Marcus Rashford’s VAR-awarded stoppage-time penalty fired Manchester United into the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after a sensational 3-1 victory (3-3 on agg) stunned Paris Saint-Germain.
Presnel Kimpembe was penalised for handball in the final minute as referee Damir Skomina ruled he had blocked Diogo Dalot’s shot with his arm, and Rashford held his nerve to hammer his first penalty for the club home to seal one of the most remarkable European results in United’s history.
Romelu Lukaku’s first-half double gave United hope of overturning PSG’s two-goal first-leg lead but they looked set to narrowly miss out as Juan Bernat’s strike in between the Belgian’s efforts had Ligue 1 champions in front on aggregate and in control.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s injury-plagued side – which featured youngsters Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong in the closing stages – roared back in the most dramatic fashion to become the first side in Champions League history to win a tie after losing the first leg at home by two or more goals.
United got off to a start Solskjaer could have only dreamed of as Lukaku intercepted Thilo Kehrer’s backpass and rounded Gianluigi Buffon to put the visitors ahead inside two minutes.
That kicked PSG into life and they nearly found an instant response, Angel di Maria flashing a low ball into the area which narrowly evaded Kylian Mbappe.
But Mbappe turned provider on 12 minutes, drilling the ball to the back post where Bernat converted from close range after bursting away from the stationary Eric Bailly.
PSG continued to target stand-in full-back Bailly, exploiting space in behind the Ivorian as Di Maria found Bernat and his piledriver stung the palms of David de Gea.
But hosts’ dominance was undone on the half hour as they gifted United a second, the wet conditions playing their part as Rashford’s dipping 25-yard strike was spilled by Buffon into the path of Lukaku, who needed no invitation to double his tally.
PSG were denied a sensational second on 56 minutes that would have put the tie beyond United, Di Maria’s lob over De Gea chalked off after VAR confirmed the Argentine was offside when receiving Mbappe’s audacious backheeled through pass that nutmegged Chris Smalling.
Smalling diverted a Dani Alves pass into the path of Mbappe on 83 minutes but De Gea stuck out a strong arm as the Frenchman tried to round him. Bernat then tried to convert the rebound, but the post came to United’s rescue.
Then came the drama. Dalot’s hopeful shot from 25 yards looked to have been deflected behind for a corner off Kimpembe – who scored PSG’s opener in the first leg – until referee Skomina was advised to refer to VAR.
After a lengthy consultation, he pointed to the spot and Rashford thundered his spot-kick past Buffon to complete the most remarkable turnaround in recent Champions League history. – Sky Sports.