In Juventus vs PSG game, PSG headed into the game believing they needed to win to secure first place in Group H, and started the day level on points but ahead on goal difference over Benfica, They were competing against Maccabi Haifa at the same moment
After goals from Mbappe and Nuno Mendes, PSG seemed to be in a position to win the group, but Benfica beat Haifa 6-1 to maintain even on points and move ahead of them on goal difference to proceed as the team winner on overall away goals scored.
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Paris Saint-Germain overcame Juventus 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday but ended a painful second in their group. Kylian Mbappe achieved the first and set up the champion.
“We’ve defeated Juventus twice and we were quite satisfied until the 92nd minute,” remarked PSG coach Christophe Galtier after the game. “However, if you want to move forward in this competition, you must beat large teams.” Let’s see who we get in the game of 16 after the tie.
“We discontinued playing at the 90th minute last week when we were leading 7-2 over Maccabi; we yielded too many goals from set-pieces as we did against Haifa; if we had conceded one goal fewer, we would have been first in the group.”
Mbappe produced a beautiful early goal to start things, as he has done throughout his Champions League career. After gathering the ball from Lionel Messi, the France international ghosted his defender, moved to his ownership, and discharged an unstoppable shot from the top of the box past Wojciech Szczesny to put PSG forward.
Juventus, who had already been eliminated from the last 16, was unfazed by Mbappe’s moment of brilliance and applied pressure on the PSG backline in the minutes following the opening, with Juan Cuadrado and Manuel Locatelli both barely missing long-range chances.
Mbappe’s confident attempt from 30 yards out went close as the teams traded chances at the 30-minute mark, and Fabio Miretti just missed at Gianluigi Donnarumma’s far post after finding space in the area.
Juventus finally neutralized through club legend Leonardo Bonucci, who redirected a low Cuadrado header across the front of the goalmouth into the back of the net soon before halftime to draw it 1-1.
Juventus got the best of the first few minutes of the second half, but substitute Mendes swung the game in PSG’s favor in the 68th minute, scoring a well-taken goal off a Mbappe pass.
Filip Kostic’s 78th-minute rocket from the top of the box was saved by Donnarumma but dropped straight into Locatelli’s path for an easy finish that would have leveled the game but was ruled out for offside.
Despite losing to Maccabi Haifa, Juventus clinched a place in the Europe League and, along with PSG and the Portuguese champions, will discover their opponents for the subsequent rounds in Monday’s draw.
For the first time, Juventus lost five of their six Champions League group-stage matches.
Prior to this season, they had only ever lost five games in a single Champions League season, in 2002-03, when they lost one game in the first group stage, three in the second, and one of their semifinal legs.
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