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Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Newcastle: Eddie Howe says referee Szymon Marciniak had to be stronger to not award late penalty | Football News

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Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Newcastle: Eddie Howe says referee Szymon Marciniak had to be stronger to not award late penalty | Football News

Eddie Howe says Polish referee Szymon Marciniak needed to be stronger to stick with his on-field decision as Kylian Mbappe’s last-gasp penalty denied Newcastle a famous victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

Marciniak was advised by VAR Tomasz Kwiatkowski to overturn his decision not to award the hosts a penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage time after Ousmane Dembele’s cross deflected onto the elbow of Tino Livramento.

Following a lengthy delay in which Marciniak consulted his pitchside monitor, PSG were awarded a spot-kick which Mbappe dispatched to ensure their Champions League fate remains in their hands.

Newcastle must now beat AC Milan in the final round of fixtures and hope they better PSG’s result away to already-qualified Borussia Dortmund.

Speaking to TNT Sports, Howe said: “I’m still coming to terms with it. I feel really flat but at the same time really pleased with what the players gave today. Their commitment, execution… We rode our luck. We ran out of luck at the end. I didn’t think it was a penalty.

Szymon Marciniak made a dramatic late decision
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Szymon Marciniak made a dramatic late decision

“What you don’t take into account with those replays is how quick the ball goes. It hits his chest first. If it hits his hands first, well it’s still not a penalty because he’s so close. But you can make more of a case.

“It’s not a penalty when it hits his chest first and then hits his hand which is low. I’m not allowed to sum it up. I can’t say my inner thoughts obviously [I’d get in trouble].

“I thought the referee was having a good game up until this moment. He had been strong.”

PSG players surround referee Marciniak appealing
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PSG players surround referee Marciniak appealing

Howe: We’re still alive and fighting

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Sherwood reacts to Alexander Isak’s goal as Newcastle stun PSG to take the lead at the Parc des Princes

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The Premier League side, who won the reverse fixture 4-1, were heading for a memorable night in the French capital after Alexander Isak’s first-half goal.

They were on the way to securing the three points which would have put qualification to the knockout stages into their own hands.

Mbappé’s equaliser came with their 30th shot of the game. Excluding extra-time, it was the French side’s latest goal on record (since 2003/04) in the competition, timed at 97 minutes and 18 seconds.

Howe continued: “Nick [Pope] was like he was against AC Milan away when we needed a giant performance from him. The players accepted we had to defend well and defend our goal like our life depended on it. It looked like we got there. They missed some chances, you can’t deny that.

PSG were awarded a 98th-minute penalty
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PSG were awarded a 98th-minute penalty

“When we’ve defended so well in that shape, with that personnel for so long, sometimes you make a change and it creates a mistake. Sometimes you twist, sometimes you stick. We decided to stick and obviously it didn’t work out.

“We’re still in it. That’s another thing we can’t forget. We could easily have come here and have not been in the competition anymore. We still believe. As much as it’s a huge, deflating feeling – it could be another story in our season.”

Mbappe: We missed too many chances

PSG's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side's first goal from the penalty spot during the Champions League group F soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United FC at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his penalty

Paris Saint-Germain goalscorer Kylian Mbappe on TNT Sports:

“It’s hard when you see the game. What happened was we had so many chances to win. In football you can be so much better but don’t win.

“I try to be at my best level every night. I think I could have done more for my team. I had many chances and didn’t score more goals.

“Too many chances. You watch many games and in the Champions League you have to score when you have the opportunity.”

Newcastle’s night in stats

  • In all European competition, Newcastle have only won one of eight away games against French sides (D3 L4), with that win a 4-0 victory in Sochaux in November 2004 in the UEFA Cup.
  • Paris Saint-Germain have lost just one of their last 36 home group stage games in the UEFA Champions League (W28 D7) and remain unbeaten in 11 such games since a 1-2 loss to Man Utd in October 2020 (W9 D2).
  • Alexander Isak became the first player to score an away UEFA Champions League goal for Newcastle since Alan Shearer vs Inter in March 2003. Newcastle had failed to score in either of their two away games in the competition this season before visiting PSG.
  • Isak became the fourth Swedish player to score for an English side in the UEFA Champions League after Freddie Ljungberg for Arsenal and Henrik Larsson plus Anthony Elanga for Manchester United.
  • At 17 years & 211 days, Lewis Miley became the youngest player in Newcastle’s history to start a major European game. He was also the third youngest Englishman overall to start a UEFA Champions League match after Jude Bellingham in October 2020 (17y & 113d) and Phil Foden in December 2017 (17y & 192d).

What’s next?

Newcastle are back in Premier League action at home to Manchester United on Saturday; kick off 8pm. Paris Saint-Germain visit Le Havre in Ligue 1 on Sunday; kick-off 12pm.

Newcastle complete their Champions League group stage campaign at home to AC Milan on December 13; kick off 8pm. PSG visit Borussia Dortmund at the same time.

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