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Champions League:Benfica 1-1 PSG

An engaging contest is brought to an end. Both sides had opportunities to clinch all three points in that breathless second half, but both keepers held firm and showcased their shot-stopping skills

by Kolkata Today

An engaging contest is brought to an end. Both sides had opportunities to clinch all three points in that breathless second half, but both keepers held firm and showcased their shot-stopping skills.Benfica held on to keep pace with Paris at the top of Group H after Danilo’s own goal cancelled out some Lionel Messi magic.The visitors were indebted to Gianluigi Donnarumma in the opening exchanges before Messi hit a sumptuous curling finish from the edge of the box. However, the Eagles kept to their game plan and levelled when Enzo Fernandez’s centre was chested past his own keeper by former Porto man Danilo. Both sides went in search of a winner after the break but found Odisseas Vlachodimos and Donnarumma in sparkling form.

 

Benfica are the 40th Champions League opponent that Messi has scored against, more than any other player.

Marco Verratti has been named the Player of the Match. UEFA’s Technical Observer Panel complimented his performance, highlighting his “good screening and playmaking ability in the first phase. He provided balance in a good team with many attacking players.”

Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos said, “it was a very good performance, we showed that we are on the same level of the top teams, we don’t need to be afraid of no one. We know that Paris have top players, but I want to congratulate all the team as we deserved the draw tonight.”

PSG coach Christophe Galtier said ,” We were good, dangerous, created chances, but couldn’t score. But each team had good moments, both goalkeepers were good. We could have been much more dangerous in the first half when we were on top with a lot more mobility. In one way, the result was fair, because Benfica were good too.”

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