Liverpool fall to 2-1 defeat in Paris
Liverpool will have to win at home against Napoli in the final game as they lost 2-1 away at PSG thanks to a first half flurry from Neymar and Mbappe.
Paris Saint Germain XI: Gianluigi Buffon, Gianluigi Buffon, Presnel Kimpembe, Thiago Silva, Juan Bernat, Thilo Kehrer, Marco Verratti, Marquinhos, Neymar, Ángel Di María, Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah.
Going into the group, it was known that the result would make a huge impact as both sides are competing with both Napoli and Red Star Belgrade for two spots with just two games to spare. A Liverpool win would have put PSG out, while anything else would set up a blockbuster final day.
As PSG have been nearly unstoppable at home this season, it was of little surprise that they took the early initiative and pushed Liverpool hard for an opener.
That opener did not take long to arrive when a counter attack on the left wing led to Mbappe attempting to place a low cross into the box, and while it was cleared it only went as far as Juan Bernat who took the ball on his less favoured right foot and wrong footed Alisson by scoring in the bottom near post.
Mbappe continued to cause a lot of problems and his pace proved too much for Liveprool to handle as another counter attack found him in acres of space on the same left wing and despite Cavani missing the initial shot it rebounded to Neymar who had a simple task to double the lead.
Just before half time, Liverpool found a route back into the game when Sadio Mane was brought down just as he entered the penalty area. James Milner stepped up to take the resultant spot kick and, in typical fashion, he made no mistake as the half ended 2-1.
The second half was in Liverpool’s hands to go on the offensive and while they attempted to do that with several attacking substitutions, they were unable to get past the resiliant back line of Silva, Marquinhos and Kimpembe as the match finished 2-1 to PSG.
The result, combined with Napoli’s 3-1 win over Red Star, means that Liverpool need to win either 1-0 or by more than one goal in their final game at home against Napoli in order to progress. Anything else will see PSG and Napoli progress.
Liverpool’s next game is the Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield at 6:15PM Egyptian time on Sunday 2nd of December.
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