17 fouls, 5 bookings (including a red for Paul Pogba), and Manchester United suffer their first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, bowing to Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 in their Leg 1 Champions League Round of 16 match-up.
In a painfully overly officiated game that included 9 total bookings, the refs treated PSG like they were a bunch of Frenchmen playing in a vastly inferior league…which…oh yeah.
On one hand, Man U didn’t do enough to win. Of their 10 shots on goal, only 1 was on target (compared to 12 and 5 for PSG). They were out-possessed 56-44%. PSG looked like the better team as the game went on. On the other hand, the sheer volume of fouls (17 to 7) made playing the game with any physicality and rhythm a challenge.
The game was 0-0 at the half. PSG came out fast in the second half, scoring both goals in the first 15 minutes (Presnel Kimpembe (53′) and Kylian Mbappé (60′)).
Since Leg 1 was at Old Trafford, United have a monumental challenge in front of them if they want to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. PSG have this all but locked up.
The other game today featured Roma vs. Porto. Roma won 2-1, but that away goal from Porto may prove critical.