Champions League: PSG’s painful past against Juventus

Champions League: PSG's painful past against Juventus

PSG fell this Thursday in a historic Champions League group with Juventus, Benfica and Haifa. Eliminated by Maccabi in the first round of the Coupe des Coupes in 1998, still defeated at the Estadio da Luz, the Parisians above all have a difficult past with their rival Turin, the main obstacle in this group stage.

In their entire history, Paris have never beaten the Bianconeri, falling six times in eight European meetings. And the Old Woman has always lifted the trophy after crossing the path of PSG.

Season 83/84: “The Waltz of Regrets”

For their first meeting, in the round of 16 of the Coupe des Coupes, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus start with a draw (2-2). A draw full of regrets for the Parisians, led by Safet Susic and Alain Couriol, who would have deserved a victory against the Ballon d’Or winners Michel Platini and Paolo Rossi (1983, 1984 and 1985 for the Frenchman, 1982 for the Italian).

But the capital club were unable to maintain the lead gained before the break thanks to their French striker and saw Juve equalize and then lead with goals from Poland’s Zbigniew Boniek and Italy’s Antonio Cabrini. Even if Michel N’Gom snatches the tie away from him, Turin will qualify.” Italian style in the second leg (0–0), then went on to win the competition by beating Porto in the final. ” Despite all its meritorious efforts, Paris was unable to achieve the goal it so longed for. It was unfortunate, but that’s football sometimes. “Victor Sinet wrote in our columns on November 3, 1983.

Season 89/90: “The Perfect Crime”

Paris don’t know it as they approach their second round of the 1989-1990 UEFA Cup, but they will never have Juve in check again, at least on the scoreboard. Although Les Rouge et Bleu got off to a good start in the first leg, they were caught in a counterattack after one hour of play and fell (0-1). ” The perfect crime writes Rémy Lacombe in L’Équipe on October 19.

In the second leg, the dreams of exploits live on when Daniel Bravo equalizes 1-1 after half an hour. But the bianconeri wear “ mercy movement Six minutes to go, on a shot by Luigi De Agostini deflected by Jean-Pierre Bosser (2-1, 3-1 aggregate). Juventus beat the ancestor of the Europa League a few weeks later, against Fiorentina.

Season 92/93: “Incorrectibles”

Once again Paris hangs Turin on the grass, but once again the result is unfavorable to them. In the UEFA Cup semi-finals, PSG suffered from the same shortcomings that have cost them serious road trips in their most recent history: they couldn’t hang on to a result. What Rémy Lacombe translates into a phrase: “ But when will Parisians understand that a game lasts 90 minutes? »

While the tie in Italy seemed assured thanks to a goal from George Weah in the first half, Antoine Kombouaré commits a foul in the last seconds of the game and Roberto Baggio finds the clear (2-1). Two weeks later, this same Baggio scored again to see off PSG at the gates of the final. The Italians will win the trophy by beating Dortmund twice (3-1, 3-0).

Season 96/97: “Ridiculous! »

January 16, 1997, final of the first leg of the European Super Cup. The newspaper L’Équipe does not have a word strong enough to describe the performance of PSG who, the day before, gave the final victory to Juve: ” Ridiculous ! “, we rate this first leg won 6-1 by the Bianconeri. ” Juventus Turin won the second European Super Cup in its history last night. Because nobody imagines that PSG, crushed last night by 1-6 at home, can reverse the situation in a fortnight in Turin “, we wrote.

The words are harsh but at the height of the slap suffered by the capital club against Zinédine Zidane and his partners. Leading 4-0 at half-time, booed by their home crowd, the Parisians, winners of the Coupe des Coupes in 1996, saved Rai’s honor on penalties after returning from the locker room. But the Brazilian does not avoid the wrath of the then president, Michel Denisot, by saying his ” shame nor the defeat in the second leg despite a new penalty (3-1, 9-2 aggregate).

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