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PSG v Benfica Live Commentary, 12/10/22

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1 - 1
PSG
SLB
K. Mbappé (39 pen)
João Mário (62 pen)
Parc des Princes

Commentary

That's all from the Parc des Princes today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Benfica have still never beaten PSG, but they now move on to their penultimate group game against an ailing Juventus, beaten in Haifa earlier today. Meanwhile, Paris tackle Maccabi next - both matches set for a fortnight's time.
Drawing 1-1 for the second time in the space of a week, both of Group H's top two settle for another single-point haul and remain locked at the summit of the standings. With either side clearly respectful of the other's ability to punish mistakes, it was a close-fought encounter for the most part, and both goals came from the penalty spot. Benfica prolong their undefeated streak yet further, while Paris will have to be content with a result that keeps them favourites to reach the knockout stage.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: PSG 1-1 BENFICA
Chiquinho
João Mário
Benfica
90' + 3' Chiquinho is offered a brief run-out, as Benfica goalscorer Mario makes way.
Carlos Soler
K. Mbappé
PSG
90' Once again the star player today, Mbappe is taken off; Soler comes on.
88' With a desperate intervention, Goncalves shuts the door on Marquinhos inside the Benfica box, as Paris push for a winner. Mukiele had pulled the ball back into a dangerous area, but his appeals for a penalty are in vain.
86' The Parc des Princes celebrates wildly for no more than three seconds, as Mbappe sends a spectacular volleyed effort crashing into the roof of the net from close range. Straight away, the flag goes up for offside, and the 'goal' is immediately ruled out!
N. Mukiele
Juan Bernat
PSG
85' Having played a big part by winning the Paris penalty, Bernat makes way for Mukiele.
Fabián Ruiz
Vitinha
PSG
85' Galtier makes a late change in midfield, as Ruiz is brought on for Vitinha.
Gilberto
Yellow Card
Benfica
83' With Mbappe slipping away from him down the touchline, a desperate lunge by Gilberto results in a foul and subsequent yellow card - he's the fifth Benfica player booked today.
80' Being closed down by Marquinhos and Verratti, the well-placed Draxler just can't get a clear shot off from the edge of the box, and his attempt is blocked behind for a corner by the former.
Diogo Gonçalves
Florentino
Benfica
78' The third of Schmidt's triple change sees Goncalves replacing Florentino.
J. Draxler
Rafa
Benfica
78' Appearing against his parent club, Draxler is brought on for Rafa in the Benfica front three.
Rodrigo Pinho
Gonçalo Ramos
Benfica
77' Having been starved of any clear chances today, Ramos is withdrawn and Pinho will replace him.
76' After Neymar sends over an inswinging cross from a corner, an aerial contest between Gilberto and Ramos sees the pair clash heads inside the six-yard box. Both are grounded as a result, and will need some medical attention.
H. Ekitike
Pablo Sarabia
PSG
74' Sarabia is going to make way with little over 15 minutes remaining; Ekitike is offered a chance to impress up front.
73' Taking a chance, considering he's just been booked for a foul on the very same player, Fernandez tangles with Neymar again; conceding another free-kick.
71' Perhaps more taking a breather and drawing the sting from the game, Neymar is down on the turf following Fernandez's challenge. Soon enough, he is able to return to his feet and the game goes on.
E. Fernández
Yellow Card
Benfica
69' Neymar is felled again, this time by Fernandez, and the Argentinian midfielder becomes the latest Benfica player to be booked.
67' Florentino fails to time his challenge quite as well this time, as he brings down Neymar to concede a free-kick.
65' Mbappe hares clear of two challenges in typical fashion, and makes progress into the Benfica box. However, his run in on goal is stopped by a fantastic sliding challenge by Florentino, who extends a leg and diverts the ball away at the last second - superb defending!
Gilberto
A. Bah
Benfica
63' Straight after the visitors pull level, Schmidt takes Bah off, to be replaced by Gilberto.
Penalty Goal
62' BENFICA LEVEL! A powerful penalty by Mario thumps into the back of the net, as he takes no notice of Donnarumma's imposing presence to score Benfica's equaliser! He struck it straight down the middle: 1-1!
M. Verratti
Yellow Card
PSG
61' A clumsy slip and subsequent trip on Rafa earns Verratti a booking - which sees him suspended next time out - and also concedes a penalty.
60' PENALTY CONFIRMED! Benfica have the chance to equalise from 12 yards! The referee concurs with his VAR colleagues and awards the Eagles a precious penalty, following Verratti's trip on Rafa!
59' PENALTY FOR BENFICA? A trip by Verratti, who lost control of his footing when tracking back, brings down Rafa just inside the box. The VAR has called the on-field referee to the pitchside monitor to assess the incident, but it looks clear-cut!
56' Following a brief period of threat from their visitors, PSG patiently keep the ball and build up from the back. There's no real requirement for them to take the initiative here, so Galtier will be quite pleased, you'd assume.
54' Benfica bite back, as Ramos gets a rare sniff of goal. However, his header is steered wide of the target from inside the area.
52' JUST WIDE! Picking up where he left off before the interval, Mbappe almost doubles Paris' lead, as he picks up the ball on the left side of the area before lining up a curling strike. His shot zips past Vlachodimos and also wide of the far post - but only by a whisker!
50' With a delightful high ball, angled across the Paris box, Rafa picks out Aursnes at the back post, but the midfielder fluffs his attempt at a shot.
48' After ending the first half on top - in both scoreline and territory - PSG have started in a similar manner since returning to the field. A second goal would surely seal the deal and secure a spot in the last 16 for a 10th consecutive year.
46' We are back under way at the Parc des Princes!
Yet to lose at all this season, Benfica now have only 45 minutes to preserve their invincible status: can they fight back after the break and at least stay level with PSG at the top of Group H?
A tepid first half rarely showcased the technical talent both teams have to offer, as caution increasingly took hold, but with the interval approaching, PSG grew into the game and became its dominant force. Always looking the man most likely to score, Mbappe did so with aplomb from the spot - becoming his club's record Champions League scorer in the process. Benfica are still very much in the contest, but Schmidt may ponder a change of approach should his side still trail heading into the final half-hour.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: PSG 1-0 BENFICA
Florentino
Yellow Card
Benfica
45' + 3' Benfica are increasingly struggling with the craft of PSG's attacking trio, and Florentino is now the latest man to have his name taken by the referee, for a foul on Sarabia.
45' + 1' SAVE! Paris waste another set-piece, from the free-kick, but Mbappe soon finds himself back on the ball just inside the area. He takes the chance to strike, but cannot get enough purchase on the attempt, which is saved low down by Vlachodimos.
45' A typically flamboyant flick and tight control from Neymar sets him away from his marker, but he then goes down easily under a challenge from Ramos; earning a free-kick 25 yards out from goal.
João Mário
Yellow Card
Benfica
43' For a clear foul on Verratti in midfield, Mario is shown a yellow card.
41' Mbappe has now scored his fourth Champions League goal this season, more than any other PSG player. Indeed, with 31 goals in 48 appearances for Paris he overtakes Edinson Cavani to become the club’s top scorer in the European Cup/Champions League.
K. Mbappé
Penalty Goal
PSG
39' PSG LEAD! With an assured swipe of the right boot, Mbappe puts Paris ahead from the penalty spot, as he tucks the ball into the bottom corner! Bernat won the penalty, conceded by Benfica's Silva, and the French superstar made no mistake from 12 yards: 1-0!
38' PENALTY FOR PARIS! A slide-rule ball through from Verratti on the left side of the area picks out the on-rushing Bernat, and an ill-timed tackle by young Silva clips the wing-back's foot; resulting in a PSG penalty!
36' PSG are attacking a little more persistently now, as Mbappe nearly breaks through the Benfica defence twice - the second occasion ending with Bah blocking the ball behind for a corner to the hosts.
34' Neymar's silky touch inside the area allows the Brazilian to open up half a yard of space, and he uses it to tee up Sarabia, arriving from the right. However, the latter's strike at goal is scuffed and makes an easy save for the untroubled Vlachodimos.
33' It has certainly been a more cautious approach from both sides this week, as neither appears willing to commit men forward in numbers and at full intensity. Half-time is drawing nearer and there have been very few sights of goal.
31' Having been assessed and patched up by the medics, Grimaldo is now considered fit enough to return to the fray following his kick to the head.
Pablo Sarabia
Yellow Card
PSG
29' After unintentionally catching Grimaldo's head with a raised boot, inside the Benfica area, Sarabia is booked by the referee.
27' With a high boot, Sarabia catches Grimaldo on the head, and the Benfica full-back is sent crashing to the floor. He'll need medical attention, so the game is brought to a temporary halt.
25' Neymar glides through two challenges on the left, before laying the ball off for Verratti in an advanced position, but the Italian midfielder is then levered off the ball by his opposite number six, Bah. No free-kick is awarded, though, and Benfica clear their lines.
23' From the free-kick - on the left, just outside the area - Neymar crashes his shot straight at the defensive wall, and it is Bah who makes the block.
N. Otamendi
Yellow Card
Benfica
21' Left totally exposed, one-on-one with his younger opponent just outside his own box, Otamendi trips Mbappe and receives the game's first yellow card.
20' NO PENALTY! Hakimi is reprieved, as his handball came after Benfica were caught offside in the build-up - the game goes on!
19' PENALTY FOR BENFICA? Defending a cross into the area from the right, Hakimi mistimes his jump and apparently makes contact with the ball using his elbow. Surely that's a handball offence, but the VAR will also take into consideration a possible offside beforehand!
17' Mario and Aursnes combine smartly inside the PSG box, and the latter tees up Rafa to strike from 15 yards, but the shot ultimately flies far over the crossbar.
15' Danilo escapes censure for a lunging challenge on Ramos, on the edge of his own penalty area, and then goes down to the turf in agony after being caught on top of his foot by the Benfica forward's studs.
13' Just mistiming a challenge on Bernat, out on Benfica's right flank, Bah concedes a free-kick. He's not punished for his error, though, as Paris fail to make anything of the set-piece opportunity.
11' Benfica have certainly not come to Paris willing to sit deep and wait - they've been proactive when possible, and it's been a well-balanced start to the game so far.
9' At full stretch, Mbappe is just unable to bring down a lofted ball into the box with sufficient accuracy, and he loses control when well placed to strike from the left side of the box.
7' A blistering sprint down the left and into the box by Mbappe sees Silva left helpless, and the teenager is grateful when Bah intervenes and turns the ball behind on the byline; conceding a corner.
5' While Benfica have never won in Paris before and only once avoided defeat, current coach Schmidt has enjoyed a flying start to his time in Lisbon and has also lost just one of 12 games he's managed in the Champions League.
3' Amid a lively start from the away side, Rafa is caught just offside deep inside the Paris half, as he attempts to latch on to an long, angled ball towards the box from the right flank.
1' PSG kick off, and we are under way at the Parc des Princes!
The players are out on the pitch in Paris, and kick-off is now just moments away!
As Brazilian winger David Neres is out injured for Benfica, Schmidt selects Aursnes to bolster the visitors' midfield today. Draxler, therefore, only makes the bench against his parent club, after playing his first full match of the season on Saturday. Ramos scored a hat-trick against Rio Ave on Saturday - taking his tally to 10 goals in all competitions this term - and he starts up front once again.
Following his calf injury in last Wednesday's match, Messi is sidelined today, so Sarabia deputises in PSG's attacking triumvirate. Meanwhile, Mbappe has overcome an illness which affected him in the goalless draw with Reims at the weekend and will start. As Nuno Mendes also sustained an injury sustained last week, Bernat lines up on the left flank.
SUBS: Helton Leite, Gilberto, Diogo Goncalves, Rodrigo Pinho, Chiquinho, Mihailo Ristic, John Brooks, Gil Dias, Petar Musa, Joao Victor, Julian Draxler, Henrique Araujo.
BENFICA (4-3-3): Odysseas Vlachodimos; Alexander Bah, Nicolas Otamendi, Antonio Silva, Alejandro Grimaldo; Enzo Fernandez, Florentino, Fredrik Aursnes; Joao Mario, Goncalo Ramos, Rafa Silva.
SUBS: Keylor Navas, Sergio Rico, Fabian Ruiz, Nordi Mukiele, Carlos Soler, El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Warren Zaire-Emery, Hugo Ekitike, Ismael Gharbi.
PSG (3-4-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Danilo Pereira; Achraf Hakimi, Marco Verratti, Vitinha, Juan Bernat; Pablo Sarabia, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar.
After opening their latest Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Maccabi Haifa last month, Benfica then went on to beat Juventus in Turin, so after last week's draw they join Paris on seven points at the halfway point of Group H. Roger Schmidt's side have swept almost all before them in the Primeira Liga so far this season, and arrive in the French capital fresh from a 4-2 win over Rio Ave on Saturday. Therefore, the Eagles sit atop their domestic table, boasting 25 points from a possible 27 and still unbeaten across 14 competitive games this term.
Top of the Group H table on seven points, alongside their second-placed opponents, PSG played out a 1-1 draw in last week's reverse fixture in Lisbon. Lionel Messi's strike midway through the first half was cancelled out before the break by a Danilo own goal; keeping the French champions in first place only by virtue of goal difference. Paris therefore remain undefeated in their three Champions League games under Christophe Galtier, but his side were held to another draw at the weekend, which leaves them just a point clear at the top of Ligue 1.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's Champions League Group H clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica, at the Parc des Princes!