Champions League - Round of 16 - 2nd Leg
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Manchester United win on away goals

Champions League: PSG 1-3 Man Utd (agg: 3-3)

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Man Utd can go all the way - Solskjaer

Marcus Rashford scored a nerveless injury-time penalty as Manchester United staged an incredible comeback to beat Paris St-Germain on away goals and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Rashford thumped home the VAR-awarded spot-kick in the 94th minute after Diogo Dalot's speculative shot struck Presnel Kimpembe on the arm.

The odds were stacked against United in Paris, but they became the first team in Champions League and European Cup history, at the 107th time of asking, to overcome a 2-0 or greater home first-leg deficit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's visitors got the perfect start thanks to Romelu Lukaku's opportunist strike after two minutes, the Belgium striker latching on to Thilo Kehrer's blind backpass and finding the net.

PSG equalised on the night to move 3-1 ahead on aggregate when Kylian Mbappe fed a pass to the unmarked Juan Bernat, who slotted home at the back post.

The hosts then had a succession of chances, with makeshift right-back Eric Bailly enduring a torrid time in his 35 minutes on the pitch, before injury saw him replaced by Dalot.

Unable to capitalise, PSG were punished when veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon spilled Rashford's long-range shot and Lukaku converted United's second.

The game appeared to be petering out to its conclusion before Dalot's speculative long-range strike hit the arm of the unfortunate Kimpembe, and after a long delay while the referee consulted his pitch-side monitor, Rashford's ice-cool penalty sealed a remarkable win.

The draw for the quarter-finals takes place on Friday, 15 March.

Marcus Rashford scores for Manchester United
Rashford had never previously taken a penalty in a competitive game for Manchester United

Incredible late drama in Paris

United were heading out at the last-16 stage for the second consecutive season when France defender Kimpembe's block from Dalot's shot deflected away for a corner.

But before it could be taken Slovenian referee Damir Skomina consulted with the VAR before coming to the side of the pitch to review the incident on the monitor.

Players waited anxiously on the pitch and Kimpembe slumped with his head in his hands when the penalty was finally awarded, before Rashford stepped up to smash the ball high beyond the reach of Buffon.

United had to survive until the game's 100th minute before joyously celebrating a famous Champions League victory in front of their boisterous travelling support at the final whistle.

Defeat horrible and cruel for PSG - Tuchel

Solskjaer's side roll back the years

The result came 20 years on from United's most memorable triumph when they claimed the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, the latter after Solskjaer's own injury-time winner in the final against Bayern Munich.

The Norwegian has overseen a remarkable turnaround which has seen the side collect 14 victories from 17 games in all competitions, including away wins at Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and now PSG.

The former United striker has not only brought back the smiles to a side that was so abject before Christmas, but done so with outstanding tactical awareness and without the services of 10 first-team players.

Paul Pogba's red card in the first leg meant he sat out the game alongside the nine injured players, so Bailly was given a start at right-back. However, the Ivorian turned in a wretched performance and was caught out of position time and time again.

An apparent injury to Bailly allowed Solskjaer to rectify this by bringing on Dalot and United looked much more solid thereafter.

Chris Smalling was superb at the back, contributing seven clearances and three interceptions alongside the unflappable Victor Lindelof, while midfielders Scott McTominay and Fred stood up magnificently against opposite numbers Marco Verratti and Marquinhos.

And up front, the often maligned Lukaku worked tirelessly and took his tally to 15 for the season with two well-taken finishes.

United have now won nine straight away games under Solskjaer and reached the last eight for the first time since 2014.

It now seems a case of when, not if, Solskjaer is named permanent manager.

PSG collapse in the last 16 - again

Paris St-Germain players
PSG suffered their first home defeat this season

It was a familiar feeling for French powerhouses PSG, who may be 17 points clear at the top of their domestic league but once again demonstrated a lack of mental fortitude to see out a tie in which they were heavy favourites.

Only two seasons ago, they beat Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg at this same stage only to crumble to a 6-1 defeat in the second leg at the Nou Camp.

Wednesday's result represents a first home defeat of the season for Thomas Tuchel's side and ends their eight-game winning streak in all competitions.

At 3-2 up on aggregate, PSG laid siege to David de Gea's goal but crucially spurned gilt-edged to kill the tie off. Dani Alves smashed over, Mbappe hit a shot into the side-netting, Bernat fired straight at De Gea and Angel di Maria drive flashed agonisingly wide, all before half-time.

United held their shape in the second half, having just 27.6% possession, and rode their luck when Bernat struck the foot of the post on 83 minutes.

Needing a goal, youth team player Tahith Chong was sent on for his first Champions League appearance and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood for his first-team debut, but it was another academy product in Rashford who stepped up to send them through, courtesy of VAR's dramatic late intervention.

Super Solskjaer - the stats

  • PSG conceded with three of the four shots on target they faced in this game and have been eliminated at the last 16 stage in each of the last three Champions League seasons.
  • Romelu Lukaku's first goal after 111 seconds was Man Utd's fastest in a Champions League knockout match since Wayne Rooney scored after 63 seconds against Bayern Munich in March 2010.
  • Since the start of last season, the only Premier League players to score more goals in all competitions than Man Utd's Romelu Lukaku (42) are Mo Salah (64), Harry Kane (64) and Sergio Aguero (55).
  • Marcus Rashford's winning penalty was the first he has ever taken in a competitive match for Manchester United.
  • PSG have lost seven of their last 12 Champions League knockout matches (W4 D1), including each of their last two at the Parc des Princes.
  • Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first match in charge on 22 December, only Manchester City (15) have won more matches in all competitions than Man Utd (14) among teams in the top five European leagues.
  • Manchester United have now scored in 21 consecutive away matches in all competitions, equalling the club record set between November 1956 and September 1957 under Sir Matt Busby.
  • Mason Greenwood became the youngest player to appear for Manchester United in the Champions League, aged 17 years and 156 days, breaking the record held by Gerard Pique (17y 310d).



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Buffon
  • 4KehrerSubstituted forParedesat 70'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 13Alves da SilvaSubstituted forCavaniat 90+5'minutes
  • 5MarquinhosBooked at 90mins
  • 6Verratti
  • 14Bernat
  • 23DraxlerSubstituted forMeunierat 70'minutes
  • 11Di MaríaBooked at 34mins
  • 7Mbappé


  • 8Paredes
  • 9Cavani
  • 12Meunier
  • 16Areola
  • 17Choupo-Moting
  • 20Kurzawa
  • 31Dagba

Man Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1De Gea
  • 3BaillySubstituted forDalotat 36'minutes
  • 12Smalling
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 23ShawBooked at 90mins
  • 18YoungSubstituted forGreenwoodat 87'minutes
  • 39McTominay
  • 17Fred
  • 15PereiraSubstituted forChongat 80'minutes
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10Rashford


  • 16Rojo
  • 20Dalot
  • 22Romero
  • 37Garner
  • 44Chong
  • 47Gomes
  • 54Greenwood
Damir Skomina

Match Stats

Home TeamPSGAway TeamMan Utd
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 1, Manchester United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 1, Manchester United 3.

  3. Booking

    Luke Shaw (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

  6. Post update

    Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Mason Greenwood (Manchester United).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Chris Smalling.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Edinson Cavani replaces Dani Alves.

  10. Booking

    Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Paris Saint Germain 1, Manchester United 3. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    VAR: Penalty Kick. Referee decision on field cancelled.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match (Paris Saint Germain). Video Review.

  15. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint Germain) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Mason Greenwood replaces Ashley Young.

  18. Post update

    Juan Bernat (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Diogo Dalot (Manchester United).

  20. Post update

    Juan Bernat (Paris Saint Germain) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.


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