Champions League

Angel Di Maria: Player Rating and Performance v RB Leipzig

The former Real Madrid and Man Utd star scored a perfect 10 rating as PSG reached the final of the Champions League

 
10:24am on Wednesday 19th August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

PSG reached the final of the Champions League for the first time after comfortably defeating RB Leipzig 3-0 in Lisbon, with Angel Di Maria playing a starring role in his return to the side.

After missing the quarter-final against Atalanta, the Argentine was restored to the starting XI against the German outfit, and caused mayhem from the get-go, initially starting on the wing but drifting into central areas constantly to link up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

What was Di Maria's overall display like?

📷 Match Snapshot

From the opening whistle, PSG looked dangerous, and it took them just 13 minutes to open the scoring.

A ⏱️ 13' Di Maria was the provider for the opener, as he curled in a delicious free-kick from the left channel which was emphatically headed home by Marquinhos.

PSG instigated a high press on Leipzig and it ultimately proved too much to handle for the defence of the Bundesliga side.

Peter Gulacsi's attempts to play out from the back while attackers closed in ultimately led to the second goal.

⚽ ⏱️ 42' The Leipzig keeper sends a wayward pass into the centre of the half which is picked up quickly by PSG, with the ball subsequently being sent back into the box. Neymar superbly flicks the ball from out of his feet to completely take the defender out of the equation, which allows Di Maria to take one touch and lash a finish into the bottom right corner.

A ⏱️ 56' Eleven minutes into the second period, the Argentine would earn his second assist. After initially seeing a move break down after a lovely pass through to Juan Bernat, the ball comes back out to Di Maria on the left wing again, which allows him to whip a cross to the front post, again for Bernat, who converted with a header at the front post.

RB Leipzig 0-3 PSG: Full Player Ratings and Statistics

Di Maria enjoyed 63 touches of the ball and completed an impressive 35/41 passes for a completion rate of 85%, with 14 of these passes being sent into the final third.

He sent six crosses into the box which was only bettered by Angelino, while he won 6/7 duels and made six ball recoveries.

Overall, he earned a perfect 10 FC Rating.

〽️ Rating Week-on-Week

✔️ IMPROVEMENT

Di Maria's last game was the cup final against Lyon and he didn't impress to much then, scoring a 5.8 FC Rating.

The performance against Leipzig represented a huge boost to the 10 FC Rating.

🗝️ Key Stats

Di Maria match stats

StatisticValueNotes
FC Rating10🏆 FC Man of the Match
Mins Played87
Touches63
Final Third Passes14
Shots2
On Target2
Goals1
Assists1
Crosses6

What Next?

Bayern or Lyon await PSG in the club's first ever Champions League final.

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