Where did it go wrong for PSG in the Champions League?

first_img0Shares0000Edinson Cavani’s failure to fire PSG to victory over Real Madrid cost the Qatari-owned club dear © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Mar 7 – Paris Saint-Germain invested Sh50bn ($496 million) this summer to try to buy European supremacy, only to crash out of the Champions League at the same last-16 stage as last season.AFP Sport looks at where it went wrong for the Qatari-owned club as they were eliminated 5-2 on aggregate by defending champions Real Madrid on Tuesday: Neymar’s broken foot boneThe absence of Neymar, PSG’s main potential matchwinner, weighed heavily on a team that looked short on attacking ideas without the Brazilian magician waving his wand. When PSG needed him most, and in exactly the match he was bought to win, the 222-million-euro man was in Brazil recovering from a foot operation.Cavani shoots blanksEdinson Cavani became PSG’s all-time top scorer this season, but against Real Madrid the Uruguayan was toothless, with just a lucky bounce off his knee earning him a place on the scoresheet at the Parc des Princes. When his personal goal tally is measured against Cristiano Ronaldo, the score over the two legs was 3-1 to the Portuguese World Player of the Year.Lack of experienceIn 2017, PSG blew a 4-0 lead from the first leg against Barcelona as they capitulated spectacularly in the Camp Nou, losing 6-1. This year they conceded two goals in Madrid when they had seemingly been heading for a 1-1 draw that would have given them a springboard for a second-leg victory. The man who will inevitably wield the axe after the latest failure, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, did not mince his words: “We know that Real have a lot of experience. We didn’t do what we needed to do to win.” Real have won 12 European crowns, Barcelona five, while PSG have never reached the final — and it shows.Seeing redThe tie was probably getting away from PSG anyway, but Marco Verratti’s disastrous sending-off sealed their fate. The Italian midfielder’s talent has never been in question, but his temperament is seriously suspect. After already earning a first yellow card earlier in the match, he felt he was fouled and charged at German referee Felix Brych to protest. The red card was produced without hesitation, summing up a PSG performance that was at times ragged and ill-disciplined.That man RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo was showing signs of age earlier in the season. Was the glorious reign finally over? He made nonsense of that question with two strikes in the Bernabeu to earn Real a 3-1 first-leg win. The header to open the scores in Paris was his 117th Champions League goal, extending a remarkable record. Any of Real’s quarter-final opponents who write off the 33-year-old will do so at their peril.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has today commented on a response received from the European Commission to a submission made by him in relation to decision to delay the construction of the Gweedore Sewerage Scheme.Carthy, who is working with local TD Pearse Doherty on this issue, said it is a scandal that this issue has to be resolved by the European Commission when it is clearly the responsibility of the Irish Government.“I welcome the thorough response of the Environment Commissioner to my submission on this scheme and the interest shown in this case.“I also welcome the fact that the European Commission intends to raise this matter with the Irish authorities with a view to including the failure to progress the scheme in an existing infringement case against Ireland in respect of the Urban Wastewater Directive.” He added it is unfortunate that the people of Gweedore have now had to seek redress from the European Institutions for the complete failure of successive Irish Governments to deliver this long promised and necessary scheme.“Sinn Féin will continue to raise this matter with the relevant authorities in Ireland and Europe in order to ensure that all avenues for the progression of this scheme are exhausted and we will continue to fight for the delivery of this scheme for the people of Gweedore.”EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO TAKE ACTION ON GAOTH DOBHAIR SEWERAGE SCHEME DELAY was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAOTH DOBHAIR SEWERAGE SCHEMEMatt CarthyPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more