Paris Saint-Germain superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe led their teammates to mock Erling Haaland after knocking out Borussia Dortmund from the Champions League and qualifying for the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win.
PSG overturned a 2-1 defeat in Germany in the first leg by beating Dortmund 2-0 in the return leg which was played behind closed doors at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night. Last month, Haaland scored a brace and celebrated the second goal with his favorite celebration. The Norwegian international sat down in a meditation pose on the field and his teammates rushed to join him.
Neymar scored early in the 28th minute at an empty Parc des Princes on Wednesday night and imitated Haalaad’s celebration on the sideline after embracing his team-mates. The Brazilian further added that to Dortmund’s problem when he frustrated Emre Can in the closing stages as the German midfielder saw red for becoming embroiled in an off-field scuffle.
At the end of the match, Neymar and PSG squad continued to taunt Haaland. They gathered on the pitch and posed for a group photo using Haaland’s meditation pose.
A viral video showed Mbappe and the PSG players continue celebrating in the dressing room with Haaland’s move. PSG players later went out to a balcony on the stadium and celebrated with thousands of fans who had gathered outside the stadium. Left-back Layvin Kurzawa even went out of the stadium to be with the fans.
After Neymar’s stunt, fans on Twitter couldn’t get enough of the “pettiness”.
One wrote: “Neymar going the petty route by doing the Haaland celebration.”
Another tweeted: “Just seen that Neymar made his version of Haaland’s celebration looooool.”
A third added: “Hahahahaha Neymar mocking Haaland you love to see it.”
And Neymar was clearly in a playful mood in the evening in the French capital.
Ahead of the game, the Brazilian applauded an empty stadium – with the game behind played behind closed doors due to fears over coronavirus.
PSG have now qualified for the Champions League final eight for the first time in four years, after they were dumped out in the round of 16 by Barcelona and Manchester United in two of the last three campaigns.
The Parisians are runaway leaders in Ligue 1, leading the table with a 12-point advantage. The defending champions also have a game in hand over second-placed Marseille. PSG will play their next league game against Nice on Sunday, with the game also to be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus issue.