Champions League: Newcastle hold PSG, Dortmund in knockouts

Kylian Mbappe’s last-minute penalty saved Paris Saint-Germain as they drew 1-1 in their Champions League match against Newcastle. Alexander Isak scored in the 24th minute after an earlier missed chance. PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma deflected Miguel Almiron’s shot to his feet for an easy goal.

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Despite numerous opportunities for PSG, Newcastle seemed set for an unexpected victory, similar to their 4-1 win against PSG the previous month. However, in the dying moments, a penalty was awarded to PSG after a ball hit Tino Livramento’s arm following a flick from Ousmane Dembélé. Mbappé converted the penalty, equalizing the score.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund secured their place in the Champions League knockout stage with a 3-1 win against AC Milan. Although Milan’s chances dwindled, with one player estimating them at 2-3 percent, goals from Marco Reus, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, and Karim Adeyemi secured Dortmund’s advancement.

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In another thrilling contest, Barcelona claimed a 2-1 victory against Porto. Goals from João Félix and Joao Cancelo ensured their return to the knockout rounds after two consecutive group-stage exits.

Also, trailing 2-0 against Leipzig, Manchester City’s Phil Foden orchestrated a remarkable comeback. Foden scored one goal and assisted two. He set up Erling Haaland and contributed to Julian Alvarez’s late winner in the 87th minute. Haaland’s goal also marked a record, becoming the fastest player to reach 40 Champions League goals in just 35 games.

Manchester City proved yet again that they are strong contenders to lift the Champions League trophy a second successive time.

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