PSG break their own unwanted Champions League record with monumental collapse

PSG broke their own unwanted Champions League record during their collapse against Real Madrid.

The French side were cruising into the quarter finals of the competition before their Spanish opponents flipped the tie on its head courtesy of a Karim Benzema hat-trick.

His trio of strikes in the 61st, 76th and 78th minutes ensured it was Real who progressed, and not PSG, with a 3-2 aggregate win.

As if the embarrassment of squandering a two-goal lead wasn't bad enough, Maurcio Pochettino's players did so in record-breaking fashion.

Conceding three goals in 16 minutes and 41 seconds was a first in a Champions League match since 2017.

It last happened when PSG capitulated against Barcelona, also at the last 16 stage, as per Opta stats.

They had entered the game with a 4-0 first-leg lead, but found themselves just 5-3 ahead on aggregate come the 88th minute.

Then they somehow conceded three more times before the full-time whistle with Sergi Roberto's 95th-minute winner giving Barca a 6-5 victory.

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Bottling a lead has become a common theme of PSG's quest for European glory, which now continues for another season.

It first happened in the 2013/14 season against Chelsea, who they had beat 3-1 in the quarter-finals first leg at the Parc des Prince.

The reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge saw goals from Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba knock them out by virtue of the away goals rule, now defunct in the competition.

Five years later they were even better positioned to progress to the last eight past Manchester United.

But after winning 2-0 at Old Trafford the Ligue 1 outfit conceded three times on home turf to again lose by away goals.

They came narrowly come to achieving their ultimate goal of winning the Champions League in 2020, but didn't turn up again as Bayern Munich ran out 1-0 winners.

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