The game: 2-1
Like OM, eliminated Tuesday from all European competitions at the last second, PSG saw the first place in their group in the Champions League slip through their fingers also in the last moments. However, he won this Wednesday in Turin against Juventus (2-1). But as at the same time, Benfica managed a card against Maccabi in Haifa (6-1), this narrow success was not enough to allow the champions of France to retain the head of group H. It is finally at the number of goals scored away from home (9 against 6) in this group stage that the Lisboètes are ahead of the Parisians.
In a balanced first period, launched by a brilliant solo goal from Kylian Mbappé (13th), his seventh in the event – which allows him to join Mohamed Salah at the top of the scoring charts -, Paris was joined in the score before half-time on Juve’s first shot on target by Leonardo Bonucci, on a good header from Juan Cuadrado (39th). Relatively balanced, the debates once again turned to their advantage in the second half thanks to the entry of Nuno Mendes, scorer in stride (see below69th).
Even if they still conceded a goal and often lacked imagination, in the absence of Neymar, suspended, the players of Christophe Galtier thought they had done what was necessary. But that was without counting on a hellish finish from their Portuguese rivals in Israel. Two goals from Araujo (88th) and especially Joao Mario in added time (90th +2) tipped the evening into the irrational. Warned on the bench of the scenario, Galtier, Verratti and co became aware of the consequences. Monday (at 12 p.m.), during the draw for the round of 16, they risk inheriting a completely different opponent. Within seconds.
The player: Nuno Mendes, the winning entry
Launched into play in the second half in place of Juan Bernat (68th), Nuno Mendes only needed 34 seconds to be decisive. After recovering a first ball, the Portuguese left side, launched by Mbappé in depth and faster than Cuadrado, went to beat Szczesny with a cross shot (69th), to offer victory to PSG. An action that symbolized the winning coaching of Christophe Galtier, while his team seemed without solution and badly embarked. Insufficient nevertheless to ensure the first place in Paris.
Kylian Mbappé became the youngest player in history to score 40 Champions League goals, at the age of 23 years and 10 months, ahead of Lionel Messi (24 years and 4 months) and Raul Gonzalez (25 years and 258 days).