Despite their superior possession of the ball in the first half, the Parisians failed to make a difference in the German defense, despite their fleet of Kylian Mbappé, Randall Kolo Mwani and Ousmane Dembélé. Paris Saint-Germain was only able to hit one shot on goal, while Borussia Dortmund was limited to counterattacks.
The clearest Parisian opportunity was the very prominent work of Portuguese Vitinha in the first half. In the 19th minute, the Portuguese midfielder fired a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area, which hit Gregor Coppil’s post.
Edin Terzic’s players withdrew to their camp and defended low blocks, resisting the Parisian attacking waves led by Ousmane Dembélé and Achraf Hakimi in particular. Before the end of the first half, the VAR looked at Niklas Süle’s hand in the open area, before refusing to award a penalty kick.
A more successful second half
After returning from the locker room, Luis Henrique’s men rushed forward and were awarded a penalty after Kylian Mbappe’s shot was caught in the hand by Niklas Süle. The Blues scorer turns the sentence around without flinching. This is his 41st goal in 62 C1 matches.
While the Germans tried to respond, the Parisians settled the point ten minutes later thanks to a goal scored by former Dortmund player Achraf Hakimi. At the end of a brilliant exchange with Vitinha in the Dortmund area, the Moroccan international sent a shot from the outside of his right foot into the small net.
The Ruhr club was stunned, and failed to rebound despite a few incursions into the Parisian area. We had to wait until the 77th minute to see a clear chance, the work of youngster Jimmy Benoy-Gittins, who shortly after entering the field, shot a shot, from the entrance to the area, that found Donnarumma’s right post.
The Parisians were calm until the end of the match, satisfied with their lead, finally achieving a logical victory over a timid opponent.
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