Champions League: PSG knock Man United out of maiden campaign

Sandy Baltimore of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates with teammates
Sandy Baltimore of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates scoring their third goal vs Manchester United at Parc des Princes (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Manchester United’s first time in the Champions League has come to an end after Paris Saint-Germain knocked them out of the tournament.

After playing out a tight 1-1 draw in front of a packed-out Leigh Sports Village, PSG welcomed Man United to the Parc des Princes. Tabita Chawinga and Melvine Malard were both on the scoresheet for the opening leg as United got their maiden Champions League campaign underway.

PSG vs Man United: Starting XIs


Kiedrzynek; De Almeida, Karchaoui, Geyoro (c), Martens, Groenen, Hunt, Baltimore, Chawinga, Albert, Le Guilly

Manchester United

Earps; Le Tissier, Blundell, Toone, Malard, Zelem (c), Galton, Riviere, Naalsund, Turner, Geyse

How it went

The visitors largely controlled the opening 15 minutes of the tie as they dominated most of the possession. Despite initially struggling to find their footing in the game, PSG got the goal-scoring action underway.

Lieke Martens’ 17th-minute opener saw the Dutch international fire the ball home beyond Mary Earps. Despite a good chance for Ella Toone shortly before the break, the first half came to a close with the hosts holding on to the slender 1-0 lead.

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The second half brought two goals in quick succession. Lisa Naalsund found the back of the net for her first United goal. However, her effort was cancelled out less than a minute later as Martens bagged her brace to restore her side’s lead.

PSG’s third of the evening came in the 57th minute as Sandy Baltimore opened her account for the evening. The French international bent the ball into the net from a seemingly impossible angle. The third goal put the hosts firmly in front, holding a comfortable two-goal lead.

A second of the evening appeared to have come from Leah Galton, however, the goal was quickly disallowed for a foul in the box. Despite Man United’s best efforts, Marc Skinner’s side were unable to claw back the deficit to keep their European dreams alive.

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What is up next?

PSG will progress to the next round of the competition as one of the final 16. Friday’s draw will see the winners of the second qualifying round joined by the four direct entrants. From there, the teams will be split into four groups as they compete in a mini-tournament format.

The defeat saw United bow out of their maiden Champions League campaign. Despite their early exit, Skinner’s side will take plenty of positives from the competition. With their sights firmly set on the top spot, the Reds will be hoping to challenge Europe’s elite in next season’s edition of the competition.

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