Frustration for Mbappe! PSG winners, losers and ratings as Messi and Donnarumma step up in Champions League

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Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Donnarumma were the pick of PSG's players in a hard-fought 1-1 with Benfica in Lisbon.

PSG's quest for a first Champions League title continued in Portugal against Benfica, and they needed brilliance at both ends of the pitch to ensure they took home a precious point.

Messi offered yet another reminder of his genius with the opening goal that came rather against the run of play. That's now 127 times the Argentine has netted in Europe's top competition.

PSG remain unbeaten this season but so too are Benfica, and the Portuguese side threw plenty at the Ligue 1 champions in an entertaining encounter at a noisy Estadio da Luz.

Goalkeeper Donnarumma was kept busy throughout the 90 minutes but also played a key role to ensure the French champions avoided defeat and remain in a strong position to qualify for the last 16 thanks to this 1-1 draw.

Below, GOAL runs through the winners, losers and ratings from Lisbon...

  1. The Winners
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    The Winners

    Lionel Messi:

    The Argentine scored his eighth goal of the season and his 127th in the Champions League to open the scoring for PSG. Messi was teed up by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and then casually curled a gorgeous finish home with his left foot. He endured a tough first season at PSG but his latest strike continues the imperious form he has shown in the new campaign, which may end up being his last with the French champions. The goal also means Messi is the first player to score against 40 different teams in Europe’s top competition – another record to add to his incredible collection.

    Gianluigi Donnarumma:

    The PSG goalkeeper kept his team in the game, particularly in the first half, when Benfica went for the visitors and had plenty of chances to score. Yet Donnarumma was an impenetrable presence in the PSG goal, just ask Goncalo Ramos, David Neres and Antonio Silva. All three had good chances and all three failed to beat the stopper. Indeed the only player who could beat Donnarumma at Benfica was his own defender. Danilo’s goal was unfortunate, the ball just taking a nick off him as it curled past and just inside the post.

    Unbeaten records:

    Both PSG and Benfica headed into Wednesday’s match with unbeaten records in 2022-23 and the draw means the two teams are still yet to taste defeat. The draw also leaves both sides four points clear of Juventus in Group H and heavy favourites to qualify for the knockout stages. PSG and Benfica will return to league action at the weekend before meeting again at the Parc des Princes next week. A win for either would go a long way to securing top spot in the group.

  2. The Losers
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    The Losers

    Benfica's attack:

    Benfica may look back at this game and wonder how they didn’t open the scoring, particularly in the early stages of the match. The hosts roared forwards from the off, inspired by a raucous crowd, and caused PSG all sorts of problems. The Ligue 1 champions had Donnarumma to thank for keeping them in the game, but Benfica may be left ruing what might have been after passing up a host of good opportunities.

    Danilo:

    The former Porto man will not have enjoyed his return to Portugal as PSG drew at Benfica. There were a few heart-stopping moments in the early stages when Sergio Ramos played Danilo into trouble in his own penalty area but he managed to survive. Yet Danilo’s luck finally ran out when Benfica managed to equalize in the second half. Enzo Fernandez delivered an inviting ball into the area that just flicked off Danilo’s head and past Donnarumma.

    Kylian Mbappe:

    Mbappe put in a largely forgettable display against Benfica on what was a rare off-night for the World Cup winner. The striker's performance was sloppy and he never really looked like scoring. He was also fortunate that Benfica did not capitalise on his careless passing. His one moment of quality helped create Messi’s goal but that was about as good as it got for the France international.

  3. PSG Ratings: Defence
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    PSG Ratings: Defence

    Gianluigi Donnarumma (8/10): Was a busy man in the first half and did well. Denied Goncalo Ramos twice, tipped a decent effort from David Neres wide and blocked from Antonio Silva but couldn’t prevent the goal. Did brilliantly to deny Rafa Silva in the second half too.

    Marquinhos (6/10): Benfica caused the PSG defence plenty of problems in the first half and Marquinhos had his hands full. Did just enough to deny Ramos but was also caught out for the goal.

    Sergio Ramos (5/10): Some risky passes put Danilo in trouble in the early stages and this certainly wasn’t a commanding performance from the former Real Madrid man.

    Danilo (5/10): An error-strewn night and his most notable contribution was his own goal which salvaged a point for Benfica.

  4. Midfield
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    Midfield

    Achraf Hakimi (6/10): Was happy to join in the attack and could have made it 2-1. Was unfortunate not to tee up a second after catching out Nicolas Otamendi and then saw a shot saved after being played in by Messi.

    Vitinha (6/10): A solid performance in midfield alongside Verratti. Looked lively and tried to drive PSG forwards with his passes.

    Marco Verratti (7/10): Back in the team after injury and as tenacious as ever. Looked furious after he was clattered into just before half-time but was able to continue.

    Nuno Mendes (6/10): Solid enough but was forced off in the second half with an injury and replaced by Juan Bernat.

  5. Attack
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    Attack

    Lionel Messi (8/10): Swept home the opening goal with a brilliant finish to score his first goal against Benfica. The strike means the Argentine is the first player to score against 40 different teams in the Champions League.

    Neymar (7/10): Grabbed an assist for Messi’s opener and was denied a sensational effort in the second half when his overhead kick hit the crossbar. Also tested Odysseas Vlachodimos with a decent free-kick.

    Kylian Mbappe (5/10): Sloppy in the first half and was guilty of frequently giving the ball away. Involved in Messi’s goal and nearly grabbed a second with a curling effort that a diving Vlachodimos managed to tip around the post.

  6. Subs & manager
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    Subs & manager

    Juan Bernat (6/10: A solid shift after replacing the injured Mendes.

    Pablo Sarabia (N/A): A late substitute to give Messi a breather.

    Fabian Ruiz (N/A): Another late sub and almost scored an absolute screamer but his shot flew over the bar.

    Christophe Galtier (7/10): The PSG coach remains unbeaten and will be satisfied with his point away from home. Not a vintage performance from his team by any means but they remain in great shape to progress.