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Dramatic Draw: PSG vs. Newcastle in Champions League Group F

 Dramatic Draw: PSG vs. Newcastle in Champions League Group F

PSG coach Luis Enrique talks to Kylian Mbappe
PSG coach Luis Enrique talks to Kylian Mbappe of PSG (left) following the UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Newcastle United FC at Parc des Princes stadium on November 28, 2023 in Paris, France.(Image-Getty) 

In a tightly contested Group F, the Champions League draw unfolded as anticipated, with Paris St Germain (PSG) navigating their destiny delicately. Manager Luis Enrique experienced a breath of relief when Kylian Mbappe converted a penalty in the eighth minute of stoppage time, securing a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United. The latter had been on the verge of a significant upset after Alexander Isak's first-half goal.

Newcastle valiantly defended their lead until Tino Livramento was controversially penalized for a handball, leading to Mbappe's crucial equalizer. This draw positioned PSG in second place with seven points, trailing the already-qualified Borussia Dortmund by three points. The upcoming clash with Dortmund will determine PSG's fate in the last-16, where a win is imperative, but even a loss might see them through due to the group's intricate dynamics.

For Newcastle, securing second place requires a victory against seven-time European champions Milan, coupled with PSG not winning their final match. Milan, too, can advance with a triumph at St James' Park. Luis Enrique acknowledged the complexity, emphasizing the need to focus on their performance against Dortmund.

Despite PSG's 31 goal attempts, they faced a resilient Newcastle side. Enrique expressed frustration at missed opportunities but believed in their ability to progress. Meanwhile, Newcastle, nursing a sense of injustice, showcased heroics from players like keeper Nick Pope and 17-year-old midfielder Lewis Miley. Manager Eddie Howe, though disappointed, remained optimistic about their chances against Milan, recognizing the significance of still being in contention in their return to the Champions League. The controversial penalty decision, criticized by some, did not dampen Howe's confidence in Newcastle's potential last-16 qualification.

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