An almost unbelievable stat has been turning heads across social media tonight, on the back of Paris Saint-Germain’s incredible victory over Atalanta.
Choupo-Moting the hero
After the final fixtures of the round-of-16 were played out last weekend, the Champions League’s quarter-finals got underway tonight.
Tournament surprise package Atalanta faced off against powerhouse PSG, in a complete and utter financial and historical mismatch.
Serie A’s great entertainers, though, made it clear from the off at the Estadio da Luz that they would not be intimidated by their heavily-favoured opponents, moving the ball with confidence and vigour early on.
This eventually led to Mario Pasalic opening the game’s scoring shortly before the half-hour mark, with a wonderful left-footed finish.
And, to the delight of neutrals across the globe, the underdogs went on to cling to this advantage for a full hour, as PSG toiled in their search of an all-important equaliser.
Just when it looked as though Atalanta may have done enough, though, a clipped ball to the back post saw Neymar square across the face of goal, for Marquinhos to slot home.
And, incredibly, less than 3 minutes later, PSG were in front.
Deep into injury-time, another low delivery from the left side of the Atalanta box was decisively met by substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, sparking joyous celebrations amongst the PSG players, as the French champions booked their spot in the Champions League’s final-4.
Of all the people it’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who puts PSG ahead in extra-time 🤯🤯🤯
— Football on BT Sport #Club2020 (@btsportfootball) August 12, 2020
Former Stoke stars prospering
As outlined above, meanwhile, on the back of tonight’s result, an almost unfathomable statistic has since gone viral across social media.
Bizarrely, the stat, though, does not surround either of the sides to have taken to the pitch tonight.
Instead, it focuses on Stoke City, after former Potters attacker Choupo-Moting proved the match-winner in Lisbon:
If Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting plays in the next round, it will mean the relegated Stoke squad of 2017-18 had players who played in the 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019 & 2020 Champions League semi-finals.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) August 12, 2020
This article was edited by Josh Barker.