Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle played out a 1-1 draw in their Champions League showdown at the Parc des Princes this evening.
Both teams were seeking a return to successful ways in Group F following respective losses on matchday four. Luis Enrique’s men suffered a 2-1 loss at Milan while Newcastle were beaten 2-0 by Borussia Dortmund on the road.
Earlier in the group phase Eddie Howe’s side ran out 4-1 winners at St. James’ Park meaning they were seeking a double over France’s seemingly perpetual champions subsequently becoming the first team to win home and away against PSG in a Champions League group stage campaign since CSKA Moscow in 2004/05.
History looked on course to be made when Alexander Isak put the visitors in front and they remained ahead going into the final minutes. However, the Magpies were cruelly denied a historic win after Kylian Mbappé converted from the spot in the 98th minute.
On reflection a cross from Ousmane Dembélé struck the chest of Tino Livramento and onto the lower arm. The result means Newcastle’s hopes of reaching the knockout phase hang in the balance.
As the dust began to settle, here are our player ratings:
Gianluigi Donnarumma – 5 – Questionable goalkeeping led to Newcastle’s opener when he parried Almiron’s effort into Isak’s path.
Lucas Hernández – 6 – Attempted no fewer than 102 passes in this game – the highest by any PSG player in a single match in the Champions League this season.
Danilo Pereira – 5 – Replaced the injured Marquinhos much to the surprise of some.
Milan Skriniar – 6 – Nearly caught out before half-time. The oft-dependable Skriniar counted his lucky stars as he just about won the ball as the last man off Isak.
Achraf Hakimi – 5.5 – Didn’t need any second invitation to bomb down PSG’s right flank but this was an uncharacteristic performance.
Lee Kang-In – 5 – Preferred to Vitinha in midfield. The effort was there but quality was unfortunately lacking.
Manuel Ugarte – 4.5 – Booked after committing a needless foul on Almirón who looked to get Newcastle on the counter.
Fabián Ruiz – 5 – Came in for the injured Warren Zaïre-Emery as expected. Had the game’s first real opportunity but saw his effort, albeit under pressure, ballon over Pope’s goal.
Kylian Mbappé – 7 – Created ample opportunities for his teammates and if not for an inspired Pope he would have been the catalyst behind a big PSG win. He did manage to beat the England international from 12 yards.
Randal Kolo Muani – 4 – Played on the periphery, and nothing summed that up by completing nine total passes.
Ousmane Dembélé – 5 – Described by his manager as world football’s biggest game-changer. Often found himself deep in Newcastle’s half but often missed that cutting edge. Booked for cynically taking out Livramento meaning he sits out matchday six against Dortmund
Bradley Barcola (for Kolo Muani 62) – 4.5 – Thought he equalised but Pope had other ideas.
Vitinha (for Ugarte 62) – 5.5 – Injected some life into PSG’s midfield.
Marco Asensio (for Lee 82) – N/A – A late sub.
Gonçalo Ramos (for Danilo 85) – N/A – A late sub.
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Nick Pope – 8.5 – Produced an early smart reaction save after Mbappé attempted an audacious flick through his legs. Pulled off an even better one to deny Bradley Barcola after the hour mark. Unlucky not to keep a clean sheet.
Tino Livramento – 7 – Preferred to Lewis Hall at left-back. Takes some credit for Newcastle’s opener. The opposition defenders couldn’t touch him as he weaved his way into the penalty area, slalomed away from Ugarte and Ruiz and selflessly set up Almiron.
Fabian Schär – 5.5 – Did enough to put off Dembele from netting a late equaliser.
Jamaal Lascelles – 6 – Really stepped up this evening. Lascelles hasn’t played that much of late but he’s slowly getting back to his very best.
Kieran Trippier – 5.5 – Understandably a subdued performance but Trippier’s experience was super valuable.
Joelinton – 6 – The first name in Szymon Marciniak’s book after carelessly bringing Lucas Hernández down.
Bruno Guimarães – 5.5 – Part of the Lyon side that defeated PSG 1-0 here back in December 2020, this didn’t end up being another fond Parc des Princes memory.
Lewis Miley – 6.5 – Handed his first Champions League start after impressing against Chelsea (in which he took just 13 minutes to supply the assist for Isak’s opening goal) last time out. For a 17-year-old he gave a really good account of himself.
Anthony Gordon – 7 – Tasked with more non-attacking responsibilities than he’s accustomed to which he executed well. That being said, whenever the opportunity presented itself
Alexander Isak – 8 – In the right place at the right time to score his first Champions League goal.
Miguel Almirón – 7 – Performed a more defensive role for the Magpies such as tracking Mbappe whenever the Frenchman steamed forward, but it was his attempt on goal that led to Newcastle’s deadlock-breaker. Ended the game having attempted six tackles, more than any other player on either team.