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Heartbreak As Messi Misses First Penalty Against Real Madrid As Thibaut Courtois Brilliantly Denies PSG Star
- Lionel Messi missed his penalty against Real Madrid in the Champions League after Thibout Courtois denied the PSG star
- Courtois dived the right way to deny the former Barcelona captain, but it was Kylian Mbappe who won it for the Parisians
- Messi scored his previous five penalties before the encounter, and he stepped up to take it against Los Blancos before he was denied
But the former Barcelona captain had the last laugh following Kylian Mbappe’s late winner which sealed victory for the Parisians ahead of the reverse fixture.
Drama ensued in the 62nd minute when Dani Carvajal brought down Mbappe in the danger area and the referee awarded a penalty to the French team.
Having scored all of his last five penalties, Messi stepped up to take it, but the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was denied his 126th Champions League goal as Courtois made the right decision.
After stopping Messi’s penalty, the Real Madrid goalkeeper and his teammates celebrated like they just won the Champions League title.
How it went down at the Parc des Princes
Paris Saint Germain edged Real Madrid 1-0 in a pulsating Champions League round of 16 first leg on Tuesday, February 15 at the Parc des Princes.
It was Kylian Mbappe who got the winner with a brilliant goal in stoppage time to give his side an advantage over the 13-time Champions League winners.
The hosts were thoroughly dominant, particularly in possession, but somehow failed to break down the Spanish giants for large parts of the game.
Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe says he has not yet decided his future, after scoring the winner that helped PSG beat Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 first leg.
The Frenchman is out of contract in the summer and has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.
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Speaking after the match, however, Mbappe said he was focused on his current team, at least for the moment. He told Movistar TV as per Sport Skeeda:
"I play for one of the best teams in the world. I'm going to give it my all for the remainder of the season. I haven't decided on my future."
Cristiano Ronaldo ends goal drought
Sports Brief earlier reported that Manchester United pipped Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 in the English Premier League on Tuesday evening thanks to a spectacular strike by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 37-year-old headed into the game having scored 14 goals in 26 games this season for the Red Devils.
However, the former Real Madrid superstar endured his worst goal duck for more than a decade after playing 587 minutes without hitting the back of the net.