Ousmane Dembele: Video Shows How PSG Star 'Cheerfully' Reacted to Ronald Araujo's Red Card

Ousmane Dembele: Video Shows How PSG Star 'Cheerfully' Reacted to Ronald Araujo's Red Card

Isaac Darko
updated at April 17, 2024 at 1:22 PM
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  • Ousmane Dembele seemingly applauded the referee for Araujo's red card
  • The France international played a crucial role in his former side's UCL exit
  • Paris Saint-Germain will lock horns against Borussia Dortmund in the semis

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Footage capturing Ousmane Dembele's reactions to Ronald Araujo's red card, where he seems to applaud the referee for awarding a penalty against Barcelona, has surfaced.

The 26-year-old only crossed carpets from Barca to PSG last summer but put up a man-of-the-match performance in helping the Ligue 1 leaders book a spot in the last four at the expense of his former club.

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Ousmane Dembele appeared to applaud the referee for Ronald Araujo's red card against PSG. Photos by Jose Breton/Pedro Salado,
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Entering the match with confidence following their impressive 3-2 victory at Parc Des Princes last week, the Catalan giants seemed poised for success, per Supersport.

An early goal by Raphinha initially appeared to solidify their position in the semi-finals, however, the momentum shifted dramatically when Araujo received his marching orders in the 29th minute.

The Uruguay international's challenge on Bradley Barcola deemed a last-man foul, left referee Istvan Kovacs with no alternative but to issue Araujo a dismissal.

As the decision was made and the red card was shown, a viral video of Dembele was spotted as he chose to acknowledge the officials with applause.

The 18.com reports that the former Borussia Dortmund star had a wry smile on his face after PSG were awarded a penalty kick, which Kylian Mbappe converted.

Dembele's MVP performance against Barcelona

In a charged atmosphere, the 2022 World Cup runner-up demonstrated his prowess since leaving Barcelona for PSG, earning the man-of-the-match accolade.

Sofascore statistics reveal his success in four out of six dribbles and his pivotal opening goal, sparking PSG's impressive turnaround.

He stood out with a rating of 8.3, trailing only behind Mbappe in performance.

Dembele breaks silence after PSG beat Barcelona

Sports Brief also reported on Dembele discussing his impactful performance for PSG against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

Despite the hostility from his former club's fans, the 26-year-old remained composed. He expressed his admiration for Barca and also happiness at PSG.

Dembele acknowledged the whistles from Barcelona fans as a normal part of football, as he returned to haunt his former club in the UCL quarter-final.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)