PSG got eliminated on Wednesday by Manchester United, has written a new chapter in the history of incredible comebacks in the Champions League and, again, they were the victim, as against Barcelona in 2017.
An air of deja-vu and a shocking scenario, as PSG were knocked out on Wednesday by Manchester United (3-1 on the return) despite their lead (2-0 in the first leg ), again collapsed in the last moments of a crucial match, leaving for the third time in a row the Champions League in the last-16 stage.
“Excuse us, that’s the only word I can find right now, it’s hard to explain, to talk to sad supporters, to our families who are there,” said Captain Thiago Silva after the match. ” It’s unacceptable, we understand the anger of our supporters, again at the same time of the season, we made the same mistakes … It’s unacceptable to do the match we did,” responded Marquinhos. This is a new chapter in the history of incredible leaps in the Champions League, but this kind of heartbreak is not unknown to PSG.
The cruelest: PSG vs Manchester United (2-0, 3-1)
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 6, 2019
Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had pointed out the day before in the Champions League, “the results are sometimes strange”. He had to believe in the “strange” forces to hope for a feat for Man Utd, with a dozen players injured and Paul Pogba suspended, the “Red Devils” were nothing demonic when going against Paris, who had dominated the first leg ( 2-0).
But now, two errors from Kehrer and Buffon and a double from Lukaku (2nd, 30th) changed the situation. In the 12th minute, Bernat certainly reduced the score from a pass of Mbappe, who was mostly unrecognizable. But in the final seconds, the referee consulted the VAR to give a penalty late in the game from a handball of Kimpembe. PSG lost 3-1 and leave the Champions League for the third time in a row in the round of 16. It’s a nightmare, as Paris is the first team in the history of the Champions League to be eliminated despite a 2-0 away win in the first leg.
“We played the same game, and the same match, win or draw, we were the best team for 180 minutes,” lamented Thomas Tuchel, helpless. “I do not understand how we lost this match,” added PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
The most incredible: Barcelona-PSG (0-4, 6-1)
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 8, 2017
Against this PSG side, Barcelona produced the most epic comeback in football history in 2017, leaving the world in an absolute shock. Around two years ago, the Catalan club displayed a stunning performance to get past a Paris Saint-Germain side who arrived in the Camp Nou with a strong 4-0 first-leg advantage. Sergi Roberto was the man under the spotlight, scoring the golden goal in the 95th minute, to break PSG heart and turning the football world upside down. Never before has any team in Champions League history been able to overcome a 4-0 deficit, but the Blaugrana went against all odds and created the most tremendous comeback in football that will last for an eternity. After the match, the Camp Nou shook, and the rest of Europe trembled, too
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