Kylian Mbappe's Paris Saint-Germain reaction says it all as Newcastle United rue VAR blunder

Paris Saint-Germain's French forward #07 Kylian Mbappe (R) reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League group F football match with Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)Paris Saint-Germain's French forward #07 Kylian Mbappe (R) reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League group F football match with Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's French forward #07 Kylian Mbappe (R) reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League group F football match with Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain secured second spot in Group F to qualify for the Champions League last 16 ahead of Newcastle United and AC Milan.

Kylian Mbappe cut a frustrated figure at the end of Paris Saint-Germain's 1-1 draw in Borussia Dortmund, despite the result being enough to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.

The French giants needed to beat Dortmund to finish top of Group F but instead scraped through in second due to having a better head-to-head record over third-place AC Milan.

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Rather than search for a winner in Germany, Mbappe and his teammates were reportedly instructed by manager Luis Enrique to preserve their draw as a defeat would have resulted in Milan, leading 2-1 at Newcastle United, going through.

Paris Saint-Germain's French forward #07 Kylian Mbappe (R) reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League group F football match with Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)Paris Saint-Germain's French forward #07 Kylian Mbappe (R) reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League group F football match with Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's French forward #07 Kylian Mbappe (R) reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League group F football match with Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

It was an instruction that did not go down well with Mbappe, who looked furious at the final whistle.

"I understand his frustration," former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit told RMC Sport.

"If I were in his place, I would not have understood the instructions from the bench either. We saw the bench get up and Achraf Hakimi tell his teammates to calm things down.

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"Mbappe doesn’t think like the majority of players. He’s right, I’m sorry, but he knows. He plans ahead and knows what’s going to happen. He knows very well who PSG could face next.

"We know his ambitions, he doesn’t want to finish second and he knows there was room to finish first."

In response to Mbappe’s reaction, Enrique replied: "It’s normal for the players to be frustrated, we had five chances to score, five very clear chances.

"We would be a bit stupid to continue taking risks in the 85th minute with the possibility of conceding a goal and being eliminated. When a player is frustrated because he wants to score more goals, that’s when I intervene by having an overview to say, ‘yes we will win, but without taking excessive risks’.

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"When the emotions come down after the match, it’s the time to appreciate that it was a great qualification. It was the most difficult group in the competition. Many would have liked to see us dead, but we are very alive."

PSG, in theory, would have finished bottom of the group had that controversial late penalty to draw 1-1 with Newcastle on matchday five not stood. It also cost United a Europa League spot.

But Mbappe's frustrations weren't at scraping through the group, but rather what second spot instead of first means for the knockout stages.

PSG, on paper, will face a less favourable draw as they take on one of the other group winners, including the likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid or Barcelona.

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