PSG can edge past Dortmund to reach the Champions League final | Football

Kylian Mbappe can fire PSG towards victory over Dortmund (Picture: Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino couldn’t manage it, neither could Unai Emery. Thomas Tuchel went close by reaching the 2020 final in Lisbon, but his team lost to Bayern Munich.

So can Luis Enrique finally end Paris Saint-Germain’s quest to lift the Champions League trophy?

They will have to overturn a 1-0 deficit after Niclas Fullkrug scored a brilliant first-half goal for Borussia Dortmund to give the Bundesliga boys the edge going into the second leg of their semi-final at the Parc des Princes.

Much will depend on the prowess of star striker Kylian Mbappe, who will be chasing his 43rd goal of a glittering season.

If he can score to level it up PSG will have a wonderful chance to reach the showpiece final at Wembley on Saturday, June 1.

They reached the last four by easing past Barcelona after losing the first leg, but no side has ever progressed to the decider after losing the opening salvos in both the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Luis Enrique can take Paris Saint-German to the Champions League final by masterminding a second semi-final success against Borussia Dortmund

Luis Enrique can take Paris Saint-German to the Champions League final by masterminding a second semi-final success against Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty Images)

PSG squandered plenty of chances against BVB, with Ousmane Dembele particularly wasteful against his former club.

The Parisiennes have scored in their last 24 home games and the Ligue 1 champions will have the fresher legs as they have just enjoyed a free weekend.

But Dortmund will be a difficult nut to crack as the clean sheet in the first leg was their fifth in the Champions League this season, a feat no other team has been able to match.

It would appear this will be another entertaining affair which may be short on goals but not lacking in drama and under 2.5 goals is 13/8 with both Betfair and bet365.

A 1-0 home win which would mean extra-time is 10/1 with William Hill and Mbappe is 13/5 to open the scoring.

PSG are 4/6 to qualify for the final with bet365 and they go 11/1 the French side do so by winning a penalty shoot-out.

• Bolton are 7/10 with Betfair, Betfred and Paddy Power to win at home against Barnsley and reach the League One play-off final at Wembley. The Trotters took the first leg 3-1 at Oakwell and Dion Charles, who scored twice in Yorkshire, is 4/1 with bet365 to break the second-leg deadlock.

• Toulouse are 21/20 with William Hill to win their sixth Champions Cup final by beating Leinster in the decider. Toulouse beat Harlequins 38-26 despite a huge second-half rally from the Premiership club.


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