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Beraldo to start for PSG in UCL semifinal tilt against Dortmund

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PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain coach Luis Enrique selected Lucas Beraldo in central defense against Borussia Dortmund for the second leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Brazilian lacks experience at the highest level but was chosen ahead of former Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar and Danilo, who were both on the bench as PSG looked to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Germany.

Beraldo replaces France defender Lucas Hernandez, who tore an ACL last week just as PSG had stabilized the heart of its defense with the pairing of Marquinhos and Hernandez.

Kylian Mbappé is on the left of PSG's attack with Gonçalo Ramos at center forward and Ousmane Dembelé.

Niclas Füllkrug, who scored last week, spearheads Dortmund's attack and is flanked by Jadon Sancho and Karim Adeyemi.

The winner faces either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the June 1 final at Wembley Stadium. They drew 2-2 in the first leg and play Wednesday.


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