Agency, 7 March : Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty has sent Manchester United through to the Champions League quarterfinals, securing a 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg.
United had only a slim chance after losing 2-0 at home in the first leg of the last-16 match, with coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s task made even harder by the fact that 10 of his players were either injured or suspended. That included midfielder Paul Pogba, who was sent off at Old Trafford.
But Solskjaer, who scored an injury-time winner when United won the tournament in 1999, oversaw more late drama 20 years later. It was the first time in Champions League history that a team lost the first leg at home by a two-goal margin and still went through.
United was handed an immediate lifeline when PSG gifted United striker Romelu Lukaku a second-minute opening goal, before equalizing through left back Juan Bernat in the 12th.
But hosts’ dominance was undone on the half hour as they gifted United a second, the wet conditions playing their part as Rashford’s dipping 25-yard strike was spilled by Buffon into the path of Lukaku, who needed no invitation to double his tally.
Then came the drama. Dalot’s hopeful shot from 25 yards looked to have been deflected behind for a corner off Kimpembe – who scored PSG’s opener in the first leg – until referee Skomina was advised to refer to VAR.
After a lengthy consultation, he pointed to the spot and Rashford thundered his spot-kick past Buffon to complete the most remarkable turnaround in recent Champions League history.
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