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Champions League: Kylian Mbappe, PSG leave for Borussia Dortmund


There will be no fairytale ending for Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain. A goal from Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels was enough to beat PSG 1-0 in the French capital on Tuesday and send the visitors into next month's UEFA Champions League final. After a one-goal victory over Germany last week, Dortmund won the two-leg, home and home, 2-1 series on aggregate. Mbappe is expected to leave his hometown club, which is desperate to win club football's most coveted title for the first time this summer.

BVB will face either record 14-time European champions Real Madrid or arch-rivals Bayern Munich in the final at London's Wembley Stadium on June 1. Real and Bayern will play the final game of their two-legged series in Spain on Wednesday. The two teams played out a thrilling 2-2 tie in Munich last week.

Here are a few quick thoughts on Tuesday's contest.

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After a goalless first half, Hummels scored five minutes after the break. The big center back rose above PSG defender Lucas Beraldo to head Julian Brandt's corner kick past Gianluigi Donnarumma at the home backstop, doubling Dortmund's overall advantage:

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Hummels' backbreaking goal. Two goals down on aggregate against a team that was already more than happy to sit back and nurse its slim lead, PSG were forced to throw caution to the wind and numbers in a sudden attack. They need a quick response. Try as they might, though Mbappé & Co. Couldn't get any closer to keeping their title dreams alive.

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PSG dominated in numbers, controlling 70 percent of the possession and sending an astonishing 30 shots on target for the visitors. But the key statistic here is four, as the Parisians managed four shots past Dortmund keeper Gregor Kobel but not his post or crossbar. The hosts hit the woodwork four times in the second half, including a header from Mbappe in the 86th minute.

What's next for Borussia Dortmund?

The Black and Yellows are back in the Champions League final for the first time in 11 years. Dortmund lost that match, also at Wembley, to Bayern. BVB were the underdogs that day, and will be again in England regardless of which global titan emerges from the other side of the bracket.

Reaching the grand final is a big win for the Dortmund side, who have returned to fifth place in Germany's top division. Yet now that they've made it this far, coach Edin Terzic and his players are unlikely to be satisfied with being bridesmaids. Last season, BVB blew the chance to win its first Bundesliga title in more than a decade in the final game of the campaign, handing Bayern its 11th consecutive crown in the process. Anything can happen in 90 minutes. If Dortmund can somehow overturn what happened last term in the next month and win the Champions League for the first time since 1997, it will be a redemption story for the ages.

What's next for Paris Saint-Germain?

Almost certainly a future without France's favorite son. Under deep-pocketed Qatari ownership, PSG are throwing money at the biggest stars in planet football in the hope of claiming that coveted first continental crown. David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and even Lionel Messi have come and gone without checking that box. World Cup winner Mbappe now looks set to follow his predicted destination with Real.

Mbappe no doubt hoped to secure his legacy with PSG by handing them the trophy on his way out the door. But after a superb performance in the comeback win against Barcelona in the quarter-finals, he could not duplicate this time in both legs. Maybe that was the difference in the end.

Doug McIntyre is a soccer writer for Fox Sports. Before joining Fox Sports in 2021, he was a staff writer for ESPN and Yahoo Sports and covered United States Men's and Women's National Teams in multiple FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @By DougMcIntyre.

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