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Drama until the last second: controversial penalty held Newcastle against PSG 

Kylian Mbappe scored a contentious late penalty to deny Newcastle an impressive victory at Parc des Princes. Still, the tie keeps the visitors in the fight to reach the Champions League knockout matches.

Kylian Mbappe scored a contentious late penalty to deny Newcastle an impressive victory at Parc des Princes. Still, the tie keeps the visitors in the fight to reach the Champions League knockout matches.

Cruel Penalty Decision Alters the Game

A dramatic turn unfolded as a contentious penalty, awarded after a VAR review, shifted the course of the match. Referee Szymon Marciniak, after consulting the pitchside monitor, deemed Tino Livramento’s handball in the box while blocking a cross, resulting in the spot-kick.

Newcastle’s Impressive Performance and PSG’s Late Surge

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle had seemed poised for a remarkable victory, having taken the lead through Aleksander Isak’s strike in the first half, capitalizing on Miguel Almiron’s initial effort that fell to the striker’s feet.

Resolute Defense and Late Heartbreak

Newcastle fiercely defended their lead, with Nick Pope pulling off a stellar save from close range to deny Bradley Barcola and then Kylian Mbappe, who narrowly missed the rebound. However, the visitors’ resilience was shattered in stoppage time as PSG was awarded a penalty, which Mbappe confidently converted.

Group Standings and Newcastle’s Next Challenge

The result places Newcastle third in Group F, trailing second-placed PSG by two points. To progress, Eddie Howe’s side must secure a win against AC Milan in their final group game and hope that already qualified Borussia Dortmund can avoid defeat against PSG. The task ahead remains challenging for Newcastle to secure advancement in the tournament.

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