A 2-1 victory has sent Paris Saint-Germain into the Champions League semifinals for the first time in 25 years.
Through so many exasperating moments in front of goal persevered, determined to rescue Paris Saint-Germain.
Just when it seemed time was running out, the player signed to deliver PSG its most coveted trophy spared the French champions from a humbling Champions League exit against Atalanta.
A night of frustrating squandered scoring chances ended with Neymar setting up the goals that turned Wednesday’s game around. Producing a 2-1 victory that sent PSG into the semifinals for the first time in 25 years.
“Nobody will ever get it out of my head that I want to go to the final,” he said. “We’re a formidable squad, a family, with the attitude that it’s impossible to knock us out.”
Atalanta, the Serie A club on a modest budget eclipsed by Qatar-funded PSG, had led from Mario Pasalic’s curling strike in the 27th minute until the 90th.
Neymar then found time to set up Marquinhos for the equaliser and was involved in the build-up to Eric Choupo-Moting’s winner in the third minute of stoppage time.
PSG will play Atletico Madrid or Leipzig in the semifinals on Tuesday.
The lack of access to the stadium did not deter Atalanta fans flying from northern Italy to the Portuguese capital. Even if it was just to cheer for the fleeting moments when the team bus passed beneath them.
They will have another chance next season. A second consecutive third-place finish in Serie A gives Atalanta a return ticket the Champions League.