Historic comeback for United, Porto rebound in style

  • UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg action continues

  • Manchester United come back to shock PSG

  • Porto outlast Roma in extra time

Manchester United soared into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and into uncharted territory on Wednesday with a stunning 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.

Prior to this result, no team had advanced from a Champions League knockout tie after suffering a 2-0 home defeat in the first leg. United bucked the trend, prevailing on the away goals rule with an aggregate score of 3-3.

Both sides came into the match missing star players, as Neymar and Paul Pogba watched from the sidelines.

It took less than two minutes for United to put pressure on the hosts. Romelu Lukaku capitalised on an errant back-pass and slotted past Gianluigi Buffon to put the English club ahead 1-0.

PSG found their equaliser 10 minutes later through Juan Bernat. Kylian Mbappe picked out the Spaniard's run toward the far post, notching his fifth Champions League assist, the highest in the competition.

Lukaku's opportunism once again gave Manchester United the lead in the 30th minute. Buffon bungled Marcus Rashford's dipping effort from 35 yards and Lukaku was there to clean up the mess, putting the visitors within a goal of moving on.

Rashford became the hero in second-half stoppage time, converting a penalty kick awarded by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for Presnel Kimpembe's handball in the box. United's desperate defending in the closing minutes sealed their advancement.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - MARCH 06: Soares of FC Porto celebrates after he scores his sides first goal scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Porto and AS Roma at Estadio do Dragao on March 06, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Porto stay hot at home

FC Porto won their fourth consecutive Champions League home match on Wednesday, advancing to the quarter-finals via a 3-1 victory against AS Roma in extra time.

Coming off a 2-1 loss in Rome, the hosts took full advantage of the return leg, maintaining 60 per cent possession and firing nine shots on target compared to just two for the visitors.

Francisco Soares tapped in to give Porto the lead in the 26th minute, completing a smooth counter-attack stemming from a forced turnover.

Daniele De Rossi's 37th-minute penalty guided past Iker Casillas gave Roma the lead on aggregate once again, but it was nullified by Moussa Marega's volley from close range seven minutes into the second half.

Neither side could find the decider in regulation. At last it was Alex Telles who broke through from the penalty spot in the 117th minute, after another crucial VAR decision came out in favour of the hosts.

Did you know?

  • According to Gracenote, based on historic results in all European competitions, Paris Saint-Germain had a 97.9 per cent chance of advancing heading into their match against Manchester United

  • Iker Casillas made his 60th appearance in the Champions League knockout phase, joining three outfield players – Cristiano Ronaldo (76), Andres Iniesta (64) and Lionel Messi (63) – as the only ones to hit the milestone already

  • Porto reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the fourth time, after 2003/04 (winners), 2008/09 (quarter-finals) and 2014/15 (quarter-finals)

  • Roma became the fourth Italian team to reach 100 Champions League matches, following Juventus (187), AC Milan (165) and Internazionale (111)