PSG moan 'football is so unfair' but have short memories after Newcastle farce

Luis Enrique has moaned that football is 'so unfair' - just months after his PSG side benefited from a controversial penalty decision against Newcastle United.

Enrique made the remark after PSG failed to reach the Champions League final following a 2-0 aggregate defeat against a Borussia Dortmund outfit who Newcastle also met in the group stages earlier this season. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi felt the Ligue 1 champions were the 'better team' against Dortmund and the Qatari lamented how football 'isn't fair'. Enrique, unsurprisingly, made the same point after his team's semi-final exit.

"When the result is that, of course, it's a difficult match," the PSG boss said following a 1-0 defeat in the second-leg at the Parc des Princes. "A tight match but, to be honest, we deserved to win that match. We created 31 shots, hit the post four times and, in the two matches, we hit the post six times and didn't score a goal. It's unbelievable. Football is so unfair sometimes."

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Enrique is unlikely to find much sympathy for his side's profligacy, particularly on Tyneside, after PSG were awarded a contentious spot-kick in the final minutes against Newcastle in Paris back in November. Having already hammered PSG 4-1 at St James', the Magpies were on course to defeat the hosts on their own turf - only for Tino Livramento to be bizarrely penalised for handball at the death.

Livramento's arm was in a natural position after the ball ricocheted off his chest onto his elbow but, after consulting his pitchside monitor, referee Szymon Marciniak pointed to the spot. Kylian Mbappe stepped up to cancel out Alexander Isak's first-half opener and make it 1-1.

Newcastle's fate, as a result, was out of their own hands going into the final round of group games when a win in the French capital would have left the black-and-whites in second place. It is worth noting that Newcastle, regardless, lost their final group fixture against AC Milan, but only after pouring forward late on in search of the winner they needed at 1-1. Had PSG not converted that controversial penalty at the Parc des Princes, a point against Milan would have been enough for Newcastle to progress after Enrique's team could only draw in Dortmund in their final group game.

Dortmund deservedly topped the group and, after eliminating PSG, Atletico Madrid and PSV in the knockout stages, the Bundesliga giants will face either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final at Wembley next month. However, Dortmund manager Edin Terzic has not forgotten how his side were 'dead' after picking up just a single point in their opening two group games several months ago.

Newcastle were top of the so-called group of death at the time and, after reaching the final, Terzic pointed to Dortmund's 1-0 win at St James' Park as a turning point on a night the Magpies twice hit the bar and goalkeeper Gregor Kobel denied both Callum Wilson and Anthony Gordon. Having watched Dortmund and PSG go deep in the competition, that loss was yet another reminder to Eddie Howe of the fine margins at this level following Newcastle's first Champions League campaign in more than two decades.

"That wasn't lost on me that those two teams had qualified for the semi-finals," the Newcastle boss added. "It gives more credibility to our group - not that it maybe needed it.

"We knew when the draw came out that was as hard as we could get and we felt during those games that they were two very good teams so part of you always goes back and thinks, 'What if?' Things could have been very different, but you have to live with the here and now and we're very much getting on with our own situation."