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Man U stun PSG 3-1 to reach CL last eight

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2019 | 12:16 AM
Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Champions League round of 16, second-leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, yesterday.
Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Champions League round of 16, second-leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, yesterday.

PARIS (AP):

Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty sent Manchester United through to the Champions League quarter-finals yesterday, securing a 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg.

Referee Damir Skomina awarded the penalty after a lengthy video review that showed defender Presnel Kimpembe jumping up to block Diogo Dalot’s shot with his elbow. Rashford kept his nerve, blasting the ball past Gianluigi Buffon to send the United fans to his left into raptures.

“The kid is fearless. He’s got no doubt. Slotted it in. Brilliant,” United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “I hope (the penalty) was the right decision.”

United has yet to confirm whether Solskjaer will get the job on a full-time basis, despite completely transforming the side after replacing Jose Mourinho.

As they sprinted to celebrate with their fans at the final whistle, Kimpembe lay flat on the ground for several moments as a stunned Parc des Princes crowd looked on in disbelief.

VAR Factor

VAR played a key part in the night’s other match, too. Alex Telles scored a penalty in extra time to send Porto into the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory over Roma, overturning a one-goal deficit from the first leg. He converted the spot kick after Alessandro Florenzi had been penalised following a review.

United had only a slim chance after losing 2-0 at home in the first leg of the last-16 match, with Solskjaer’s task made even harder by the fact that 10 of his players were either injured or suspended. That included midfielder Paul Pogba, who was sent off at Old Trafford. United had only a slim chance after losing 2-0 at home in the first leg of the last-16 match, with Solskjaer’s task made even harder by the fact that 10 of his players were either injured or suspended. That included midfielder Paul Pogba, who was sent off at Old Trafford.

United were handed an immediate lifeline when PSG gifted United striker Romelu Lukaku a second-minute opening goal, before equalising through left back Juan Bernat in the 12th. He turned in a cross at the back post after Kylian Mbappe got behind United’s static defence.

Then, later, the hugely experienced Buffon spilled a low shot from Rashford and Lukaku turned in the rebound for a 2-1 United lead.