Champions League Talking Points: Mourinho's Ball Boy, City's slump, Morata's horror miss
Kylian Mbappe was the catalyst for a dramatic Champions League comeback as PSG scored twice in two minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid.
Football, bloody hell! A ball boy assisting a Champions League goal, big-money teams struggling to win and Alvarao Morata making an Alvaro Morata-like error... Just another night of Champions League action, folks!
PSG and Real Madrid played out a draw while Juventus squeezed out a victory against Atletico Madrid in the big matches on Tuesday night while Manchester City struggled against Shakhtar Donetsk further adding to the belief they are jinxed in Europe.
Here are our talking points from a night of action from the Champions League
Ball Boy Hero
"I love intelligent ball boys like I was. I was a brilliant ball boy as a kid,"Spurs coach Mourinho told BT Sport. "And this kid today was brilliant. He reads the game, understands the game and made an important assist. "He's not there just to look to the stands, lights or scarves. He's living the game and playing it very well."
The former Manchester United boss was talking about a quick counter attack from Spurs initiated by the quick-thinking from a ball boy. With the match level at 2-2 and Olympiakos attempting to regroup as the ball drifted out of play, the youngster quickly launched a ball to Serge Aurier, whose throw-in down the wing found Lucas Moura and the Brazilian picked out Kane for the equaliser.
Spurs went on to win the match 4-2 with Harry Kane bettering Alessandro del Piero's record to become the fastest to 20 Champions League goals. Kane achieved the milestone in 24 matches while del Piero's record was for 26 matches.
Morata's miss helps Juve win
Paulo Dybala scored a subline free-kick to help Juventus to a 1-0 home win over Atletico Madrid. The result helped the Turin team clinch the top spot in Group D of the Champions League but they were aided by a horrible miss by Atletico striker Alvaro Morata.
Look at the angle on that Dybala free kick..... what a finish! pic.twitter.com/grG1SyMUiw— Juventus News - Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) November 26, 2019
Atletico, who were knocked out by Juve last season, had the better of the first half but moments before the interval Dybala whipped a superb set-piece in from a narrow angle to open the scoring. But the team from Spain's capital will only have their profligacy to blame for the narrow loss with Morata's miss summing up a dreadful night in front of the goal for Diego Simeone's men.
Diego Costa's neck injury means Morata will have to lead the line for Atletico in the coming weeks, but the Spain striker struggled to make an impact against a rugged Juve backline led by the excellent Leonardo Bonucci.
What is it with Manchester City failing to impress in the Champions League? The Premier League team once again struggled as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Shakhtar on Tuesday night.
One of City's biggest problem has been the issues at the back. They've had to play Fernandinho in the defensive role and it has taken time for Rodri to fully adapt to a new system. This has meant Guardiola shifting from his favoured 4-1-4-1 formation to a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-4-2 to try and change the shape of his team and offer a bit more support to his defence and his new holding midfielder.
This has unfortunately led to City losing their teeth in the attack though, especially with Kevin De Bruyne occupying a secondary striker's role, moving from his usual position in the midfield.
Kylian Mbappe was the catalyst for a dramatic Champions League comeback on Tuesday as Paris Saint-Germain scored twice in two minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid and secure first place in Group A.
Madrid dominated the majority of a pulsating contest at the Santiago Bernabeu and looked to have secured an impressive victory when Karim Benzema scored his second goal in the 79th minute. But PSG have a thing for the dramatic on Champions League nights, don't they?
Mbappe capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score the first for PSG in the 81st minute before Pablo Sarabia, former Real player, drove into the top corner second later after a clever dummy by Neymar (who made a second half appearance after starting on the bench).