Paris leave Naples with precious point

UEFA Champions League
06/11/2018

Paris Saint-Germain drew 1-1 away to Napoli in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, a result that keeps their fate in their own hands with two group games remaining.

UEFA Champions League, Group C

SS Napoli  1 - 1  Paris Saint-Germain

THE MATCH

Paris headed to the intimidating atmosphere of the San Paolo in third place in Group C, but news of a 2-0 defeat for Liverpool away to Red Star Belgrade earlier in the evening took a little bit of the pressure off Thomas Tuchel's team.

The Ligue 1 Conforama leaders could still ill afford to lose here, though, and Tuchel will be pleased with the way in which his team controlled the game for long spells against an excellent Napoli side.

Edinson Cavani was deemed not fit enough to start against his old team, so he began on the bench alongside Adrien Rabiot, with Julian Draxler again preferred to the latter in central midfield.

There were promising moments for both teams before the visitors went in front in stoppage time at the end of the first half via the most unlikely of sources. Kylian Mbappé was the creator with some fine play on the left-hand side of the area before he cut the ball back for Juán Bernat to take a touch and prod home on his right foot as he was falling to the floor.

Insigne penalty

It was a fantastic way for Paris to end the opening period, but Carlo Ancelotti's team came out and piled on the pressure after the break. Gianluigi Buffon was called into action on several occasions while Thilo Kehrer made a vital block to deny José Callejón.

But Napoli's pressure paid off as they won a penalty just before the hour mark. A Thiago Silva mistake gave Callejón a sniff of goal, but the Spaniard went down as he was caught in between the Paris captain and Buffon, and the Dutch referee pointed to the spot. Lorenzo Insigne then converted from the spot (63').

Mbappé fired wide from a great chance when he could have left the ball to Neymar as Paris failed to find a winner, but a draw in such a difficult environment is a good result and there is still plenty of reason for optimism with Liverpool up next at the Parc des Princes. PSG will go into that game in third place, but are just a point behind both Napoli and the English club.

THE PLAYER: Juán Bernat

Bernat has not yet convinced everyone since his arrival from Bayern Munich late in the summer transfer window, but the Spaniard has been a regular for Tuchel down the left and he picked the perfect occasion to score his first goal for Paris. He also felt unlucky not to win a penalty in the second half, and he will take plenty of confidence from this performance.

THE STAT: 17

Kylian Mbappé has scored or set up 17 goals in his last 18 Champions League games, with  12 goals and five assists.

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