Champions League match resumes with powerful show of solidarity from PSG, Istanbul Basaksehir and officials
December 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
The suspended Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir began with a powerful show of solidarity, less than 24 hours after it was marred by an alleged racist incident involving a match official.
(CNN)The suspended Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir began with a powerful show of solidarity, less than 24 hours after it was marred by an alleged racist incident involving a match official.
On Tuesday, the match was halted when both teams walked off the pitch in protest after Romanian fourth official Sebastian Colţescu was accused of making an alleged racist comment towards Basaksehir assistant coach Pierre Webo, who is Cameroonian.
Both teams refused to resume Tuesday with Colţescu still involved so UEFA announced a new officiating team for Wednesday's resumption.
The events of the past 24 hours could serve to draw a line in the sand in football's fight against racism, marking the first time two teams have walked off the pitch and caused a match to be abandoned following an incident of alleged racism.
When the match resumed with 14 minutes on the clock, Istanbul Basaksehir were by far the superior team.
However, it only took PSG five minutes to find its feet and Kylian Mbappe really should have given his side the lead, but failed to test Basaksehir goalkeeper Mert Gunok when through on goal.
PSG needed a victory to guarantee top spot in Group H ahead of RB Leipzig after the German club's 3-2 victory over Manchester United on Tuesday and looked to have all but wrapped up the three points just minutes after scoring the first.
Defender Mitchel Bakker thought he had added a third for PSG less than a minute later, finishing off the loose ball after Neymar had been challenged by Gunok.
Up stepped Mbappe to score his first Champions League goal of the season and cement PSG's place at the top of Group H.
Mehmet Topal scored a scrappy consolation goal for Basaksehir, but Mbappe scored his second goal just five minutes later to wrap up a convincing 5-1 win and top arguably the hardest group in this season's competition.