What a rebound! That is a standout amongst the most shocking things I have seen on a football pitch. Manchester United are the only team to lose the home leg 2-0 and still advancement in the Champions League.
The Parc des Princes is staggered. Mbappe is sad as he utilizes his arms to cover his eyes while lying on the turf. United players and staff dash over to the pitch United fans who are going absolutely wild in the little corner of the ground.
Paris Saint Germain hearts were broken in the most recent minutes in the French capital, as Manchester United opened home a last-gasp discipline conceded by VAR.
It was United who would break the deadlock in the tie, Romelu Lukaku harrying the PSG defence and rounding the goalkeeper and finishing from a tight angle following an early mistake inside three minutes.
The home side struck back after Kylian Mbappe fashioned a chance for Juan Bernat, however Lukaku was lurking once more to restore United’s lead after a blunder from the legendary Gianluigi Buffon in goal.
Drama spilled over in added time, as Diogo Dalot’s shot was deemed to have been handled in the area, as the referee consulted VAR and Marcus Rashford stepped up to convert from 12-yards.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
PSG (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Kehrer (Parades 70′), Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Verratti, Marquinhos; Dani Alves, Draxler (Meunier 70′), Di Maria; Mbappe
Subs: Areola, Cavani, Choupo-Moting, Kurzawa, Dagba
Booked: Di Maria, Parades
Goal: Bernat 12
Man Utd (5-2-3): De Gea, Shaw, Bailly (Dalot 36′), Smalling, Lindelof, Young (Greenwood 87′); Fred, McTominay; Pereira (Chong 80′), Lukaku, Rashford.
Subs: Romero, Rojo, Garner, Gomes
Goals: Lukaku 2, 30, Rashford 90+4(pen)
PSG having spent the opening minutes knocking the ball about as if engaged in a training exercise – and not a greatly energised one – it was his dreadful back pass that allowed United’s striker to run on goal, slipping the ball past Buffon as he scurried from his line in a desperate attempt to avoid calamity. The damage done, however, for the next 28 minutes or so PSG dominated.
Bailly was giving Kehrer a run for his money as the worst right back on the field and, when Kylian Mbappe is around, every error, every moment of uncertainty is potentially fatal.
For PSG’s equaliser, Mbappe capitalised on a moment of hesitation on the flank from Luke Shaw, hitting a deep cross which was met by Juan Bernat, moving past Bailly who appeared mystifyingly unaware of the danger. In the period that followed the tie could have been lost. Dani Alves, Bernat and Angel di Maria all came close, before the strangest thing happened. PSG conceded again.
Rashford hit an ambitious shot from 30 yards which, frankly, wasn’t up to much and for that reason ended up pitching on the skiddy surface – the visitors having brought the weather with them – directly in front of Buffon. He must have seen a thousand like it but, this one, he spilled – and Lukaku was on hand to score again.
United’s luck continued. In the 35th minute, Bailly, who had taken a knock a little earlier, felt unable to continue and was replaced by Dalot. That changed the game.
PSG only threatened once after, when Bernat hit a post. It was a fabulous team display. At the end, Manchester United’s players ran towards their fans in celebration. Chris Smalling kicked the match ball towards the away end, and it missed.
This is the group Solskjaer steered past PSG and a two-goal start. Seriously, what is keeping them?