Gary Lineker slams Kylian Mbappe for mimicking Erling Haaland’s zen celebration

Kylian Mbappe and PSG imitated Erling Haaland's celebration after they knocked Borussia Dortmund out of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Haaland had chosen the iconic celebration during the 2-1 win in Germany last month, but their 2-0 defeat in Paris saw them exit at the round of 16 stage.

Thomas Tuchel’s players then chose to mock their 19-year-old opponent after he failed to send his team through, which has left Gary Lineker feeling aggrieved.

He wrote on Twitter : “Lack of class. He’s 19 for crying out loud.”

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Haaland has scored 12 goals in 11 games since joining the Bundesliga side from Red Bull Salzburg in January in a blistering start.

The Norway international has been confident in his own ability but the actions of PSG could prove to dampen his spirit ahead of his side’s title battle.

The match played behind closed doors as coronavirus fears continue to spread, although Liverpool’s tie against Atletico Madrid was open to spectators.

Goals from Neymar and Juan Bernat went unanswered to give the Ligue 1 leaders their comeback victory, leaving Tuchel feeling proud.

"Honestly we had a good bus ride. We went through the ultras,” he said.

“They gave us a superb welcome at the stadium. It was a crazy atmosphere.

“After the atmosphere in the bus changed. The players started to sing, it was a happy atmosphere with music and they sang together."

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Before adding: "We told them to keep this energy, this joy, this unity and this state of mind on the field

“This match was a moment with great pressure, a big disadvantage but it was also time to get up and what my players did was impressive."

PSG have joined Atalanta, RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals, with Manchester City the only English side left in the competition with a good chance of progression.

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