January 16, 2021

United eliminates PSG and Porto to Rome with two agnicos VAR penalties – La Provincia

United eliminates PSG and Porto to Rome with two agnicos VAR penalties - La Provincia

The Manchester United signed a historic episode of European football in the last decade when traced (1-3) in the second leg of the second round against the Paris Saint-Germain, a match that was resolved with a penalty from Rashford, added time thanks to a decision of the VAR that ended up burning the French capital.

Meanwhile, Porto knocked down Roma, a semi-finalist last year, with another goal of penlati, this time in the 117th minute, within three minutes of the completion of the regimlamemtario time of the extra time (3-1)

Does Paris burn? Yes, tonight it will burn again like the last two seasons. In 2017 it was Barcelona with a big comeback and last year they ran into Real Madrid. On this occasion, and despite the disbursement of a good handful of petrodollars, football continues to turn its back on the project of Sheikh Al-Khelaifi.

Everything was in the hands of the Parisians, especially after the 0-2 at Old Trafford that gave them all the options of the world. However, before reaching the second minute United scored the 0-1 and took the nerves to the stands of the Parc des Princes. A failure of Kehrer gave the option to Lukaku to face Buffon and beat him masterfully in the hand to hand.

The goal disturbed those of Thomas Tuchel, aware that the warning should be left alone in that. And so he seemed to solve it only ten minutes later with a sensational move by Mbappé what finished the Spanish Juan Bernat -just- in the left lane. The 1-1 returned the game to its course before Lukaku returned to seek prominence in his last fantastic month with six goals in three games.

The Central European striker – this time – took advantage of a rejection of Buffon after a powerful shot by Rashford. The international picked up the glove and did not miss the gift. The 1-2 left United to only one goal of the miracle in a match where he could not play with his best weapons. Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Phil Jones, Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian missed the match due to injury.

Much more merit for the English – protected by Smalling – although they could not avoid taking a step back in the second half. The premises grew with the incursions of Di María – they annulled a goal at match time- and Bernat crashed it on the stick Five minutes from the end, but there was no way for PSG to equalize the match and stop any reaction from their opponent.

However, when everything pointed to the pass of the French came the controversial play of the game with a shot of Dalot that stuck in the elbow of Kimpembe, one of the heroes in the 'Theater of Dreams'. The VAR went into action and after almost three minutes, the referee decided to call a penalty. Rashford did not fail and the rest is history. United returns to the quarter eight years later. The PSG returns to fail in the 'Old Continent'.

Even duel in Do Dragão

Porto qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday defeat Rome by 3-1 thanks to a penalty goal revised by the VAR in the extension of Alex Telles that cameback 2-1 fitted by the Portuguese team in the first leg.

Alex Telles celebrates the penalty goal that gave the classification to Porto against Roma. Photo: Reuters

Brazil's Tiquinho Soares put the Portuguese team ahead in the 26th minute, but Daniele de Rossi equalized for Rome in the 37th minute. A goal by Malian Moussa Marega set the 2-1 with which they finished the 90 minutes.

In the extra time, Porto scored 3-1 after a penalty shot by the VAR and transformed by Alex Telles in the 117th minute. After reviewing the action, the referee determined that Alessandro Florenzi grabbed Brazilian Fernando in the area.


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