Paris Saint Germain vs. Benfica – Football Match Report – 11 October 2022

Paris Saint-Germain were held 1-1 at home by Benfica in their Champions League Group H clash on Tuesday, with the French side failing to win for the third straight game in all competitions confused.

PSG’s Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring with a first-half penalty – after announcing his desire to leave the club in January – before Joao Mario equalized with another kick in the 62nd minute to give visitors a deserved share of the points. .

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The result left PSG top of the group with eight points from four games, ahead of Benfica on goals scored.

Juventus are third with three points, ahead of Maccabi Haifa after being upset 2-0 by the Israeli side earlier on Tuesday.

Seemingly unfazed by reports of his future, Mbappe combined well with Neymar but PSG lacked something in attack in the absence of Lionel Messi, who was ruled out of the game with a calf injury.

Mbappe was substituted at the last minute as he limped off the pitch with a sore ankle five days before PSG face bitter Ligue 1 rivals Marseille.

Benfica got off to a brighter start, although they failed to create any clear chances, as it took PSG 34 minutes to get their first shot on target from Pablo Sarabia, whose feeble attempt was easily saved by Odysseas Vlachodimos.

Six minutes later, however, the hosts took the lead when Mbappe coolly converted a penalty after Juan Bernat was fouled in the box by Antonio Silva. This goal allowed him to become PSG’s top scorer in the Champions League with 31 goals, one more than Edinson Cavani.

Mbappe was back six minutes into the second half, but his right-footed curling effort went just wide.

Benfica then equalized shortly after the hour mark as Mario converted a kick after a bad foul on Rafa Silva by Marco Verratti.

Both teams seemed content with a point from a disappointing encounter that leaves them on the brink of qualification for the last 16.

PSG next host Maccabi Haifa on October 25, when Benfica take on Juventus.

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