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13-Aug-2020, 04:52 am

PSG hero Choupo-Moting: I told myself we can't go home like this

Atalanta PSG Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain hero Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has said he told himself, "Wecan't go home like this,"before entering the game with his side trailing late against Atalanta on Wednesday.

But after entering in the 79th minute,Choupo-Moting had a game-changing effect. First theCameroon striker played a lofted ball behind the defence in the 90th minute which Neymar brought down and squared to Marquinhos for the equaliser.

But three minutes laterChoupo-Moting would go one better, tapping home a late winner from fellow substitute Kylian Mbappe's cross to give his side a 2-1 win at theEstadio da Luz in Lisbon.

Speaking to BT Sport, Choupo-Motingsaid he was confident in his team despite the deficit after he entered the match for the ineffective Mauro Icardi.

"It was a crazy game. A tough game against a tough opponent. It wasn't easy. Neymar had a great game,"Choupo-Moting said.

"I thought when I was coming on, 'We can't lose, we can't go home like this'. I was confident in myself and the team.

"We had a good feeling in the team. We are enjoying good moments on and off the pitch. We won four trophies but this one is the most important.

"We believe in ourselves. Everyone knows we have top-quality individuals but we wanted to show team work. I'm very happy we did it today.

"It's a long time and we have never won the Champions League. With such a great team you have to have this ambition. We will give everything in the next game and continue to believe."

With the win, PSG reached the last four of the Champions League for the first time since 1994-95. The Ligue1 champions had been eliminated from the competition at the quarter-final stage in three consecutive seasons.

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