November 5, 2020

RB Leipzig 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain : Forsberg penalty settles key Group H battle

RB Leipzig 2-1 Paris Saint Germain Forsberg penalty settles key Group H battle

RB Leipzig got a measure of vengeance for their 2019-20 Champions League semi-final loss to Paris Saint Germain, coming from behind to claim a potentially crucial 2-1 win in Group H.

PSG, despite being without both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar with injury, began brightly at Red Bull Sector and took an early lead with Angel Di Maria.

Nevertheless, the match switched on a story of 2 penalties, with Di Maria failing to make it 2-0 from 12 yards prior to former PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku levelled in the 41st minute.

Leipzig were then offered a chance to finish the turn-around from the penalty spot and it was one Emil Forsberg did not waste, securing a victory that moves them degree on points with group leaders Manchester United and three points clear of PSG, who completed the game with nine guys after Idrissa Gueye and Presnel Kimpembe were sent.

Careless protecting from Dayot Upamecano talented PSG the opener after 5 minutes, Moise Kean intercepting his attempted backpass and deftly playing in Di Maria to damage the deadlock.

Only an incredible dual save from Keylor Navas prevented Leipzig from levelling nearly immediately as Amadou Haidara and Angelino were denied from close range in fast succession.

Yet Leipzig remained to look extremely vulnerable at the back and were thankful to Peter Gulacsi for preserving a one-goal shortage as he came down reduced to keep out Di Maria’s spot-kick after Upamecano managed Kean’s shot in the area.

Di Maria and Kean each had the ball in the net but saw goals dismissed for offside and PSG’s inability to punish Leipzig’s bad play at the back proven pricey when Nkunku rifled into the bottom-left corner from the side of the area.

An excellent run down the left from Forsberg finished with him blazing over bench however he did have the decisive say in the 57th minute, slipping his penalty right into the bottom-left edge after Kimpembe handled a ball into the PSG box.

Gueye received a second yellow for fouling Haidara in a fight for a 50-50 ball and PSG’s frustrations were heightened late in stoppage time when a negative nasty saw Kimpembe given his marching orders for his 2nd bookable offense.