Thursday Aug 13, 2020. 12:00
Cameroon captain Eric Choupo-Moting was handed the Man of the Match award by his Paris Saint Germain (PSG) teammate Neymar on Wednesday night.
Choupo-Moting, 31, proved to be a super-sub as he came off the bench to score the winning goal as PSG defeated Italy’s Atalanta 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match.
Brazilians superstar Neymar was named the Man of the Match, but he handed the accolade to Choupo-Moting, who had played only 11 minutes of the game.
The experienced African forward was praised by his PSG teammate Ander Herrera with Choupo-Moting set to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of their Champions League campaign.
“Choupo played an incredible 10 minutes. I absolutely want to talk about him,” Herrera told RMC Sport.
“He’s going to finish his contract but he’s there, he’s ready to help, he always does training as if it was the last training of his life. “
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel also lauded the former Stoke City player and he disclosed that he never doubted the ability of the striker.
“It was a great opportunity for him tonight to be with us, I had confidence in him, it was his time to do great things. He was exceptional,” Tuchel said.
“I know he’s a good player, who can come in and make a difference. He’s strong in the one-on-one and tonight he brought good energy.”