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Neymar on target to leave Liverpool hopes in the balance



PARIS: Paris St Germain revived their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over Liverpool in Group C on Wednesday, leaving the English club to reach the last 16 hanging in the balance.

The PSG set out like a team and finally set out to prove their credentials on the big European stage, and went forward with the 13th minute through Juan Bernat, before Neymar made it 2-0 eight minutes before halftime after a lightning PSG counter-attack.

Yet with the French champions in cruise control, Angel Di Maria needed to bring down Sadio Mane tocede a penalty, which James Milner converted in the first-half stoppage time, to Liverpool hope.

The visitors can not find an equalizer, though, slipping to a third away group defeat – the first time they have lost all three groups matches away from Anfield in the Champions League.

The result sees Leapfrog PSG Liverpool, with eight points to Liverpool's six, with Napoli top of the group on nine and everything still to play for the final round of matches.

Liverpool head into the game against Napoli at Anfield needing to win 1-0 or by two goals or more guaranteed spot in the knockout stages, while PSG will go through a win over Red Star Belgrade.

Desperate to make an impression on the European stage, having not reached a Champions League semi-final since 1995, PSG were handed a pre-match boost with both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe passed fit to play.

The duo caused the Liverpool backline to start from the start, with the goalkeeper Alisson forced into a smart save at Maria and Mbappe then firing straight at the Brazilian.

Bernat then andced into the Liverpool box after the show on Virgil van Dijk's poor clearance to break the deadlock.

After Mbappe and Neymar, they combined down the left, the Frenchman squared for Edinson Cavani, to convert the rebound, becoming the top-scoring Brazilian in Champions League history in the process.

After Milner got Liverpool back into the game, the old PSG, who had plenty of Champions League disappointments against high caliber opposition, might be getting back into their heads.

Yet they stood firm as Liverpool pressed after the break came to scoring again, when a bullet header from Marquinhos was brilliantly saved by Alisson.

(Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Toby Davis and Ian Chadband)


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