PSG failed to beat their Portuguese opponents but retained their leading spot on the Group H table.
Benfica held Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw in their Champions League game on Tuesday. Two penalties determined the game’s result, with both sides struggling to find goalscoring chances.
Another precious draw for Benfica!
Benfica managed to hold PSG to a 1-1 draw in their previous meeting last week.
It seemed that the Portuguese side were up for a more difficult task away from home. But they soon showed they didn’t travel to Paris to lose.
PSG’s attempts for an early breakthrough failed while Benfica actively looked for counter-attacking chances. However, the Parisians’ pressure ultimately resulted in a penalty in the 30th minute.
A careless challenge from Antonio Silva convinced the referee to award the hosts a spot-kick. Mbappe, whose planned move away from PSG dominated the headlines today, took the penalty ahead of Neymar, converting it with a precise low shot. The goal made Mbappe PSG’s all-time top-scorer in the Champions League, putting him above the likes Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
PSG tried to use the momentum to secure the win at the beginning of the second period. However, their opponents remained patient, looking for a chance to come back.
The guests finally did so when a clumsy challenge by Marco Verratti earned them a penalty just after the hour mark. Joao Mario scored from the spot to nullify Mbappe’s goal, registering his side’s only shot on target during the game.
PSG found a few chances to restore their lead, going as far as to score a disallowed goal through Mbappe. However, they had to eventually settle for a 1-1 draw ahead of their crucial match against Marseille next weekend.