Manchester United became the first side in the history of the Champions League to recover from a 2-0 first leg home loss to advance to the next round of the competition.
PariS SG were playing the same XI that had triumphed 2-0 at Old Trafford, while United were down to bare bones, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez all unavailable to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer due to either injury or suspension.
Few would’ve backed United to win in Paris with the XI OGS put out, but they did, and L’Equipe ran the headline saying “Even Worse” (Encore Pire) and that the unthinkable had happened again (after the nightmare 6-1 loss to Barcelona two years ago)
Le Parisien said it was a “terrible affront” for the Parisians in their headline.
Click here for French media player ratings- Barcelona vs Lyon 5-1 Second Leg
Olympique Lyonnais sprang a bit of a surprise as they held La Liga leaders Barcelona to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League tie. There were 57,889 spectators at the Groupama Stadium for this fixture, five thousand more than the number of fans who attended Liverpool’s clash against Bayern Munich, which also produced the same result as this OL-FCB one.
The two best Lyon players on show, according to French media, were goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and defender Jason Denayer. Memphis Depay was perhaps the biggest disappointment on the evening, coming up with a 3 for his performance.
Barca’s best rated player was also their goalkeeper- German international Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, with their poorest ones being forward Luis Suarez.
For the first time in their history, Manchester United lost a European knockout tie at Old Trafford by more than a goal after Paris SG emerged 2-0 winners at the Theatre of Dreams in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. Despite missing key players like Neymar and Edinson Cavani, Thomas Tuchel’s side were too good for the Red Devils as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered his first defeat as MUFC manager.
French newspaper L’Equipe wasn’t too kind to the Red Devils, with around half their squad polling a 3/10 (Pogba, Lindelof, Matic, Herrera and Lingard), indicating that the home side’s midfield failed to execute their plans. The highest ranked United player was skipper and right back Ashley Young, who got a 6. No PSG player got below six, and Thiago Silva and Angel di Maria both got 8’s.
OGS himself got a 4/10 manager rating, while his opposite number Tuchel was awarded a 7/10 for masterminding a famous PSG win.
AS Monaco bowed out of the Champions League after a disappointing 4-0 defeat at home against Belgian outfit Club Brugge. The result saw ASM stuck at the bottom of Group A with a single point to show for their efforts after four games. With Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund both on nine points, there is no way for the Principality outfit to qualify for the Round of 16.
Tuesday evening’s result saw new manager Thierry Henry’s struggles continue- he is yet to win as coach and the club are winless in their last fifteen games across all competitions.
Check out the player ratings for the game from French paper L’Equipe. Bar Sofiane Diop (5) and Moussa Sylla and Diego Benaglio (4 each), all the others were rated 3 or below. The worst ratings (2/10) were reserved for the defensive pair of Kamil Glik and Jemerson, while manager Henry also got a 2. On an average the side rated 3.2/10, with Brugge performing twice as better (6.5/10) Continue reading