Mbappé’s memorable plays not enough for PSG to win group
Staff, 2022-11-02 23:28:58,
If Kylian Mbappé keeps this up, he might be unstoppable at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Mbappé’s power and strength were on full display when he shook off a defender tugging desperately on his shirt to score a memorable goal in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Mbappé also set up another goal as Paris Saint-Germain won 2-1 at already eliminated Juventus, which claimed a Europa League spot.
But PSG had to settle for second place in Group H since Benfica moved ahead on away goals with a 6-1 rout at Maccabi Haifa.
Benfica and PSG each finished with 14 points. Juventus goes to the Europa League despite earning just three points in total, the same as Haifa, because it held the tiebreaker over the Israeli club.
PSG now risks drawing Real Madrid — the team that knocked it out last year — in the round of 16, or other European powers like Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
“We wanted to win the group but that’s what happens in football,” Mbappé said. “We were a bit shaky, a bit uncertain but it’s the Champions League and winning is always the most important thing. I’m pleased that I scored and I’m pleased that we won. We’ll have to see what the draw brings.” Early in the first half, inexperienced Juventus defender Federico Gatti did all he could to hold Mbappé back but the France forward seemed unperturbed and quickly cut inside past Manuel Locatelli before unleashing a powerful shot past three more defenders that ricocheted in off the post.
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