Marcus Rashford converted a 94th-minute penalty as Manchester United completed a historic comeback to snatch a place in the quarter-finals from Paris Saint-Germain’s grasp.
No side had ever recovered a 2-0 home defeat in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages but Romelu Lukaku’s goal inside two minutes set the visitors on course for a famous triumph.
For Paris it brings back painful raw memories of Barcelona’s famous ‘remontada’ two years ago. Juan Bernat’s reply restored a sense of calm but an uncharacteristic fumble from Gianluigi Buffon let Lukaku in for his second on the half-hour mark.
Still PSG rarely looked troubled at the back, Bernat hitting the post at the other end, before deep into added time when Presnel Kimpembe was adjudged to have handled following consultation with VAR. Rashford did the rest.
Fact You Need To Know! Manchester United are the first side in European Cup history to overturn a 2-0 home defeat in the knockout stages. Manchester United are through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2014, a four-year absence.
United are through after a comeback to rank among the club’s very finest – and they’re hardly short of those. So much credit goes to Solskjær and his charges for making this a contest to begin with, and then pulling off a result almost no one predicted. As for Paris, yet another round of recriminations is set to commence. Thomas Tuchel clearly hasn’t got their knack for European collapses out of their system yet.
Rashford showed incredible composure from the penalty spot in second-half stoppage time, but United wouldn’t have been in that position had it not been for Lukaku, whose third double in as many appearances laid the foundations. The Belgian didn’t have many opportunities but made the most of the chances that came his way to help clinch the Red Devils’ place in the last eight.
Paris Saint-Germain 1-3 Manchester United Match Details
Paris Saint-Germain: Buffon; Kehrer (Paredes 70), Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Marquinhos, Verratti, Draxler (Meunier 70); Alves (Cavani 90), Di María, Mbappe.
Subs not used: Areola, Cavani, Choupo-Moting, Kurzawa, Dagba.
Scorer: Bernat 12.
Booked: Di Maria, Paredes.
Manchester United: De Gea; Bailly (Dalot 35), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Young, McTominay, Fred, A.Pereira (Chong 80); Rashford, Lukaku.
Subs not used: Romero, Rojo, Garner, Gomes.
Scorers: Lukaku 2, 30, Rashford pen 90.
What Next For Manchester United ?
Manchester United will be travelling away to Emirates Stadium, London to face Arsenal on Sunday, 10th March 2019 as the race to EPL top 4 continues.