Tuesday , August 9 2022

Naples and Paris St.Germain fought for a 1-1 draw


Naples and Paris St.Germain fought against a 1-1 run in the Champions League, as Neymar produced a typical performance for the French side, blending brilliance with petulance.

Juan Bernat gave PSG a deserved lead in the first half of the season before Lorenzo Insigne leveled off a penalty 62 minutes after Jose Callejon pounced on mistakes by PSG defender Thiago Silva and was up guarded in the area.

The result, combined with Red Star Belgrade's 2-0 victory over Liverpool earlier on Tuesday, threw Group C open open with only two points separating the four sides.

Liverpool and Naples have six, with PSG of five and Red Star Belgrade at four. PSG and Naples pulled 2-2 in their previous meeting last month as well.

Neymar did not go on the record but was in the thick part of the action. The Brazilian showed blink of inspiration and saw panic as he ran into Naples's defense. Yet there was also an instant when he was for individualist, arguing with opponents and he was eventually booked to unnecessarily sarcastically applaud the referee.

PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who made their Champions League debut for them after completing a match package from last season, had no rescue in the first half of his first match in Italy after leaving Juventus.

Naples struggled to play out of the defense against PSG's aggressive squeeze and it was the visitors who had better openings, eventually moving on during the second minute's stopping time. It was another story after half the time that Naples tore into the visitors.

Buffon rejected Dries Mertens twice, when a Jose Callejon shot was blocked by Thilo Kehrer and Fabian Ruiz went close with a run outside the penalty area.

Buffon managed to put an end to a Lorenzo Insigne shot on the line he did not know anything about, and it took a penalty to finally beat the 40-year-old veteran. Thiago Silva had failed to catch the ball, Callejon sipped in and was caught in a sandwich between the goalkeeper and the defender. Insigne converted.

The game was open and niggly, but no side could find a winner.

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