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Relief, ecstasy and disdain was etched across the faces of PSG’s players after they qualified for the knockout stages of the competition, with the draw for the next round taking place on Monday, December 18 at 11am in Switzerland.
The Parisians stuttered their way through their clash against Bundesliga opposition, initially going behind at the start of the second half before 17-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery rescued them a vital draw.
PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe cut a relieved figure after qualifying for the next round of the Champions League
Parisians manager Luis Enrique watched on as his side sealed a narrow 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund
PSG’s players shared muted celebrations with their travelling supporters at full-time
Kylian Mbappe fell below his usual best as the French side squandered numerous chances, with the superstar striker himself being denied by a vital last-ditch clearance.
Fortunately for manager Luis Enrique, his side have avoided group stage elimination and most likely kept himself in a job given the club’s track record of sacking coaches when they struggle in the Champions League.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was in attendance at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund and was perhaps the happiest person on the pitch at full-time as he beamed while hugging his players.
Meanwhile, solemn expressions donned the faces of Mbappe, Marquinhos and Marco Asensio with each possibly knowing just how close they had come to being knocked out of the competition.
The players clapped their travelling fans, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma racing a celebratory fist to the crowd, but there was an evident sense of embarrassment on the faces of many.
There was huge relief for PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi as his side avoided crashing out of the Champions League
Elsewhere in Europe, Porto sealed a 5-3 victory over Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk to also progress to the knockout stages
PSG finished second in the group and must seriously improve on their recent form given the fact they will now be partnered alongside one of the other groups top seeds in the next round.
Elsewhere in Europe, Porto sealed a 5-3 victory over Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk to also progress to the knockout stages.
Brazilian winger Galeno scored twice and set up two other goals as Porto finished second in Group H with 12 points and level with group winners Barcelona.
Shakhtar drop into the Europa League after finishing third in the group, while Belgian side Antwerp finish bottom despite beating Barcelona 3-2 on the night.