and did their best at the game with a win 1-1 with Benfica in Lisbon. Paris Saint-Germain started the league with Benfica in Portugal, both fought to the best of their abilities. Messi shines with the initial goal right at the beginning of the game which makes him stand at 127 goals in total for European Tournaments.
Benfica and PSG both are unbeaten as seen this season. Donnarumma the goalkeeper for Benfica looked busy through the game time as he wanted to make sure they don’t lose and qualify for the last 16.
The Performing Side:
Lionel Messi: An opening score of the match was the eighth goal for Messi this season at the Champions League. This goal also made him score against the top 40 different teams in the European League. Messi was in an immaculate form and this could be his last to see at Paris Saint-Germain.
Gianluigi Donnarumma: The goalkeeper for Paris Saint-Germain saved the team in the first half when Benfica received enormous opportunities to score a goal. Yet Donnarumma acted tough in front of David Neres, Goncalo Ramos, and Antonio Silva and didn’t allow them to touch the net. He was broken when Danilo’s unfortunate own goal got passed inside the goalpost.
Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica both hold amazing records and this draw for the match we see today also means that they are still undefeated. They both look strong to qualify for the knockout stage. Either of them wins, will decide who will top the charts this season.
The Losing Side:
Danilo: It proved to be an unlucky day for Danilo as Sergio Ramos was playing with him in the early stage of the match. There were many moments in the game which made people stop and breathe for a second when Danilo was near the penalty area and Ramos was dominating the area and his luck ran out. Finally, in the second half, Enzo Fernandez took the chance and Danilo flicked the ball by his head which passed by Donnarumma into the net.
Kylian Mbappe: A bad day for Mbappe as his efforts did not look as if they were helping the team instead he was sloppy in the game, lucky for the team that his sluggish behavior didn’t cause any harm to Benfica. There have been many games when Mbappe made it look unforgettable and this was not that kind of night for sure.
Benfica later might be reminiscing the game trying to tell themselves hard that they could have opened the scorer for the match. Their presence of hard-hitting forwards created a lot of trouble for Paris Saint-Germain, especially for Donnarumma.
The Defensive Side:
Gianluigi Donnarumma: Well we have to say, it was still Donnarumma for the save of the match for PSG.
Marquinho: He was busy in the match and finding it difficult to cut through.
Sergio Ramos: Not the performance to expect from an ex-Real Madrid player however the passes were risky which caused a lot of trouble for Danilo.
Summing up on the game, PSG coach Christophe Galtier is still unbeaten to date and is also happy to his that his points didn’t go to trash. PSG didn’t perform as they should have but this still doesn’t mean they cannot be winners in coming games.
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