Paris St German , RB Leipzig 0 & Dynamo Kyiv 0 Barcelona 4 match Reports
UEFA Champions’ League Group H report – Paris St German vs RB Leipzig – Tuesday, 24 November 2020 – Matchday 4 of 6 report
Paris St German 1 RB Leipzig 0 – Parc des Princes, Paris
PSG hang on to Neymar penalty to move to second place
Neymar’s early penalty gave hosts Paris St German the win they needed to keep their Champions’ League hopes alive as they managed to come out of a 1-0 win over RB Leipzig at Parc Des Princes on Tueday night.
Neymar coolly converted his spot-kick in the 11th minute after Angel Di Maria was brought down by Marcel Sabitzer and a penalty bit harshly awarded against the visitors.
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Di Maria who all missed out in the first-leg 1-2 defeat away in Leipzig returned for the Paris clash. But the trio were listless and apart from the early goal, PSG had little to show as they were the second-best side for the remainder of the match.
PSG custodian Keylor Navas was forced into a finger-tip save in the 12th minute as Dayot Upamecano’s header went over. That was followed by Amadou Haidara’s fierce long-range strike that was parried away by Navas.
The visitors were all over the French champions and European runners-up as Emil Forsberg’s half-volley went just wide of Navas’s left-hand 5 minutes into the second half. The game was played entirely in PSG’s half for the last half-hour by Leipzig but unfortunately the German side lacked the finishing needed to find a goal.
The hosts lack of dominance was evinced in the mere 38 per cent possession they enjoyed and just two shots on target they managed during the entire game. Leipzig, who travel to Istanbul Basaksehir in their next fixture, were unfortunate losers at Parc de Princes and finished 3rd although on equal points with PSG’s 6.
The Ligue 1 champions, who moved to the 2nd place by dint of a better goal difference, will play Manchester United at Old Trafford on December 2nd.
UEFA Champions’ League Group H report – Dynamo Kyiv vs. Barcelona – Tuesday, 24 November 2020 – Matchday 4 of 6 report
Dynamo Kyiv 0 Barcelona 4 – Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
Braithwaite scores brace as Barcelona flatten Kyiv; Catalans roar into the Final 16
Coach Ronald Koeman playing without club talisman Lionel Messi and star mid-fielder Frenkie de Jong swept aside a hapless Dynamo Kyiv 0-4 away in Ukraine in a Group G encounter of the Champions’ League. The Catalans scored all their goals in the second half as they stormed into the Round of 16 of Europe’s premiere club tournament.
The first half was listless where Dyanamo’s only attempt came when Marc-Andre ter Stegen pulled off a save from a Carlos de Pena scuffed shot. Philippe Coutinho curled in a free-kick from a distance but was easily gathered by Kyiv custodian Georgi Bushchan. That happened to be Barca’s only shot on target during a drab first half.
The second half sprung to life when Sergino Dest, following a deft interchange with Carles Alena and Martin Braithwaite finished smoothly to make it 0-1 for the visitors in the 52nd minute. Dest thus became the first US national to get a goal in Barcelona’s century long history.
Martin Braithwaite added to Barca’s opener five minutes later when he poked in off a flicked Oscar Mingueza header. Braithwaite added one more for himself and the third for Barcelona in the 70th minute off a penalty awarded to the Catalans after the Danish forward was fouled by Denys Popov inside the box.
Dynamo rarely threatened the Barca goal after that as Riqui Puig missed a sitter for the Spanish visitors late on when he fired over the crossbar. Antionne Griezmann, who replaced Coutinho with a little of an hour gone, put the issue to rest with a fourth in the 92nd minute, making it four wins from four for the Catalan giants and a berth in the Round of 16 to boot.
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