‘This is football, not basketball!’ – PSG boss Luis Enrique dismisses Newcastle frustrations over penalty decision
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 29, 2023 - 11:07PM
Dembele’s effort came off Livramento’s chest then arm (Picture: Getty)

Saint-Germain boss has dismissed ’s frustrations over the controversial penalty that rescued his side a point on Tuesday night.

The French giants were trailing to Newcastle for most of the game in the crucial Champions League group stage clash between the two sides.

Alexander Isak’s early goal gave the visitors the lead with passing up a string of opportunities to draw level.

In the 98th minute of injury time, the hosts were awarded a penalty when Ousmane Dembele’s ball came off Tino Livramento’s arm in the penalty area. During a VAR check, it appeared the ball had first come off the full-back’s chest before hitting his elbow, with Uefa rules suggesting a handball should not be awarded if the ball has already deflected off another part of the player’s body.

and while the decision infuriated Newcastle, Enrique was not so sympathetic.

‘This is football, it is not basketball. We are one of the teams that scores the most goals in Europe, there is no doubt,’ he said. ‘One day the ball doesn’t want to go in and this is what happens. It’s like the script of a horror movie, but I hope to finish first in the group.’

‘I am not dedicated to looking at the VAR, my job is to coach my team. Ask me about anything about my team and I will answer you.’

Enrique’s side perhaps lucky to escape with a draw (Picture: Getty)

insisting they showed ‘nothing’ after taking the lead.

‘It’s frustrating because we dominated this team from start to finish,’ Mbappe said after the game.

‘They have nothing. We knew it was their game to have nothing but we have to finish our chances better. We have too many chances for a Champions League match. It’s not the structure or the organisation, it’s us the players. We need to be much more diligent in front of goal.

‘In tough matches, we have to kill, we had too many chances. Normally we should win the match by a wide margin.

‘There is nothing to be relieved about. We have to stay under pressure because we have a match to win and we are going there to win it.’

The win on Tuesday leaves PSG in second place on seven points in their group, two ahead of Newcastle and AC Milan. The Ligue 1 side take on leaders Borussia Dortmund in Germany in the final group game where a win for the visitors will guarantee both sides progress to the last 16.

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