RB Leipzig 2-2 PSG: Player rating


Paris Saint-Germain missed the chance to reach the last 16 of the Champions League in qualifying points after a 2-2 draw against RB Leipzig.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team had to come from behind against the Bundesliga outfit, and did so in the absence of the injured Lionel Messi, before giving up their lead in the second half stoppage time.

PSG almost fell behind after ten seconds when Leipzig sent the ball forward from kick-off and Gianluigi Donnarumma and Marquinhos struggled to manage their progress, although striker Andre Silva was eventually flagged offside.

Leipzig took the lead after seven minutes. Silva moved into the channels and found former PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku with a fantastic cross, and the Frenchman headed home after meandering between Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes.

It almost went from bad to worse shortly after when Danilo Pereira gave away a penalty after a clumsy trip on Silva, but Donnarumma easily saved the Portuguese’s goal kick.

Konrad Laimer and Nkunku hit hard shots outside as Leipzig continued to dominate the opening negotiations, but PSG took an equalizer towards the run of the player after a short period of excellence on the ball. A little nice one-touch football ended with Kylian Mbappe hitting Georginio Wijnaldum to beat Peter Gulacsi and the visitors were even.

Les Parisiens continued to see more of a threat on the counterattack. Neymar fell deep to pick up the advancing Wijnaldum and his cross fell to Angel Di Maria, but the Argentine’s volley was blocked.

The Dutchman had the ball in the net after a nod from Marquinhos from the resulting corner, but the goal was ruled out for offside. VAR, however, rejected the decision and Wijnaldum’s second goal of the night had to stand.

Mbappe should have added a third in the first half stoppage time when he had to go through one-on-one with Gulacsi, but he could not hold down his effort.

The 22-year-old superstar dismissed another great chance just after the break when Wijnaldum unselfishly stepped on him in the penalty area, but again his shot was uncharacteristically headstrong.

Gulacsi was forced to a real save by Mbappe just after the hour mark as the frustrating night of the France international continued, while Marquinhos blocked Angelino’s goal-oriented effort at the other end.

Leipzig substitute Dominik Szoboszlai somehow missed the goal from close range not long after, and while PSG kept quiet, the VAR hosts awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of regulation time when Kimpembe patted Nkunku.

Szoboszlai stepped up to take a goal kick with Silva exchanged, and found the bottom corner to secure an equalizer.

The score was not enough to save Leipzig from elimination, while a draw means that PSG have been replaced at the top of the group by Man City ahead of the meeting at the Etihad Stadium.

Here is your rating from PSG players from Germany …

Donnarumma could not stop both penalties / John Berry / GettyImages

Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – 8/10 – Stood high to deny Silva’s tame punishment. Unlucky not to save Szoboszlais.

Achraf Hakimi (RB) – 5/10 – Looks very lost in a back four, basically played as an outsider.

Marquinhos (CB) – 5/10 – Took a assist but was everywhere defensive, threw himself into challenges and was pulled out of position.

Presnel Kimpembe (CB) – 1/10 – Hit Nkunku far too easily for the opener and heaven knows what he was thinking of smearing his former teammate late.

Nuno Mendes (LB) – 4/10 – Flashes of promise but nothing that lasted too long. Picked up a stupid yellow card for kicking the ball away and should also have done more to deny Nkunku.

Wijnaldum was good for his goals / Eurasia Sport Images / GettyImages

Danilo Pereira (CM) – 2/10 – Calling him clumsy would not be hard enough. Could not look like a midfielder at all.

Idrissa Gueye (CM) – 4/10 – Luckily, Danilo’s shortcomings were so obvious that spectators would forget that Gueye even played.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – 8/10 – It finally turns a corner at PSG, it seems. A master class in motion off the ball.

Neymar looked more like his old self / Stuart Franklin / GettyImages

Angel Di Maria (RW) – 5/10 – Bad for Leipzig’s opener, gave the ball away under little pressure. Be quite helpful in the future.

Kylian Mbappe (CF) – 5/10 – Does not provide what a center forward should give and that hampered PSG when he tried to get the ball up on the pitch.

Neymar (LW) – 7/10 – Probably his best performance this season. Very influential on the ball and Leipzig really had no answer for him.

Other Herrera (CM) – N / A

Julian Draxler (RW) – N / A

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