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Dortmund and PSG both progress to Champions League knockout phase

Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain knew that their match would potentially define the final standings in the Champions League group, although events at Newcastle’s clash with AC Milan could be potentially damaging for the French side.


In a chaotic match with chances at either end, the first-half saw Paris Saint-Germain make much of the early probing.

Kylian Mbappe spurned the best chance of the half when he was sent through on goal and he took the ball round the onrushing Dortmund goalkeeper, yet his attempt to tap the ball into an empty net was thwarted by a piece of defensive brilliance from Niklas Sule.

The German defender managed to get back on the line and virtually scissor kick the ball clear when it was headed into the roof of the net.

From there chances were spurned from both teams. Karim Adeyemi fired an effort over the crossbar from close range, whilst Randal Kolo Muani broke through on goal at immense speed, only to poke a delicate effort wide of the goal.

Dortmund’s Karim Adeyemi (C) scoresCHRISTOPHER NEUNDORFEFE

Bradley Barcola received a pass from Mbappe on the edge of the area, and he curled a shot goalwards, but it struck the post and bounced clear.

Mats Hummels had a diving header flash beyond the back-post with the final kick of the first-half, although it didn’t force a save from Gianluigi Donnarumma who had been the scourge of the hosts throughout, making a number of athletic stops.

Goals came after the break

As news filtered through that Newcastle United were leading in the other game in the group, Paris Saint-Germain seemed to freeze a little.

The swagger from their first-half display disappeared and in the 51st minute they found themselves 1-0 down as Adeyemi found the back of the net.

A well-worked move from Dortmund saw a cutback find Adeyemi in a pocket of space on the penalty spot, and he dragged a cute shot into the far corner of the net.

As things stood the Parisians were heading out of the Champions League, yet matters switched in the blink of an eye just five minutes later.

AC Milan equalized in England against Newcastle United and PSG did the same in Dortmund, with the standout performer of their campaign, Warren Zaire-Emery, firing a bullet beyond Gregor Kobel, albeit via a slight deflection from Hummels.

Kylian Mbappe had the ball in the back of the net with 15 minutes to go, seemingly timing his run perfectly to run onto a pass and fire a low shot into the far-right corner of the Dortmund net, although VAR intervened to rule the goal out for offside, keeping PSG nervous over events at St. James’ Park.

The excitement died at this point when news filtered through that AC Milan had taken a 2-1 lead against Newcastle, meaning that a draw was enough for both PSG and Dortmund to progress.

Achraf Hakimi got the message from the bench and he urged players from both sides to take it easy and play out the 1-1 result which was enough for both teams to qualify.

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