Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Neymar inspires PSG to vital UCL win over Liverpool

Neymar inspires PSG to vital UCL win over Liverpool

Last season's beaten finalists are not out yet but they have a tough task to book a place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

Napoli (six points) and Liverpool (six) are the top two, but only narrowly ahead of PSG (five) and Red Star Belgrade (four) with two games remaining.

The Reds are used to scoring multiple goals a game, but in their last 12 matches, there have been eight in which they've either failed to score or just scored one goal.

"We have won the fair play league twice in England but we looked like butchers when you see the yellow cards we had".

Mohamed Salah fired wide before Marco Verratti was perhaps fortunate only to be booked for a high tackle on Joe Gomez.

Thomas Tuchel suggested Jurgen Klopp's post-match frustration after Liverpool's defeat to Paris Saint-Germain was a diversionary tactic.

"Everyone was ready to suffer for each other". We obviously got back into it with the penalty but we weren't quite there. "That was necessary against Liverpool and it was a big step forward for us". However, Klopp's side were completely overrun in the opening stages at the Parc des Princes.

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Angel di Maria had forced a fine save from Alisson with a speculative, dipping volley before Paris went in front in the 13th minute.

"Even Thiago Silva, the captain, a centre-back, rolling around in the corner at the end holding his face - this is a great team, PSG, with some great players, they don't need to resort to these tactics, they should let the football do the talking".

Edinson Cavani's close-range shot from the resulting cross was blocked by Alisson but Neymar converted the rebound.

Not for the first time, Neymar was rolling around on the pitch, to the clear annoyance of the visitors.

For all his rolling-around antics Neymar can turn it on in a flash and, having collected the ball 25 yards inside his own half, he shook off compatriot Roberto Firmino and exchanged passes with Mbappe before releasing his pacy team-mate down the left.

"Come on, it's a derby, we don't have to show reaction", he said.

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