Champions League: Neymar Revives PSG Hopes With Leipzig Goal

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports

Paris St Germain revived their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout phase when an early Neymar penalty earned a fortunate 1-0 home win against RB Leipzig in Group H on Tuesday.

Neymar scored his first goal in the competition in six games, but PSG were otherwise toothless throughout as they leapfrogged Leipzig into second place.

The French champions have six points from four games, three behind group leaders Manchester United and ahead of third-placed Leipzig thanks to their head-to-head record.

PSG next meet Manchester United at Old Trafford with Leipzig visiting Istanbul Basaksehir, who have three points, on December 2.

"Maybe we didn't have what it takes to play a good game but the most important thing tonight was to bag all three points," said PSG captain Marquinhos.

Leipzig sporting director Oliver Mintzlaff added: "It's disappointing. We played really well and showed great mentality. We were the better team for large spells of the game. It's a shame when you aren't rewarded for such a strong performance."

Neymar put the hosts ahead in the 11th minute, coolly converting a penalty after Angel Di Maria was brought down by Marcel Sabitzer.

But the Brazilian's bag of tricks was as empty as a spectatorless Parc des Princes and he and Kylian Mbappe, who was equally disappointing, were replaced in added time. (Reuters)