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Di Maria's saves PSG in draw with Napoli

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria.


Angel Di Maria rescued Paris Saint-Germain with a superb injury-time equaliser to salvage a 2-2 home draw with Napoli in the Champions League yesterday.

The Argentina winger curled the ball past goalkeeper David Ospina into the top left corner to spare PSG a second loss in Group C.

Despite the 93rd-minute equaliser, PSG star Neymar seemed frustrated with the result. The Brazil forward marched straight off without shaking anybody's hands and kicked a plastic protective casing around a television camera.

"It's an emotional reaction. He wasn't happy, he wants to win," PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. "But it wasn't a lack of respect, not at all."

Forward Lorenzo Insigne put Napoli ahead in the 29th minute with a cool finish and PSG equalised in the 61st when Napoli defender Mario Rui scored an own goal.

Belgium forward Dries Mertens poked home from close range in the 77th after a sloppy mistake from centre half Marquinhos, who failed to deal with a looping ball into the penalty area.

PSG have won their first 10 league games while averaging nearly four goals per game . But they have struggled in both of their big European matches, opening with a 3-2 loss at Liverpool.

Liverpool easily beat Red Star Belgrade 4-0 in the night's other match and lead the group with six points. Napoli have five points and PSG are third with four points.

"We need to improve, that's for sure," Tuchel said. "We lost our shape and complicated things. We lost the ball and lost confidence, against a side like Napoli which is so good tactically ... It's very hard to come back against a team of such quality, but we managed to."

After failing to get past the Round of 16 in the past two seasons, another early elimination could be looming unless PSG improves. On a night of mistakes, PSG's proved more costly and the ambitious club bank-rolled by Qatari cash still have to face Napoli away and Liverpool at home.