Manchester United left PSG inconsolable and utterly shocked after they defeated them 3-1 in Paris, making a joke out of the 2-0 lead that the Ligue 1 giants had achieved at Old Trafford.
A brace from Romelu Lukaku defined the United effort on the night, despite PSG scoring early on and keeping their hopes high. In fact, until the last minute of normal time, it looked certain that PSG may just luck out and ease with the win despite a relentless United attack.
However, that was not to be as the referee spotted a handball that no player on the pitch had initially contested and with the help of VAR, awarded the traveling side a decisive penalty. Marcus Rashford then buried the resultant spot-kick, leading United into the quarter-finals in Fergie time.
The handball in question was targeted at Presnel Kimpembe, who was at the receiving end of a Diogo Dalot strike.
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Needless to say, when the full-time whistle was blown, the young Frenchman was inconsolable at what had occurred and was on the pitch in disbelief, akin to most of his team.
It is in moments like this that class properly shines through. While the rest of his team celebrated their brilliant victory strongly, Romelu Lukaku had a more pressing concern in mind.
While his teammates wheeled off in wild celebrations…
Romelu Lukaku took a moment to console Presnel Kimpembe 🙏
A touch of class 👏 pic.twitter.com/G0jYJLK2UU
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The Belgian striker walked over to Kimpembe, lifted him up and hugged him, consoling and placating the youngster, who was clearly brooding over the fact that his action had cost the French giants yet another season’s run in the Champions League.
This action from Lukaku was properly lauded by the fans who thought it fitting that a manager like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would inspire such class in his roster.
At the end of the day, despite its bravado and banter, football remains a gentleman’s game, after all.