By Angu Lesley
PSG midfielder Ander Herrera has heaped praises on their man-winning Cameroonian forward Eric Choupo-Moting focusing on the latter’s work ethics in extremely difficult circumstances.
Choupo-Moting created the best 11 minutes in the life of PSG in the UEFA Champions League scene.
Serie A outfit Atalanta put the French Ligue 1 champions in total difficulties from the 26th following a first-half goal from Palisic.
Choupo-Moting was introduced in the 79th minute with his side steering another quarter-final elimination.
“He was unbelievable in the last 10 minutes,” Ander Herrera said in his post-match reactions culled from sister site Griffe-2-foot.
11 minutes after his introduction the former Schalke 04 and Stoke City forward started an attacking action which ended with a goal from Brazilian defender Marquinhos who pounced on a cross from Neymar Junior.
Choupo-Moting then concluded his unforgettable cameo appearance with a 93rd minute goal to win the game for Thomas Tuchel’s team.
Ander thinks it was not a fluke citing Choupo-Moting’s attitude at work.
“His contract runs out soon but he is always ready to assist. He practices like it is the last in his life. I want to congratulate him,” Herrera concluded.
The goal was the erstwhile Hamburg man’s first Champions League goal PSG colors and took the Club to the competition’s semi final for the first time since 1995, on the night of the 50th anniversary of the Club.
The Choupo-Moting-PSG Champions League story of Wednesday evening in Lisbon depicts the tale of a ‘rejected stone becoming a corner stone’ giving that in January, upon qualification for the knock-out stage of the competition, Choupo-Moting was dropped from the PSG squad.
His departure from the Club was obvious to the extent that the player went as far as bidding farewell to the Club.
Edison Cavani’s departure forced PSG to bring him back Choupo-Moting into their squad for the remainder of the season only for him to climb off the bench and win it for the multiple French champions.
Choupo-Moting has demonstrated class throughout the preparation for the ongoing Champions League showdown in Lisbon.
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