Enrique Claims PSG Deserved to Win Against Newcastle After Controversial Champions League Draw

Enrique Claims PSG Deserved to Win Against Newcastle After Controversial Champions League Draw

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at November 29, 2023 at 7:05 AM
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  • Luis Enrique insists Paris Saint-Germain deserved more than a draw against Newcastle
  • The result kept the Parisians' hopes of reaching the Champions League knockouts alive
  • PSG are second in Group F with seven points from five games played after Tuesday's tie

Luis Enrique is adamant Paris Saint-Germain were the better team despite needing a stoppage-time penalty to salvage a point against Newcastle United on matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League.

The Parisians have been slammed online after they were awarded a controversial 98th-minute penalty against the English club, which was cooly converted by Kylian Mbappe to salvage a point for the home side.

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Kylian Mbappe rescued a point for Paris Saint-Germain against Newcastle after converting a 98th-minute penalty for the Parisians. Photo by Christian Liewig
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According to Sporting News, Newcastle were ahead for most of the game thanks to Alexander Isak’s 25th-minute opener and could have sealed a famous victory at the Parc des Princes until the late penalty.

However, coach Luis Enrique has insisted PSG deserved to win the controversial encounter against the Tyneside club as they were the better team on the night despite the disappointing result.

The draw against Newcastle leaves the Ligue 1 champions second in Group F with seven points from five games, three points being group leaders, Borussia Dortmund, who have secured qualification to the knockout rounds.

Referee put under pressure by PSG

Meanwhile, Newcastle United manager, Eddie Howe believes Polish referee, Szymon Marciniak was under extreme pressure from PSG players during their Champions League game, Sky Sports reports.

The English club were heading for a memorable victory against the Parisians until the match official awarded a spot kick against Tino Livramento in the 98th minute after a VAR review.

Mbappe stepped up and made no mistake as he coolly converted from the spot to salvage a point for PSG to keep their Champions League knockout hopes alive.

Fans claim Newcastle got robbed

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Paris Saint-Germain needing a 98th-minute penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw against Newcastle in the UCL to keep their knockout hopes alive.

Angry fans, journalists, and former Newcastle United players took to social media immediately after the game to slam PSG and the centre referee for the late penalty decision.

Former Magpie, Alan Shearer described the referee's decision to award a late penalty to PSG as 'disgusting', with his club on the verge of being eliminated from their group.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..