the French champions didn't even have to play extra time in this single-leg quarterfinal as Eric Choupo-Moting netted in the third minute of stoppage time.

It was a painful collapse for Atalanta, ending an improbable journey in its debut Champions League campaign — in a season when the team's home city of Bergamo had been among the hardest hit regions of Europe from the coronavirus.

The pandemic meant the quarterfinals are not being played home and away as usual but as single games in neutral Lisbon.

The lack of access to the stadium could not deter Atalanta fans flying from northern Italy to the Portuguese capital.

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