- Manchester United defeated Paris Saint-Germain in stunning fashion with a little help from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
- United forward Marcus Rashford struck the winning goal from the penalty spot after a handball was called against PSG in the final moments of the match with the help of video review.
- After the match, some fans expressed displeasure with the decision to award United the penalty.
Manchester United stunned Paris Saint-Germain in front of a packed crowd at the Parc des Princes with a 3-1 victory in the second leg of their Champions League tilt.
The win sent United through to the Champions League quarterfinals, with the two-game series ending 3-3 on aggregate and the Red Devils advancing on away goals.
PSG entered the game with a commanding advantage, having defeated United 2-0 in the first leg at Old Trafford.
With a quick bout of scoring to start the deciding match, United jumped to a 2-1 lead, leaving them a goal shy of advancing to the next round on aggregate. That score looked likely to hold as the match entered extra time until a shocking call turned the tide for United.
As United made a final push for the winning goal, PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe’s arm made what might have been incidental contact with the ball in the box.
The call went to VAR review, and eventually, referee Damir Skomina awarded a penalty to United.
Forward Marcus Rashford would take the decisive attempt, and strike the ball home with astounding confidence.
INSANITY IN PARIS ???? Manchester United converts a penalty after VAR to go through in stoppage time…WHAT pic.twitter.com/7ZgpZzLyre
— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) March 6, 2019
The decision was immediately controversial for fans watching from home. While VAR has proven adept at helping with clear-cut decisions such as spotting a player in offside position, its use is still a bit more open to interpretation with regard to more subjective calls.
Across Twitter, football fans voiced their shock, and in some cases, displeasure with the turn of events.
United 1 VAR 0.
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) March 6, 2019
VAR for subjective calls remains an absolute mess.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) March 6, 2019
Football is finished if that's the kind of decision we see from VAR replays
— Bergkamp & Bergkamp (@Orangeiceman10) March 6, 2019
That said, contact was made, and by the letter of the law, there’s also an argument to be made that the referee made the correct decision – albeit overturning a handball that players are used to getting away with 99 times out of 100.
Either way, Manchester United in through to the quarterfinals and PSG has once again had its Champions League run cut unceremoniously short.
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