Skip to main content

UCL: Di Maria Stars As PSG Beat Man United 2-0 At Old Trafford; Roma Beat Porto


Paris Saint-Germain ended Manchester United 11 game unbeaten run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defeating the Red Devils 2-0 in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League last-16 clash at Old Trafford.
Former Manchester United man Angel Di Maria provided the assists for Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe who struck before the hour mark to give the visitors a two goal lead ahead of the second leg in Paris, France.
Marcus Rashford had the first chance at goal but his firece shhot was saved by Gianluigi Buffon. Buffon was called into action again in the 16th minute when he cut out Paul Pogba’s low cross from the right after the French midfielder has beaten Presnel Kimpembe far too easily down the right flank.
The best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Paris Saint-Germain just before the half-hour mark when Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler combined to send Kylian Mbappe through inside the area, but the winger could not squeeze his shot inside the near post on the slide.
The opening goal came from the resulting corner as De Gea and Nemanja Matic left Di Maria’s inswinging delivery for each other, allowing Kimpembe to steal in and volley the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
Suddenly PSG looked every bit the fearsome attacking outfit that had scored in every single game this season, and they almost added a second within three minutes when Alves’s first-time volley from outside the area deflected inches wide off the outstretched leg of Pogba.
Ander Herrera threatened an equaliser for the hosts with a volley of his own which bobbled narrowly wide, but just one minute later PSG had their second to take complete control of the tie.
Again Di Maria – the victim of incessant abuse from the home fans – was the creator with a perfectly-weighted low pass into the box for Mbappe, whose pace saw him get ahead of the defenders and
composure allowed him to steer his finish into the bottom corner.
Pogba was sent off for a second yellow card in the final minute of normal time and will miss the second leg.
In the other fixture, Nicolo Zaniolo scored a brace in six second half minutes for AS Roma who edged Porto in their Champions League last-16 first leg.
Zaniolo drilled a low effort past Iker Casillas in the 70th minute to give the Rome based outfit the lead.
He added a second from six yards out after Dzeko’s 20-yard shot hit the post.
But Porto got an away goal when Adrian Lopez scored after Tiquinho Soares’ mis-hit shot landed in his path.
Roma, who are sixth in Serie A, had the better chances, with Dzeko having a shot tipped on to the post by Casillas.
It is a first defeat for Porto – excluding penalty shootouts – in 27 games. They had won their last five Champions League matches to come through the group stages unbeaten.
The second leg in Porto is on Wednesday, 6 March.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Lyon vs Barcelona: Lionel Messi and teammates get important draw in France

- Lyon vs Barcelona game in the Champions League round of 16 tie ended goalless on Tuesday night, February 19 - Goalkeeper Anthony Lopes of Lyon was superb for his club as he denied the likes of Lionel Messi and Dembele - Barcelona will have the chance in the second leg playing in front of their fans at the Camp Nou Lyon were on Tuesday night, February 19, forced to a goalless draw by visiting Spanish giants Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 encounter. The French club have never beaten the Catalan giants in their history, and Lyon players wanted to break this record, but Barcelona proved an hard nut for them to crack. Barcelona got the first chance of the game in the 5th minute when Gerard Pique sent a long ball to Dembele who was in a good position, but he failed to utilize the opportunity. Lionel Messi and Suarez also combined well three minutes later to beat Lyon defense, but goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was brilliant to deny them. Lyon's got their b…

Plateau governorship election is inconclusive - INEC

- Pateau state governorship election has been declared inconclusive - The commission said the total number of votes cancelled is more than the difference in the number of votes the two major candidates got - The total number of votes cancelled in the state is 49, 347, while the total margin between leading candidates is 44, 929 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, March 11, declared the governorship elections in Plateau state inconclusive. Professor Richard Kimbir, the Returning Officer for the election in the state announced this on Monday in Jos, after collating results from the 17 local government areas of the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Kimbir, who is the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, said the total number of votes cancelled is more than the difference in the number of votes the two major candidates got, “hence was constrained to declare the polls inconclusive”. The returning officer said Simon Lalon…

Fulham vs Chelsea: Jorginho's goal gives the Blues a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage

Fulham vs Chelsea's Premier League game ended 2-1 in favor of the Blues at Craven Cottage - Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho scored for Chelsea, while Calum Chambers netted for Fulham - Chelsea are still occupying sixth position on the Premier League standings with 56 points Fulham's unimpressive performance this season in the Premier League continued on Sunday, March 3, as they were beaten by Chelsea 2-1 at Craven Cottage. After sacking manager Claudio Ranieri, fans were of the hope that the players would redeem themselves by beating visiting Chelsea, but they could not. Chelsea also went into this game with the target of getting the maximum three points so as to restore their hopes of fighting for the top four teams in the Premier League. There were mutiny among Chelsea fans before the start of the match as some were livid with the decision of Maurizio Sarri to start goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Maurizio Sarri's men took the lead in the 20th minute through Gonzalo Higuain…