Manchester United beat PSG 3-1 to qualify for Champions League quarter-finals


Manchester United have qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals after dramatically beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at the Parc des Princes.

Romelu Lukaku scored a first-half brace to give United hope, before Marcus Rashford scored with a controversial late penalty at the death.

This was a performance that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club’s fans can be immensely proud of.

United were without a number of first-team players for Wednesday night’s match and very few people thought they stood a chance.

Even the bookmakers were offering odds of around 20/1 for United to progress prior to kick-off.

But Solskjaer’s side made the perfect start when Lukaku scored is first of the night in just the second minute. The in-form Belgian striker rounded Gianluigi Buffon before slotting into the empty net.

However, United’s lead was short-lived. Poor defending - particularly from the disappointing Eric Bailly - saw Juan Bernat tap in the equaliser at the back-post 10 minutes later.

United went into the half-time with a 2-1 lead, though, when Gianluigi Buffon spilled Marcus Rashford’s long-range effort. The 41-year-old’s mistake was punished by Lukaku, who tapped home his second goal of the night.

The 25-year-old has now scored more goals in the past eight days than Alexis Sanchez has managed in his entire spell at Old Trafford.

Angel Di Maria thought he’d levelled the scores against his former club in the 55th minute after chipping the ball over David de Gea, but the Argentine winger’s goal was disallowed for offside.

Had it been allowed, it would have been one of the best assists of the season from Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe spurned another great chance to put PSG 4-2 up on aggregate in the closing stages and United scored their third of the night after Diogo Dalot's shot led to a controversial penalty for Marcus Rashford, who made no mistake from 12 yards.

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