A brazen Paris Saint-Germain were defeated for long spells however hung on after an early Neymar punishment to beat RB Leipzig 1-0 on Tuesday and resuscitate their Champions League crusade.
Last season’s other participants had lost two of their initial three matches in Group H and would have been gazing at an early exit from the opposition had they lost again to the Germans in secret at the Parc des Princes.
However Neymar’s eleventh moment spot-kick demonstrated enough for a PSG side battling with wounds and suspensions, as Leipzig neglected to change over any of the odds that came their direction.
“We are a group who, in the troublesome minutes, figure out how to stay together and work admirably. Indeed we demonstrated that,” chief Marquinhos disclosed to RMC Sport.
Both PSG and Leipzig are currently level on six focuses with two games still to come, with Manchester United three focuses clear at the highest point of the part in the wake of facilitating to a 4-1 triumph over Istanbul Basaksehir.
Critically, PSG have the no holds barred preferred position over Leipzig, on account of an away objective, if the two groups end level on focuses. They lost 2-1 when the groups met in Germany three weeks back.
Thomas Tuchel’s group go to Old Trafford next and the inclination is that the French heroes could at present simply advance to the last 16 in the lead position as they could neglect to qualify by any means.
They disregarded Leipzig in the semi-finals of last season’s opposition in Lisbon in August however imploded worryingly in their last gathering with Julian Nagelsmann’s group in the wake of taking an early lead.
Here they again went in front and afterward prevailing with regards to seeing the game out notwithstanding battling frantically to keep up belonging and stop the floods of Leipzig assaults.
“There are bunches of things that happen that individuals perhaps don’t think about,” demanded Marquinhos, with PSG having battled with wounds, suspensions and Covid diseases throughout the season.
Here they were without as many as six first-team regulars.
“I don’t think we had the means to put in an exceptional performance, but the most important thing was the victory.”
The decisive spot-kick was awarded when Marcel Sabitzer was rather harshly adjudged to have fouled Angel di Maria.
Neymar stepped up to roll the ball home from 12 yards for his first Champions League goal of the season on what was his first start in almost a month after injury.
Alongside him, Kylian Mbappe saw his European goal drought go on — Ligue 1’s leading scorer has still not scored a Champions League goal in 2020 in eight appearances.
Nevertheless, PSG did not need their French World Cup-winning superstar to be at his best as Leipzig — who have not managed to replace Timo Werner since the Germany striker left for Chelsea — were unable to turn their dominance of possession into goals.
Dayot Upamecano saw his header tipped over by Keylor Navas and Emil Forsberg turned a Dani Olmo cross over the top in the first half.
The pressure continued at the start of the second half, but Forsberg and Sabitzer notably missed the target and the chances dried up after the home side reverted to a three-man central defence in the closing stages.