PLAYER RATINGS | PSG 0-1 Dortmund: Wasteful PSG fail to reach Champions League final

In the build-up to tonight’s semi-final second leg, Luis Enrique had been stressing the importance of his strikeforce – in particular, Kylian Mbappé – being set up by their teammates in favourable positions. As was the case in the first leg, though, the Ligue 1 champions failed to break down a sturdy Borussia Dortmund backline – their lack of incisiveness ultimately costing them a place in the Champions League final.

After a passive performance in Germany, the hosts looked to take control of proceedings early on at the Parc des Princes. While Luis Enrique’s men managed a few forays into the opposition box over the course of the first half, there was little sign of the Mats Hummels-led defence being overly troubled.

The veteran defender would notably slide in to swipe a ball from arriving in Kylian Mbappé’s feet for a close-range change – one of several moments to forget for the France captain in the first 45 minutes. His fellow forwards would hardly fare any better around the Dortmund box either, with Ousmane Dembélé blazing a shot over the bar on the half-hour mark.

As the break approached, Les Parisiens would grow increasingly error-prone – from misplaced passes and poor decision-making, to frantic defending when faced with the Germans’ counter-attacks. The clearest chances would fall to Dortmund on those breakaways, with Adeyemi denied by a reflex stop from Donnarumma after a lung-bursting run up the pitch.

The second half initially seemed to promise a more clinical showing from PSG, with Zaïre-Emery hitting the post a couple of minutes after the break. It wasn’t long before the hosts’ defensive frailties reared their head again, though. Firstly, with (an otherwise solid) Marquinhos conceding a needless corner, and then some muddled marking in the box to leave Hummels with a free header to double his side’s overall lead.

The closing half-hour of the tie would see PSG find the frame thrice more (Nuno Mendes, Vitinha, and Mbappé) and ramp up the pressure on the visitors – ultimately to no avail. One final one-on-one chance would come Mbappé’s way in stoppage-time, but the through ball would agonisingly slip away from the departing forward, whose tumble in the box was waved away – a passage of play that neatly summarised the Frenchman’s lack of impact over the two legs.

PSG player ratings

Gianluigi Donnarumma, 5 – A good stop from Adeyemi in the first half, but was partly at fault for Hummels’ goal, having failed to assert himself in the box once the corner was swung in.

Achraf Hakimi, 4

Marquinhos, 5 – A mostly solid performance from PSG’s captain, who made some important interceptions in the first half. He successfully fended off Adeyemi at the start of the second half, but conceded a needless corner immediately afterwards which resulted in Dortmund’s goal.

Lucas Beraldo, 4

Nuno Mendes, 4

Warren Zaïre-Emery, 4

Fabián Ruiz, 4 

Vitinha, 5 – Having (comfortably) been PSG’s best performer since the turn of the year, the midfielder was once again the standout player for Les Parisiens. Crucial in keeping Luis Enrique’s men moving up the pitch – despite being singled out by Dortmund’s relentless pressing – tireless work off the ball, and was only denied a long-range goal at the end of the match by the crossbar. 

Ousmane Dembélé, 3

Gonçalo Ramos, 3 – With PSG struggling to break into the Dortmund box, the Portuguese forward – whose absence in the first leg was widely decried by fans – was mostly starved of service. He saw two chances come his way after the opening goal, but sent both shots well wide. Replaced by Bradley Barcola on the hour mark.

Kylian Mbappé, 2 – A wasteful performance, on his final Champions League night with his hometown club. A lack of composure in front of goal and some poor decision-making stunted any chance of the forward making a difference over the two ties.

The Frenchman had been used sparingly in the last few months, as Luis Enrique sought to reduce the team’s dependence on the forward and save him for the continental stage. Mbappé’s send-off will have been muted and anticlimactic, though, having failed to lead PSG to the Champions League title for the seventh consecutive season.

Selected Borussia Dortmund player ratings

Mats Hummels, 9 – Retained the high standards of his man-of-the-match performance in the first leg, expertly keeping PSG’s forwards quiet – and scoring the decisive goal at the other end. 

Julian Brandt, 8

Nico Schlotterbeck, 8

Karim Adeyemi, 7

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