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PSG back on track after beating Liverpool

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:15 AM
PSG defender Juan Bernat (left) celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal with team-mate Neymar during the Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, yesterday. PSG won 2-1.

PARIS (AP):

Paris Saint-Germain showed their resilient side, beating Liverpool 2-1 yesterday in a scrappy match to get their Champions League campaign back on track.

The win moves PSG up to second place in Group C and drops Liverpool down to third, turning the pressure onto Juergen Klopp's team heading into the last round of games.

Left back Juan Bernat and Neymar gave PSG a deserved 2-0 lead against a static Liverpool side, whose only attacks in the first half were predictable and slow forays down the right.

Liverpool were given a lifeline on the stroke of half-time when forward Saido Mane was clumsily tripped by Angel Di Maria and veteran midfielder James Milner coolly sent Gianluigi Buffon the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Liverpool had the better of the second half but failed to create clear scoring chances, with Mohamed Salah particularly ineffective and easily marked by burly centre back Presnel Kimpembe.

In Group C's other match, Napoli beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1 at home. Napoli are one point ahead of PSG and three clear of Liverpool, leaving the three teams fighting to advance to the knockout stage.

Liverpool must beat Napoli at home on Dec. 11, while PSG travel to last-place Red Star.

In Group B, Tottenham secured a crucial 1-0 win at home over Inter Milan to move to second place in the group, dropping the Italians to third place, while Barcelona cemented group honours with a 2-1 win on the road over PSV Eindhoven.