PSG 1-0 RB Leipzig: Neymar scores winner from penalty spot early on

Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 RB Leipzig: Neymar scores winner from the penalty spot early on as Ligue 1 giants get their Champions League campaign back on track

  • Neymar put Paris Saint-Germain ahead from the penalty spot in the 11th minute
  • Neymar converted after Angel Di Maria was fouled in area by Marcel Sabitzer
  • Victory means PSG now sit level with Leipzig on six points with two games left
  • Manchester United top their Champions League group with nine points 

Paris Saint-Germain revived their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout phase with a fortunate 1-0 home win against RB Leipzig thanks to an early penalty from Neymar.

Neymar scored his first goal in the competition in six games, but PSG were otherwise toothless throughout as they leapfrogged Leipzig into second place.

The French champions have six points from four games, three behind group leaders Manchester United and ahead of third-placed Leipzig thanks to their head-to-head record.

Neymar celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot in 11th minute for Paris Saint-Germain

The Brazilian forward’s early penalty was enough to secure all three points for the French side

PSG next meet Manchester United at Old Trafford with Leipzig visiting Istanbul Basaksehir, who have three points, on December 2.

Neymar put the hosts ahead in the 11th minute, coolly converting a penalty after Angel Di Maria was brought down by Marcel Sabitzer.

But the Brazilian’s bag of tricks was as empty as a spectatorless Parc des Princes and he and Kylian Mbappe, who was equally disappointing, were replaced in added time.

In the 12th minute, Keylor Navas tipped over Dayot Upamecano’s header as Leipzig, who beat PSG 2-1 in the previous round of matches, threatened in a low-key opening.

Neymar rolls the ball into the bottom corner past RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi

Thomas Tuchel celebrates with Neymar and Mbappe following the final whistle on Tuesday

Leipzig, by far the best team on the pitch, had another clear chance in the 38th minute but Navas parried away Amadou Haidara’s fierce long-range strike.

The visitors continued to apply pressure after the break, with Emil Forsberg’s half-volley going just wide of Navas’s left-hand post five minutes into the second half.

Neymar and Mbappe were still nowhere to be seen and PSG ended the game with only two shots on target and 40% possession, looking nothing like the team who reached last season’s final.

Emil Forsberg missed a great chance to equalise just five minutes into the second half

Keylor Navas was the busier of the two goalkeepers at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night

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