Neymar inspires PSG to vital UCL win over Liverpool

30 November, 2018, 03:50 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint Germain at Anfield

The 2-1 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night left the Reds with a clear set of permutations: beat Group C leaders Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals on December 11 to be guaranteed a place in the last 16.

Juan Bernat opened the scoring after 13 minutes and Neymar doubled the lead for Thomas Tuchel's men eight minutes before half-time and despite James Milner's penalty just before the break, Les Parisiens held their lead for the second half and are now two points ahead of Jurgen Klopp's men.

"For me it is a red card, yes, but then we have a story and it looks like I am a bad loser". Two times in a row, we won the fair play table in England and tonight, we look like butchers when you look at the yellow cards that we had.

The victor of the match will advance in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, PSG head to Belgrade for their last game still needing to win to be certain of advancing to the knockout phase for a seventh straight season, but at least they have their fate in their hands.

Klopp singled out Neymar as the biggest culprit as Liverpool received six bookings in a 2-1 defeat, suggesting Polish referee Szymon Marciniak should have taken sterner action. "We'll be looking to do that, we know how big the game is and hopefully we can step up to the occasion". However, Klopp's side were completely overrun in the opening stages at the Parc des Princes.

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Salah curling a shot wide was as good as it got for the visitors, for whom Gomez was having a tough time as having been nailed by a reckless over-the-top Verratti challenge was then booked after losing possession to and then pulling back Neymar.

Not everybody shone but the majority of PSG's star names lived up to their billing and produced some scintillating football at times - notably in the first half.

The French World Cup victor crossed low for Cavani, whose attempt was saved by Alisson, but Neymar followed in to convert the rebound.

The former RB Leipzig midfielder came on in the second half against PSG in Liverpool's Champions League game on Wednesday, however he had no impact on the result.

Di Maria needlessly brought down Sadio Mane just inside the area. But it was an important game and everybody tries to do it like that.

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