Two first half goals gave Paris Saint-Germain a crucial 2-1 Champions League victory over Liverpool, which put them in an…
Two first half goals gave Paris Saint-Germain a crucial 2-1 Champions League victory over Liverpool, which put them in an excellent position to qualify and leave Jurgen Klopp’s side, finalists last season, at risk.
Juan Bernat opened the score with a low score before Neymar doubled the lead, just for James Milner to give Liverpool hope with a penalty seconds before the break.
PSG had half a chance in the opening minutes when Edinson Cavani failed to control a long ball that, if he could have done that, would have left him clean.
Their high rate began to continue as Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria combined to find Kylian Mbappe, whose effort was diverted by Virgil van Dijk. [1
9659002] Before the 10-minute mark, PSG had another chance when a Liverpool corner had been cleared, since Di Maria’s strike from a distance was parisized by Allisson.
Neymar and Mbappe then linked, Milner’s last fouled but the referee played advantage b for the latter shot was saved.
But PSG did not have to wait a long time before their breakthrough arrived, and Bernat ruled by Alesson stranded 10 meters after the ball was cut off from Mbappe.
With Liverpool struggling for speed and home team swooped forward, Georginho Wijnaldum entered the book for fouling Mbappe and Neymar’s free kick quenched Marquinhos.
Milner returns the ball to Mohamed Salah on the outskirts of the area because Liverpool was looking for a response, but his effort broke wide.
After 24 minutes, Verratti entered the book for a bad challenge on Joe Gomez before reaching halfway, Liverpool created a flicker of danger when Roberto Firmino’s cross was poked away.
Moments later, PSG threatened again when Neymar found Mbappe down to the left and his low cross was a whisker away from the expected Cavani.
Gomez was booked to fouling Neymar after 33 minutes and it became much worse for the visitors t Right minutes later when PSG got stuck in control.
The goal came from a quick break on the left and when Mbappe produced another low cross, Alisson Cavani just denied that Neymar would sweep the rebound in the corner.
But Liverpool took half a lifeline when Sadio Mane drove into the area and Di Maria sent him trembling, Milner blasted the penalty past Gianluigi Buffon.
Three minutes after the break, PSG thought they had added a third, but Marquinhos was offside when he hit home a Di Maria delivery.
But the home team failed to find the intensity they had begun. Milner and Firmino tied before Thiago Silva cleared and Andrew Robertson’s cross then went next to Firmino.
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel had seen enough and made a double change, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Dani Alves who replaced Cavani and Di Maria, with Liverpool at Näke Keita for Wijnaldum shortly after.
Marquinhos had a header rescued by Alisson as the home team tried to recover a soap cushion, but there was nervousness in the home crowd when the game approached its last 20 minutes.
Liverpool, who had taken Daniel Sturridge for Firmino, then introduced Xherdan Shaqiri to Milner, but with 10 minutes to go, they were under pressure when Neymar drove into the area and dropped under the Van Dijks challenge, but the referee waved play.
Mbappe shot over before being replaced by Adrien Rabiot as PSG was leaving Liverpool need to beat Naples at Anfield on the final day of the group.