Paris Saint-Germain’s action-packed 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund proved enough for them to join Group F leaders in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) knockout stages, with Les Parisiens progressing through the groups for the 12th consecutive season.
Even though Die Schwarzgelben’s place in the knockout stages was already confirmed before this final group match, there was plenty at stake as they looked to win the group. Both teams fearlessly flew forward at every opportunity, showcasing their determination and skill.
The match started with Marius Wolf and Kang-in Lee missing clear chances at either end. Niklas Süle then made a miraculous recovery to deny Kylian Mbappé after PSG’s talisman rounded Gregor Kobel. The disbelief continued as Bradley Barcola curled an effort that struck the post and Randal Kolo Muani’s shot trickled wide.
Dortmund were also creating chances of their own, with Marco Reus and Salih Özcan both having venomous strikes denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma. Karim Adeyemi failed to find the target with his rebound from Donnarumma’s save.
Both teams had golden opportunities before the break, but the half ended goalless as Kolo Muani was denied by Kobel and Mats Hummels headed wide with the final touch.
The second half picked up right where the first left off, with the match refusing to slow down. The opener finally arrived in the 51st minute when Niclas Füllkrug capitalized on PSG’s sloppy play at the back, teeing up Adeyemi, who slid the ball into the net off the inside of the post for his second goal of the season in the UCL.
Warren Zaïre-Emery revived Les Parisiens’ hopes just five minutes later, as his strike found the back of the net with the help of a slight deflection off Adeyemi.
With the match on a knife’s edge, Mbappé thought he had sent PSG into the lead and top of the group, but was caught offside by the finest of margins. Barcola had the best opportunity for a late winner but fired straight at Kobel from a tight angle.
Dortmund’s draw secured top spot in UCL Group F, ending their run of three consecutive defeats across all competitions. PSG, on the other hand, extended their unbeaten run to six competitive matches and now eagerly await their campaign in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
As an added bonus, AC Milan’s victory over Newcastle United ensured PSG’s progression in this competition.