Without being catastrophic, PSG was eliminated from the round 16 at an advanced stage (1-3). The champions of France lived the worst scenario tonight.
This was to be the match of the confirmation, the one that would allow the Parisians to bend even more the chest and assert themselves as candidates for the coronation of the continent. It has not happened.
During this second duel with the Mancunians, Thomas Tuchel’s players were too fragile behind to hope for a one-sided evening. Worse, and while they thought they could get by anyway and qualify through the little door, they saw the spell turn their backs on them. In the final moments of the match, a hand from Presnel Kimpembe caused a penalty following the use of the VAR. And this one was fatal, plunging the Park in a deep disarray.
Was there a worst possible scenario for Paris? Certainly not. Because, and contrary to what had been the case two years ago against Barcelona, Paris was not ridiculous. Admittedly, the second period was not as removed as the first but at no time of the game the French were inferior to their opponents. And that is why elimination is even harder to digest.