Leipzig frustrates Paris Saint Germain with Champions League draw

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Dominik Szoboszlai converted a penalty in stoppage time as RB Leipzig held Paris Saint-Germain, who were without injured Lionel Messi, to a 2-2 Champions League draw on Wednesday.

PSG had secured an away victory and led 2-1 with 90 minutes left in Leipzig as GeorginioWijnaldum scored twice to nullify Christopher Nkunku’s opening goal for the hosts.

In the dying seconds, Leipzig received a penalty when PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe jumped on Nkunku as a cross came in and substitute Szoboszlai was right with the shot on goal.

“We didn’t start well, but Leipzig did and we had to get back into the game,” Wijnaldum told DAZN.

“We created chances in the second half, but we also gave a lot.

“We have to learn from this and control the game better, because we were leading 2-1 and we should have put our chances aside. There is a lot of room for improvement.”

With Messi injured, the draw cost PSG top spot in Group A and left them one point behind new leaders Manchester City, who beat Club Brugge 4-1.

PSG will meet City in Manchester in three weeks.

Leipzig’s weak hopes of reaching the round of 16 have come to an end as they remain at the bottom of their group despite their first point in Europe after three previous losses.

“We should have won this game and it’s a bit of a shame we didn’t try our luck,” said US Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch, who was cautioned in the first half for failing. argued with the referee.

“If we had gone 2-0 it would have been very difficult for PSG,” he added, referring to André Silva’s weak penalty attempt which was saved shortly after Nkunku’s opening goal.

The German club fought in the 3-2 loss to PSGa a fortnight ago and got off to a flying start on Wednesday.

With barely 20 seconds elapsed, PSG captain Marquinhos had to clear the line as Silva moved behind the defense and forced Gianluigi Donnarumma to make a save.

The hosts kept the pressure on and rightly took the lead when Silva’s cross was greeted by a superb diving header from Nkunku to score his fifth Champions League goal in four games.

Leipzig attacked again and received a penalty, but Silva’s weak attempt, who has struggled for form in Leipzig since arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt, was easily saved by Donnarumma with just 11 minutes left. .

Angel Di Maria started the break for PSG’s equalizer, Neymar continued the movement and Mbappe provided the cross that ex-Liverpool man Wijnaldum threw into the net in the 21st minute.

Wijnaldum doubled his score when he nodded Marquinhos over the line and VAR allowed the goal, despite suspicions of offside, to bring the score to 2-1 at the break.

Mbappe should have put the game out of Leipzig’s reach when he shot it and then shot straight at Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi to lose two clear chances early in the second half.

Visitors are guilty of slipping down on gas because Leipzig created the best chances.

Donnarumma just put a glove on a cross that was heading towards Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen, then Szoboszlai shot wide for the hosts as PSG lived perilously.

The match ended dramatically when Kimpembe jumped on Nkunku and Szoboszlai calmly scored the penalty.

(AFP)

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