why PSG finished second in their group behind Benfica

Cedric Hunter

PSG’s victory over Juventus (2-1) on Wednesday was not enough for the Parisians to secure first place in their group. In the other match, Benfica won against Maccabi Haifa (6-1) away from home and therefore disrupted the standings. Focus on an unknown part of the UEFA regulations.

PSG won without convincing against Juventus Turin. The Parisian team won 2-1 against the Italians on Wednesday evening. At the same time, Benfica pulverized Maccabi Haifa 6-1. The first place in the group therefore flies to PSG when they have not lost a match since the start of the competition.

“It was irrational”

For the first time in history, UEFA has used paragraph g of article 17 to decide between two teams tied on points, goals scored and goals conceded. Benefica managed to make the difference in terms of the number of away goals scored. Christophe Galtier, PSG coach, considers this scenario unimaginable: “Since I arrived at PSG, I often talk to you about the Champion’s League, saying that irrational things are happening there, I think tonight was irrational”.

Bad luck still seems to strike PSG, cursed season after season on the European scene. This does not affect the morale of his captain Marquinhos, follower of the Coué method: “I have been here for a long time, there is always a little thing. That’s the Champion’s league, that’s the great matches and great emotions.

PSG will therefore wait feverishly for the draw for the round of 16 with potential opponents Manchester City, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Tottenham, Naples or Porto. Bayern Munich also have a one in four chance of falling on PSG.


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