After a dramatic match, RB Leipzig has managed to get into the semi-finals with two Hungarian players. They have made history, as no Hungarian footballer has ever reached this far in the most prestigious European club football tournament.
Thursday evening, in the second quarter final, Atlético Madrid played against RB Leipzig. After PSG defeated Atalanta on Wednesday, the target of the match was to decide who would play against the French.
Atlético Madrid fought its way to the quarter finals by defeating last year’s champion (Liverpool), while the team of RB Leipzig with Péter Gulácsi and (nationalized) Willi Orban defeated Tottenham Hotspur – last year’s other finalist.
Gulácsi was in the starting eleven as goalkeeper, while Orban was a substitute, following his recovery. RB Leipzig won the match (2-1), so they will play against PSG on the 18th of August, 9pm CET.
No Hungarian football player has ever played in the Champions League semi-finals- Gulácsi and Orban are the first ones to set this record. The last (and only) players to reach the quarter finals were Csaba Fehér in 2007 with PSV Eindhoven, and János Hrutka in 1999 with 1. FC Kaiserslautern; both, however, failed to reach the semi-final.
Gulácsi and Orban won’t be the only Hungarians in the semi-final, however, as French star club PSG’s assistant coach is the former defender Zsolt Lőw.
Featured image: although he couldn’t save this one, Gulácsi wrote history; via MTI/EPA/Pool/Miguel A. Lopes