Benfica 1-1 Paris Saint Germain: Brilliant Lionel Messi goal cancelled out in draw

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Benfica remain unbeaten and well on course for the round of 16

A superb Lionel Messi goal was cancelled out as Paris St-Germain and Benfica maintained their unbeaten Champions League records in an entertaining game in Portugal.

Messi opened the scoring with a curling shot after superb interplay with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

However Benfica earned a draw when Danilo Pereira turned an Enzo Fernandez cross into his own net.

The result means both sides have seven points from three games in Group H.

On this basis, Benfica and PSG both deserve a spot in the round of 16 as they played out a very entertaining encounter where only strong performances by goalkeepers Gianluigi Donnarumma and Odysseas Vlachodimos prevented the scoreline being much larger.

The opener came on 22 minutes and was vintage Messi. A superb team move in from the right side, Messi picked the ball up and combined superbly with fellow forwards Neymar and Mbappe before curling unstoppably into the back of the net.

Benfica are the 40th different opponent the Argentine has scored against in the Champions League, and this was a strike to sit alongside any of Messi’s finest – but it was cancelled out on 41 minutes.

A floated cross from the left wing by Fernandez, after Neymar had sloppily given the ball away, deflected off Danilo and dropped inside the far post for an own goal.

The second half saw PSG apply plenty of pressure, and they hit the bar on 50 minutes when Neymar attempted a spectacular overhead kick following Vlachodimos denying right-back Achraf Hakimi one-on-one.

Vlachodimos made further fine saves from Neymar and Hakimi, while Nicolas Otamendi missed Benfica’s best opportunity when heading wide from six yards.

However both teams had to settle for a point, before they meet again in Paris next week.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 99Vlachodimos
  • 6Bah
  • 66Pereira Albuquerque Tavares Silva
  • 30Otamendi
  • 3Grimaldo
  • 61Morris Luís
  • 13FernándezBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAursnesat 78′minutes
  • 7Neres CamposSubstituted forCunha Pereira de Pinhoat 90+1′minutes
  • 27Fernandes Ferreira da Silva
  • 20João Mário
  • 88Matias RamosBooked at 70minsSubstituted forDraxlerat 78′minutes


  • 2Moraes Júnior
  • 8Aursnes
  • 17Cupido Goncalves
  • 18Cunha Pereira de Pinho
  • 22Lima Silva Machado
  • 23Ristic
  • 25Brooks
  • 31Bastião Dias
  • 33Musa
  • 38Da Silva Marcelino
  • 77Aleixo Leite
  • 93Draxler


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 99G Donnarumma
  • 4Ramos
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 15Danilo
  • 2Hakimi
  • 17VitinhaSubstituted forRuizat 87′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6VerrattiBooked at 90mins
  • 25Tavares MendesSubstituted forBernatat 67′minutes
  • 30MessiSubstituted forSarabiaat 81′minutes
  • 10NeymarBooked at 90mins
  • 7Mbappé


  • 1Navas
  • 8Ruiz
  • 14Bernat
  • 16Rico
  • 19Sarabia
  • 26Mukiele
  • 28Soler
  • 31Bitshiabu
  • 33Zaïre-Emery
  • 44Ekitike
Jesús Gil Manzano


Live Text

  1. Match ends, Benfica 1, Paris Saint Germain 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Benfica 1, Paris Saint Germain 1.

  3. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Foul by Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain).

  5. Rodrigo Pinho (Benfica) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Attempt missed. Fabián Ruiz (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

  7. Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

  8. Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Fabián Ruiz (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Foul by Fabián Ruiz (Paris Saint Germain).

  11. Rafa (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution, Benfica. Rodrigo Pinho replaces David Neres.

  13. Attempt blocked. Fabián Ruiz (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  14. Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Danilo Pereira.

  15. Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Fabián Ruiz replaces Vitinha.

  16. Attempt missed. Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Vitinha.

  17. Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Achraf Hakimi tries a through ball, but Sergio Ramos is caught offside.

  18. Attempt blocked. Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Alexander Bah.

  20. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Player of the match

MessiLionel Messi


  1. Squad number18Player nameRodrigo Pinho

  2. Squad number8Player nameAursnes

  3. Squad number27Player nameRafa

  4. Squad number61Player nameFlorentino

  5. Squad number7Player nameDavid Neres

  6. Squad number13Player nameFernández

  7. Squad number99Player nameVlachodimos

  8. Squad number20Player nameJoão Mário

  9. Squad number30Player nameOtamendi

  10. Squad number88Player nameGonçalo Ramos

  11. Squad number66Player nameAntónio Silva

  12. Squad number3Player nameGrimaldo

  13. Squad number6Player nameBah

  14. Squad number93Player nameDraxler

Paris Saint Germain

  1. Squad number30Player nameMessi

  2. Squad number10Player nameNeymar

  3. Squad number2Player nameHakimi

  4. Squad number6Player nameVerratti

  5. Squad number99Player nameG Donnarumma

  6. Squad number4Player nameRamos

  7. Squad number25Player nameNuno Mendes

  8. Squad number5Player nameMarquinhos

  9. Squad number17Player nameVitinha

  10. Squad number15Player nameDanilo Pereira

  11. Squad number19Player nameSarabia

  12. Squad number8Player nameRuiz

  13. Squad number14Player nameBernat

  14. Squad number7Player nameMbappé

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