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Fans fearful after PSG finish second and will take on a group winner in Champions League last 16

Josh Lawless

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Fans fearful after PSG finish second and will take on a group winner in Champions League last 16

Fans of English clubs are terrified of potentially facing Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 after the Ligue One outfit finished second by the narrowest of margins.

Having beaten Juventus 2-1 in Turin, PSG recorded 14 points from six games, winning four and drawing two. They scored 16, conceded seven and had a goal difference of nine as a result.

But so too did Benfica after they destroyed Maccabi Haifa 6-1 on the final matchday. The score was 1-1 at half-time and the Portuguese giants went on to score five times in the final 31 minutes.

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A 92nd minute strike from former Inter Milan and West Ham midfielder Joao Mario meant that Benfica topped the group on away goals.

PSG will be livid that they finished second in their group for the second year running but of all the runners up, they are definitely the team group winners want to avoid.

Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar and the crew could come up against Manchester City, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Spurs, Napoli, Porto or Bayern Munich.


PSG were second to City in Group A last season after accruing 11 points from six games. They managed 14 and didn't lose a game this time around but will still have to come up against a group winner.

They were leading Real 2-0 on aggregate at one point in last season's round of 16 before Karim Benzema came up clutch with a stunning hat-trick that knocked them out and moved Los Blancos closer to a 14th European crown.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

The draw for the round of 16 will be made on Monday, with ties to be played in February.

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Topics: Paris Saint-Germain, Champions League, Manchester City, Benfica, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur

Josh Lawless
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