PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has come under heavy criticism in Italy after his error that led to Karim Benzema’s equalizer.
Gianluigi Donnarumma agitated the debates in Italy, Wednesday evening after the defeat of PSG on the ground of Real Madrid (3-1) in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League. And the goalkeeper, crowned European champion and best goalkeeper in the competition with Italy last summer, is mostly singled out for his recovery error which allowed Karim Benzema to equalize.
Former referee Graziano Cesari judges that the goal should not have been validated due to a fault by the French striker on the pressing. But in general, the former AC Milan player is criticized for his poor appreciation.
« This elimination is his », launches Capello
« There is cause for concern, confides on Sky Sport Italia, Fabio Capello, essential Italian coach spent on the benches of AC Milan, Real Madrid, Juventus or Nazionale. Now in Paris, I don’t know not how it’s going to be. This elimination is his. Real Madrid didn’t exist until then. »
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Julio Cesar, former Inter Milan goalkeeper, points out the rookie mistake of « Gigio ». « What amazes me is that Donnarumma turned with the ball towards his goal, notes the winner of the 2010 Champions League on Amazon. It’s something you learn not to do when you is a child. When you get the ball back, you always have to push it away from the goal. He risked the own goal. »
On the side of Paris, the reading is different since Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and Leonardo went to complain vigorously to the referee for having awarded the goal. Mauricio Pochettino, the coach, also defended his goalkeeper. « It’s unbelievable that the foul on Donnarumma has not been reviewed on video, he railed on RMC Sport. It’s a very clear foul by Benzema in my opinion. All angles of view show that there is a foul. I don’t understand why there was no VAR at that time. »
According to the Spanish press, Neymar blamed Donnarumma for his mistake. The two men would have clung before being separated by their teammates.