PSG snatch victory in suffering

The Parisian club beat – not without difficulty – RB Leipzig (1-0) thanks to a penalty from Neymar on Tuesday to keep their destiny in hand with a view to qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Parisian club beat – not without difficulty – RB Leipzig (1-0) thanks to a penalty from Neymar on Tuesday to keep their destiny in hand with a view to qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

(AFP) – It was laborious, but the Parisians ended up snatching victory. This narrow success allows them to take the advantage on goal difference over the Germans, victorious in the first leg (2-1), in front of whom they will finish in the event of a final tie.

With six points each after four days, the two teams will play a distant duel to take the second ticket for the final phase, the first semblance promised to the leader Manchester United (9 pts). If they keep their destiny in hand, Thomas Tuchel’s men also have a more difficult schedule, with a trip to Old Trafford next Wednesday, where they will have to play better, or failing that, show the same solidarity.

Indeed, a defeat in England could spoil everything for the outgoing finalist, who remains engaged on a slippery road. The specter of an industrial accident that would constitute an elimination from the group stage, which the club has always been able to overcome since the arrival of its current Qatari owner in 2011, continues to watch. But to see Neymar, released in the 90th, throwing his water bottle with joy at the final whistle, the atmosphere to prepare this new “final” will be a little lighter.

Decisive Neymar

We will already have to negotiate the reception of Bordeaux on Saturday in Ligue 1. For the anecdote, in February 2019, PSG had beaten the Girondins before going to win with the “Red Devils” three days later, in the 8th first leg (2-0) … Everything is good for the Parisians to be reassured, as they did not deliver against Leipzig the XXL performance that the situation required.

The outgoing finalist, even reinforced by the return of injuries from Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, as well as Marco Verratti for the end of the match, spent his time in suffering. “I think we didn’t have the means to have an exceptional match, but once again, the most important thing was the victory”, reacted Marquinhos on RMC Sport.

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The ordeal continues for the French teams in the European Cup: after Marseille on Tuesday, Rennes and especially Paris SG suffered a new defeat in the Champions League.

Paris was satisfied with a generous penalty transformed by “Ney” (11th), on a foul by Marcel Sabitzer on Angel di Maria, to get out of this trap – a “joke”, criticized RBL coach Julian Nagelsmann , raised against arbitration. Elsewhere, the Brazilian superstar has distinguished himself very little, except for his numerous rolls which offered a sad spectacle of his talent. “We were unlucky in Leipzig, today we had a bit of it,” said Tuchel, “tired” of answering questions about the quality of the game: “We played with a big heart,” he said. he withheld.

Mbappé, him, chained an 8th consecutive C1 game without scoring. His 100th achievement with PSG – he is at 99 – will wait. But anyway, the face of the match, upset, hardly lent itself to this kind of celebration. – Nervousness – The noisy “Vamos” of Marquinhos, who filled the minutes between the hymn of the competition and the kick-off, were the prelude to a difficult match for the tense Parisians, which the encouragement of the audience would have helped them overcome their nervousness.

TOPSHOT - Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on ahead of the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Dijon Football Cote d'Or (DFCO) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on October 24, 2020 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

After the setback conceded against Manchester United, the Parisians are revenge before meeting Basaksehir on Wednesday for the second day of the Champions League. At the same time, the reunion between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi during the Juventus-Barcelona clash is postponed.

Paris played as if he were on the outside, regrouped in his camp facing the Germans carried forward. At halftime, PSG had its lowest possession (37%) since September 2017 in C1, noted statistician Opta.

The quick advantage given by Neymar reinforced his cautious strategy, so much so that RB Leipzig created all the best opportunities, between Sabitzer (11th), Dayot Upamecano (12th), Amadou Haidara (38th) and Emil Forsberg (45th + 1). The Swedish striker tried again upon returning from the locker room (49th). Leipzig pushed, pushed, until forcing Tuchel to finish the last half hour with five defenders. Yussuf Poulsen, from the head (78th), and Sabitzer (88th) sent the last chills. But Paris resisted and Paris remains alive.


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