Marcus Rashford had never taken a penalty for Manchester United before.
Think about that for a second. He’s 21. It is the last minute of a Champions League knockout match, with victory in the balance. Against him is Gianluigi Buffon, one of the greatest, most experienced goalkeepers the game will ever see. And 50,000 or so Parisians, give or take.
If he scores, this will be one of the greatest comebacks in European history. If he misses, there will be no hiding place. And, beside him, is a £75m striker, almost five years older, and on a hat-trick: Romelu Lukaku. Yet Rashford is taking it.
Marcus Rashford was the hero in Paris, slotting home a last-gasp penalty to send Manchester United into the quarter-finals
The youngster kept his composure after waiting for the decision to be given as the referee consulted VAR on the touchline
Rashford smashed the ball into the top left corner, beating Gianluigi Buffon despite the legendary ‘keeper going the right way
United players sprinted to the corner in the wake of their goalscoring team-mate after the ball rippled the back of the net
The controversial call was made by ref Damir Skomina after consulting VAR and deciding Presnel Kimpembe handled the ball
The game threatened to boil over late on, as tempers reached new levels between both sides in the fiery encounter