By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 13th February 2019
Manchester United are 20/1 underdogs to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after suffering a 0-2 home defeat in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie with Paris Saint Germain last night.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men can glean some hope ahead of the return fixture in the French capital, not only because they held their own in the first half, but because their opponents have succumbed to some high-profile continental bottle jobs in recent campaigns.
Barcelona 6-1 PSG (agg 5-6), March 2017
Les Parisiens utterly pants-downed Lionel Messi and friends in front of an adoring Parc des Princes faithful in the first leg of their last-16 encounter, winning 4-0.
The Camp Nou club were left with not even an away goal to their names, having to make Champions League history in order to advance, yet Unai Emery’s side managed to surrender their lead in a way which beggared belief.
When Edinson Cavani struck to reinstate a two-goal advantage in the 62nd minute, it seemed their potential collapse had been staved off.
Even when a Neymar penalty levelled the tie at 5-5 on aggregate in the first minute of injury time, PSG were still qualifying on away goals, yet holding out wasn’t possible.
Sergi Roberto latched on to a chipped pass 52 seconds into the last of the stipulated five minutes of additional time to render the monumental choke complete.
Chelsea 2-0 PSG (agg a3-3), April 2014
Three years earlier, the French champions blew a more modest, yet still commanding, first-leg-lead under Laurent Blanc to exit the competition at the quarter-final stage.
Javier Pastore’s 93rd-minute strike assured Les Rouge et Bleu a 3-1 advantage to defend in London, where a single away goal would give Chelsea a mountain to climb.
Things looked even better for the visitors when Stamford Bridge talisman Eden Hazard was withdrawn from action injured on 18 minutes.
Yet, just 14 minutes later his replacement Andre Schurrle found the back of the net to bring the Blues within one strike of winning the tie on away goals.
When the match restarted after the interval, PSG appeared to weather the Chelsea storm, with both Schurrle and Oscar hitting the crossbar within two minutes of one another.
On 76 minutes, Cavani blazed over the bar when presented with a golden opportunity to put the tie to sleep, before, much like their Camp Nou capitulation in 2017, they failed to see out the game.
Demba Ba scrambled home the decisive strike three minutes from time.