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PSG gets big win over Liverpool in Champions League

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Paris Saint-Germain defeated 2-1 in a Group C action, a win that greatly improves its chances of reaching the tournament's knockout stage.

PSG, which found itself in a must-win situation at on Wednesday, came out in the first half with the required urgency and took a 2-0 lead on goals by and Neymar Jr, reports news.

The hosts opened the scoring at the 13-minute mark after Liverpool's defenders failed to clear a cross from the left side by Kylian Mbappe.

Bernat pounced on the loose ball and connected on a right-footed shot that flat-footed.

Mbappe, who had returned from just in time for Wednesday night's match, also set up the second goal when he charged down the left side and dropped off a pass for Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan star's rabona shot was blocked by But Neymar, who had returned from just in time for this crucial game, was there to tap the ball home.

The game's final goal came in first-half stoppage time, when Liverpool's converted a penalty after had fouled Sadio Mane in the area.

Early in the second half, head coach sensed that had all the momentum on its side and made two key substitutions, inserting for Di Maria and for Cavani.

The moves not only took the wind out of the Reds' sails but also gave an offensive boost to PSG, which nearly went ahead 3-1 on a potent header by Marquinhos off a corner kick that did well to save.

Second-placed (eight points) now can lock up a spot in the knockout stage with a win on the road against Red Star Belgrade (four points) on December 11, while a draw also should be sufficient for the Parisian squad to secure a spot in the round of 16.

Third-placed (six points) meanwhile has made things more difficult for itself and now must defeat first-placed Napoli (nine points) at home on December 11 to have any chance of reaching the knockout stage of Europe's club competition.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 13:24 IST
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