Wednesday March 6 2019
Buffon and PSG recurring nightmare

Gianluigi Buffon’s Champions League nightmare continues, as Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out by a last-gasp Manchester United penalty.

PSG had a 2-0 first leg lead at Old Trafford, but become the first team ever to overturn that result in the Champions League.

Romelu Lukaku pounced on a terrible back-pass to put United ahead within two minutes, then Juan Bernat equalised straight away.

A long-range Marcus Rashford strike bounced right in front of Buffon, bounced off his chest and Lukaku was more alert than the Parisian defenders to the rebound.

PSG still had the lead on aggregate until stoppages, when Presnel Kimpembe was judged to have handled in the box.

Rashford converted the penalty, although Buffon almost got his fingertips to it, and Manchester United won 3-1 on the night, going through on away goals, 3-3 on aggregate.

It means that after last season with Juventus against Real Madrid, Buffon has for the second year running gone out of the Champions League to a debatable stoppage-time penalty.

Fellow Italy international Marco Verratti also crashes out of the tournament, which PSG cannot seem to progress in, no matter how much they spend on the transfer market.

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