Manchester United successfully secured their place at the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after defeating Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday with the final score of 3-1.
Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team actually possessed a slim opportunity following its defeat 2-0 at home during the first leg of the last-16 game.
Nevertheless, the English Premier League club was given a fast lifeline through the second-minute opening goal of striker Romelu Lukaku.
Paris Saint-Germain’s left back Juan Bernat may have equalized the score on the 12th minute, but Manchester United continued to hammer the French team at the slushy Parc des Princes in Paris.
The Red Devils have a lot to thank Lukaku for as he scored twice for Manchester United within the first half-hour of the game.
What made caretaker manager Solskjaermore delighted is when the video assistant referee (VAR) awarded a stoppage-time penalty to Marcus Rashford which cemented the victory for his squad.
A video assistant referee (VAR) helps referees to determine whether an infraction happened during a football game.
In this instance, a goal will not be awarded to a team. In addition, this technology guarantees that correct decisions are made with regards to awarding a penalty kick.
The VAR makes sure that the right decisions are made with respect to sending off a player from a match as well. It accurately tells the referee which player should be penalized.
The application of VAR during the game showed Slovenian referee, DamirSkomina, awarding the penalty to Rashford.
This comes after an extensive video review which demonstrated Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe jumping up to block Manchester United full back DiogoDalot’s shot with his elbow.
Rashfordsingle-mindedly blasted the football past Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Manchester United enthusiasts were apparently jubilant with the dramatic last-minute penalty of the Red Devils’ forward.
Prior to the match, Coach Solskjaer confidently stated that their game against Coach Thomas Tuchel’s team was not an impossible mission and that anything was possible.
Coach Solskjaer, the former Manchester United forward who played for the team from 1996 to 2007, is famous for scoring the most famous goal in the Old Trafford squad’s history.
When Manchester United won the tournament in 1999, he was credited as the one who scored the injury-time winner.
Coach Solskjaer’s side went ahead on the half-hour mark in spite of the fact that ten of his players are presently suspended or recuperating from their concussions.
Meanwhile, for Paris Saint-Germain, they will have to hold on for next year again as Manchester United has successfully eliminated them from the Champions League.
The owner of Coach Thomas Tuchel’s squad, the Qatar Sports Investments, may be disappointed at this stage with this development as they have been obsessed with being victorious in recent years.
This was the reason why they signed up Brazilian superstar, Neymar, for a record-smashing transfer fee of $263 million back in 2017.
But the presently recovering Neymar could only watch his team play at this point.