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Mbappe's controversial penalty rescues PSG

Posted : 29 November 2023

In a dramatic turn of events, Kylian Mbappe secured a 1-1 draw for Paris St Germain against Newcastle United with a controversial penalty in deep stoppage time, maintaining PSG's control over their Champions League fate. Newcastle had taken the lead with Alexander Isak's tap-in in the first half, and despite a late surge from PSG, the visitors seemed poised for victory.


However, a contentious decision unfolded as the ball ricocheted off Newcastle's Tino Livramento's chest onto his elbow, leading to a VAR review and referee Szymon Marciniak awarding a penalty. Mbappe calmly converted the spot-kick in the eighth minute of stoppage time, salvaging a crucial point for PSG.


The penalty decision sparked uproar, with PSG players vehemently protesting for handball. Despite turning down a previous penalty claim, Marciniak, after VAR consultation, pointed to the spot, leaving Newcastle stunned. The late equalizer proved pivotal for PSG, preventing them from dropping to third place in the group. Luis Enrique's side, still not assured of progressing to the last 16, has seven points from five games and faces a decisive clash against already-qualified Borussia Dortmund in their final group game.


Newcastle, now with five points, faces AC Milan in their last group match, and both teams have a chance to finish second, depending on PSG's result against Borussia Dortmund. The controversial decision stirred emotions, with Newcastle manager Eddie Howe expressing disbelief, stating, "I'm still coming to terms with it. It hit his chest first. The referee is under pressure here with the crowd, and the pressure is extreme, and in the last seconds, he's given it."


The outcome leaves the Group F standings delicately poised, setting the stage for an intense final round of matches as teams vie for coveted spots in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.



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