Watch: Ronaldo scores screamer for United merely a minute after Messi's penalty miss against Real Madrid; Twitter erupts
Lionel Messi missed a penalty but an extra-time goal from Kylian Mbappe secured PSG a 1-0 win over Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, opened the goalscoring for United against Brighton.
Kylian Mbappe's last-minute goal gave Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday. After both sides were locked goalless at the end of 90 minutes, Mbappe spared PSG a frustrating night as he skipped through the Real defence in stoppage time.
However, the French side had another opportunity to take a lead in the first leg during the 61st minute of the game, when Mbappe had won a penalty after being fouled inside the box by Dani Carvajal. However, Argentina's Lionel Messi endured a disappointing penalty miss; goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois stretched low to his left to stop the Argentinian's shot with his hand.
Incidentally, Messi's long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who, at the same time, had been playing for Manchester United against Brighton in the Premier League, scored a brilliant solo goal merely a minute after the Argentinian's penalty miss to give United a 1-0 lead in the game.
As both incidents took place simultaneously, the fans had a field day on Twitter.
Courtois later revealed that he had studied Messi's penalties. “I’d studied Messi’s penalties a lot and I tried to play with him when I was on the line,” Courtois said. “You’ve also got to have that little bit of luck.”
The Belgian keeper has faced Messi on numerous occasions during the latter's time at Barcelona.
Manchester United, meanwhile, secured a 2-0 win over Brighton – their first in any competition since January 22. Bruno Fernandes scored the second goal of the night in extra time to seal the three points for United.
With this win, United remain fourth in the Premier League table (43 points) but have played three games more than the sixth-placed Arsenal, who are four points behind. Manchester City, with 63 points, are comfortably placed at the top of the table.