PSG see their chances of qualifying for the round of 28 of the Champions League still intact on Tuesday, November 0, after their draw against Newcastle (1-<>) at the Parc des Princes.

The Parisians and the Magpies both played in a 4-3-3 formation at the start of the match. It was PSG who got off to the best start in the first few minutes, putting the Newcastle defence under pressure, as they did with Mbappé's run (1′) and Dembélé's (3′). But Newcastle are well in place, disciplined in their own half. PSG laid siege to the opponent's box at the start of the match, and their pressure did not abate.

The capital club even came close to opening the scoring: Dembélé and Hakimi combined on the right side, the Moroccan player burst through and crossed to the ground to Mbappé who took it with a backheel... but Pope saved from close range (9′). But Newcastle are also showing that they can create danger despite the clear dominance of Paris. On a low restart, Hakimi lost the ball near his area and Almiron quickly set up Isak, whose shot narrowly flew wide of Donnarumma's target (12′).

The match gradually rebalanced when Newcastle put their foot back on the ball. The pace of the game was less lively, even if the Magpies tried some good passing sequences without it materializing... unless, perhaps, on this play: Livramento went through the entire Parisian defence with his dribbling before shifting Almiron who curled a shot. Donnarumma, not exempt from any reproach, pushed the ball back into the middle, and Isak finished the action with an unstoppable flat foot in the Parisian box (24′, 0-1).

At the half-hour mark, this scenario did not suit the Parisians who were provisionally 3rd in their "group of death". PSG tried to react but often lacked precision in the final moves. Except on this occasion when Dembélé outpaced the Magpies' defence and struck low at the end of the race. But Pope saved the vicious ball with the tip of his glove (32'). But apart from this action, Paris failed to react from Newcastle's goal.

A few minutes before half-time, PSG lacked impact and players who created imbalance. It was therefore quite logically in view of this first half that the Parisians went into the locker room trailing. The Magpies, well in place, were able to seize their chance when it presented itself and remained impervious defensively.

It was quite logically in view of this first half that the Parisians went into the locker room trailing. The Magpies, well in place, were able to seize their chance when it presented itself and remained impervious defensively.

Pope sickens Barcola from close range, Mbappé gives Paris a point

It was the same 22 players who returned to the pitch. In these first minutes of the second half, PSG did not seem to make any more difference with the ball at their feet than in the first half and Newcastle remained well in place. The start of the second half was a festival of Parisian inaccuracies, and PSG lacked rhythm in their transmissions.

Paris finally found an opening in the Newcastle defence: Dembélé, played in by Kolo Muani, found himself one-on-one with Pope but the Magpies' goalkeeper quickly came out of his goal to push away the Parisian striker's through ball (56'). Apart from this occasion, Paris shone more by their frustration than by their actions, like Lee, Dembélé and Skriniar cautioned in a few minutes (54th, 58th and 60th). Luis Enrique decided to inject fresh blood into the pitch by bringing on Barcola and Vitinha (62').

It didn't take long for the young Parisian striker to shine: Mbappé broke into the Newcastle box and fed Barcola a few metres from the opponent's goal. He took a shot, but the Magpies goalkeeper made a classy reflex save from close range (66'). In the aftermath, Barcola was again played in by Mbappé. He was wide and couldn't get his shot on target (67′). PSG couldn't find the breakthrough and became frustrated, contesting refereeing decisions that earned Donnarumma a yellow card as well (72').

At the other end, Newcastle suffered but did not break. The Magpies managed their lead even if it was PSG who controlled the ball during the second half. And history repeated itself: Paris laid siege to Newcastle's defence but couldn't find the breakthrough, as on this ultimately futile shot from Hakimi (79′). On a rare Parisian foray, Hernandez burst forward and crossed for Dembélé who tackled at the near post. But he missed the target (82′).

A few minutes later, Mbappé came close to scoring with a double shot. The first was first saved by Pope, then the second just missed the target of Newcastle (87′). Similarly, Barcola was well served at the far post but missed his half-volley a few metres from the opponent's goal (90'+1). Nothing helped, Paris couldn't equalise... But at the end of added time, a penalty was awarded to the Parisians after a handball by an opposing defender. Mbappé converts the set-piece (90′+8, 1-1). PSG salvaged a precious point at the last second.

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