‘A defining moment in our Champions League campaign’ – Howe on facing PSG in CL
Newcastle were left heartbroken in Paris after a stoppage penalty saw them draw with PSG in a critical Champions League group stage tie. The Magpies needed to avoid defeat to remain in the competition but three points would have left destiny in their hands.
The hosts were the more dominant side throughout though. They started the match in rapid fashion working the ball out to Kylian Mbappe and whipping crosses into the box. Newcastle’s defence, led by Jamaal Lascelles, was solid though and repelled the early onslaught before the attackers settled into the match.
Miguel Almiron’s effort from the right side of the box was palmed away by Gianluigi Donnarumma who only managed to tip it into the path of Alexander Isak. The forward poking home to send the visitors in front.
Things stayed that way, despite increasing pressure from the home side, until stoppage time. VAR judging that Tino Livramento had handled the ball inside the penalty area before Mbappe calmly slotting home the spot kick.
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VAR the villain as late penalty call denies Newcastle rearguard win in Paris
Football you cruel, wicked thing.
For so long, it looked as though, as sure as the rain, a frustrated Paris Saint-Germain were set for a seventh defeat in nine against English opponents to leave their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stages in Newcastle’s hands.
PSG threw everything at a bruised and battered Newcastle, but no matter how much they huffed and puffed they couldn’t break their curse. Their Champions League tale of woe was about to gain another chastening chapter.
But sometimes battle-weary sides don’t always get what they deserve, as a Kylian Mbappe stoppage time penalty denied an injury-ravaged Newcastle a crucial victory in the cruellest fashion, with the help of the relentless villain of the piece – VAR.
Mike Jones28 November 2023 22:21
More from Newcastle manager Eddie Howe speaking to TNT Sports:
“Nick [Pope] was like he was against AC Milan away when we needed a giant performance from him. The players accepted we had to defend well and defend our goal like our life depended on it. It looked like we got there. They missed some chances, you can’t deny that.
“When we’ve defended so well in that shape, with that personnel for so long, sometimes you make a change and it creates a mistake. Sometimes you twist, sometimes you stick. We decided to stick and obviously it didn’t work out.
“We’re still in it. That’s another thing we can’t forget. We could easily have come here and have not been in the competition anymore. We still believe. As much as it’s a huge, deflating feeling – it could be another story in our season.”
Mike Jones28 November 2023 22:45
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe to TNT Sports:
“I’m still coming to terms with it. I feel really flat but at the same time really pleased with what the players gave today. Their commitment, execution… We rode our luck. We ran out of luck at the end. I didn’t think it was a penalty.
“What you don’t take into account with those replays is how quick the ball goes. It hits his chest first. If it hits his hands first, well it’s still not a penalty because he’s so close. But you can make more of a case.
“It’s not a penalty when it hits his chest first and then hits his hand which is low. I’m not allowed to sum it up. I can’t say my inner thoughts obviously [I’d get in trouble].
“I thought the referee was having a good game up until this moment. He had been strong.”
Mike Jones28 November 2023 22:42
Paris St-Germain goalscorer Kylian Mbappe on TNT Sports:
“It’s hard when you see the game. What happened was we had so many chances to win. In football you can be so much better but don’t win.
“I try to be at my best level every night. I think I could have done more for my team. I had many chances and didn’t score more goals.
“Too many chances. You watch many games and in the Champions League you have to score when you have the opportunity.”
Mike Jones28 November 2023 22:28
Newcastle striker Alexander Isak on TNT Sports:
“Unfortunate for us to get a goal against us so late. I think we started defending our goal a bit too early. It’s never nice to concede a goal that late.
“My first reaction was it wasn’t [a penalty]. It seemed cheap. I haven’t seen a replay. Hopefully it was a penalty. We have to trust the referees.
“We are very proud of the team. It’s not an easy place to come. They haven’t lost for some time here.
“We almost got the win. It is unfortunate. We always want to win, but this point will be important. We have it all to play for.”
Mike Jones28 November 2023 22:18
Full-time! PSG 1-1 Newcastle
90+9 mins: The whistle goes in Paris and Newcastle will be heartbroken. They did everything but get over the line and they’ve been undone by the referee’s decision.
Newcastle are still in the Champions League but PSG keep themselves second in the table.
Mike Jones28 November 2023 22:01
GOAL! PSG 1-1 Newcastle (Mbappe, 90+8’)⚽️
90+8 mins: PSG have been rescued by a dodgy decision. Kylian Mbappe is ice cool and slots the ball into the top corner leaving Nick Pope no chance to keep it out.
Mike Jones28 November 2023 21:58
Penalty to PSG!
90+6 mins: Disaster for Newcastle. The referee is sent over to the pitchside monitor to take a look at the replays. It shows the ball hit Tino Livramento in the chest, bounce up and hit him on the elbow.
Mike Jones28 November 2023 21:57
PSG 0-1 Newcastle
90+5 mins: Nick Pope has been shown a yellow card for time wasting on the restarts. It’s a sacrifice the Newcastle goalkeeper will be pleased to take.
Newcastle are pinned in their own half now. PSG are piling on the pressure. There’s a shout for handball against Newcastle in the penalty area.
The PSG players swarm the referee and VAR is looking at this…
Mike Jones28 November 2023 21:55
PSG 0-1 Newcastle
90+2 mins: Barcola has a huge chance to equalise after the ball is whipped into the box from the right wing. It drops over the top of Kylian Mbappe’s head and comes to Barcola who volleys his effort over to the top of goal!
Mike Jones28 November 2023 21:52