‘During the match we did not know’: Kylian Mbappe claims the PSG players were unaware of what was happening elsewhere after Benfica pipped the Parisians to top spot in their Champions League group on AWAY GOALS after thrashing Maccabi Haifa 6-1
- PSG headed into the final round of group stage games in top spot in Group H
- They beat Juventus 2-1 away but Benfica thrashed Maccabi Haifi 6-1 in Israel
- This meant that Benfica finished above PSG in the group on away goals scored
- Kylian Mbappe said the PSG players didn’t know Benfica’s score until late on
Christophe Galtier‘s side headed into their final game in Group H in top spot. They were level on points with Benfica but had a superior goal difference by four.
After Mbappe had opened the scoring, Leonardo Bonucci equalised for the Italian giants before Nuno Mendes netted the winner in the second half.
Kylian Mbappe has bemoaned the fact PSG finished second in their Champions League group
However, Benfica thrashed Maccabi Haifi 6-1 in Israel, meaning that the Portuguese side ultimately pipped PSG to top spot by virtue of goals scored away from home.
PSG netted six away goals in the group, while Benfica scored nine – they drew 1-1 in both encounters against each other.
And the French superstar claimed after the match that his side were unaware of the situation regarding Benfica for the majority of the match and were only informed about it during the final few minutes of the game.
PSG beat Juventus 2-1 but as Benfica won 6-1 against Maccabi Haifa, the Portuguese side pipped the French champions to top spot by virtue of away goals scored in the group stage
‘During the match, we did not know, but in the end, they tried to warn us,’ Mbappe told RMC sport post-match.
‘But that was the end, it doesn’t matter, we qualified. We came to do the work, that’s not enough, we’ll watch the draw and we’ll play to win.’
As a result of their second-placed finish, PSG will have to face a winner of one of the other groups in the round of 16.
This means they will play Napoli, Manchester City, Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.
Benfica have been flying this season and ended up scoring nine away goals to PSG’s six
Despite significant speculation about Mbappe’s future and off-field problems this season, the 23-year-old has been in fine form.
In just 18 games in all competitions, the forward has scored 18 times and added five assists.
Mbappe is also currently the joint top-scorer in the Champions League on seven goals – level with Mohamed Salah.