Champions League: PSG, frustrated by Newcastle, postpone qualification

PSG tried, Newcastle resisted. At the Parc des Princes, Paris were frustrated by Newcastle (1-1) despite a clear domination. The Parisians salvaged a point from the draw thanks to a late goal from Kylian Mbappé from the penalty spot and keep their destiny in their own hands for the final match of the group stage against Dortmund.

Kylian Mbappe (C) and Goncalo Ramos react in front of England goalkeeper Nick Pope during the UEFA Champions League matchday 5, Group F match between PSG and Newcastle United on November 28, 2023 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP - FRANCK FIFE

By: Yohann Le Coz Follow


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In the first leg, PSG left Newcastle slightly humiliated. On Tuesday, November 28, after the second leg of Group F of the Champions League between the two clubs, the players from the capital were completely frustrated (1-1). First by their opponents of the evening, who were able to resist for a long time by defending very deep, then by their own clumsiness, which cost them an automatic qualification for the knockout rounds.

Paris had started strong, stronger than the Magpies. From the outset in the opponent's half, the players from the capital created several clear chances at the start of the game, such as Fabian Ruiz's off-target volley (4′), or Kylian Mbappé who, on a backheel after a cross from Achraf Hakimi, came up against an excellent Nick Pope.

In the end, it was PSG themselves who betrayed themselves. Or rather, his goalkeeper. Gianluigi Donnarumma, who had already made a risky pass that gave Alexander Isak a huge chance in the middle of the first half, missaved a shot from Almiron that he should have taken, directly at the feet of the Swedish striker. The latter wasted no time in opening the scoring (24′).

A one-sided second half

A goal that didn't change the complexion of the match. Luis Enrique's men continued to dominate proceedings, more intensely as the minutes ticked by. A few metres from the line, sometimes from close range, Bradley Barcola, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé successively came up against a miraculous Nick Pope or missed the target in a rather incomprehensible way.

Lacking total success, it was finally VAR that came to the rescue of the Parisians in the eight minutes of added time awarded by the refereeing body. A hand from Livramento after a Dembélé centre forced Szymon Marciniak, the referee of the evening not always tender with the champions of France, to indicate the penalty spot. In the end, it was Mbappé who delivered the Parc des Princes without trembling. Fortunately for Paris, who, with this point from the draw, keep their destiny in their own hands: they will have to win in Dortmund to secure qualification and first place in the group on December 13.

Results and programme of the 5th day

Tuesday, November 28

Group E

SS Lazio-Celtic FC 2-0

Feyenoord Club-Atlético de Madrid 1-3

Group F

AC Milan-Borussia Dortmund 1-3

Paris Saint-Germain-Newcastle United FC 1-1

Group G

Manchester City-RB Leipzig 3-2

BSC Young Boys-FK Crvena Zvezda 2-0

Group H

FC Shakhtar Donetsk-Royal Antwerp FC 1-0

FC Barcelona-FC Porto 2-1

Wednesday, November 29

Group A

Galatasaray AS-Manchester United 

FC Bayern Munich-FC Copenhagen

Group B

Sevilla FC-PSV Eindhoven

Arsenal FC-RC Lens

Group C

SC Braga-1. FC Union Berlin 

Real Madrid CF-SSC Napoli

Group D

Real Sociedad de Futbol-FC Salzburg 

SL Benfica-FC Internazionale Milan 

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