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Choupo-Moting explains the horror-miss that could have wrapped up Ligue 1 for PSG

By J Smith

Published: 18:00, 8 April 2019

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has opened up on his horrendous miss during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Strasbourg.

With injuries and fatigue taking their tole, Thomas Tuchel handed the ex-Stoke striker a rare start and was instantly rewarded when he opened the scoring in the 13th minute with just his third goal of the season.

Choupo-Moting’s horrendous miss: Five key things to know…

  1. PSG had the chance to seal the Ligue 1 title on Sunday with victory over Strasbourg.
  2. Making a rare start, Choupo-Moting opened the scoring after 13 minutes.
  3. After Strasbourg equalised, Choupo-Moting missed an open net, diverting Nkunku’s goal-bound effort onto the post.
  4. PSG went on to draw 2-2.
  5. Choupo-Moting claims he ‘thought the defender was going to get the ball’.

However, after Strasbourg had equalised, Choupo-Moting had the chance to restore PSG’s lead and double his tally for the day but somehow diverted Christopher Nkunku’s goal-bound shot onto the post from the goal line.

PSG then fell behind before an 82nd-minute goal from Thilo Kehrer rescued a point for the Parisians, although they will have to wait another week to seal the Ligue 1 title.

Opening up on his horror show, Choupo-Moting said: “I thought Nkunku was going to give it to me – and then I thought the defender was going to get it.

“I wondered if I was offside and it all happened very fast. I touched the ball, it hit the post and, well, it’s a real shame because the ball was going in.

“Sorry about that.”

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Despite the bizarre nature of his miss, Tuchel was quick to back Choupo-Moting, claiming the 30-year-old is a ‘great substitute’ and is just low on confidence.

“I think he’s lacking confidence,” Tuchel said. “He’s not here to start every game but he is at the moment because we have a lot of injuries.

“It’s not his role. He’s a great substitute.”

Twitter reacts to Choupo-Moting’s embarrassing miss

Teammate Kylian Mbappe – who was introduced at half-time – was quick to back Choupo-Moting after the game with a tweet that read: “Shame about the title tonight, we tried to do what we could.

“Big up to Choupo-Moting. I have missed a lot more than you have this season, we stay united as a group and we will support you until the end.”

However, the rest of Twitter was far less forgiving, with fans showing absolutely no mercy in adding to the embarrassment.