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Napoli draw with PSG to leave group wide open

Napoli draw with PSG to leave group wide open

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Napoli and Paris St Germain (PSG) battled to a 1-1 draw in their UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday to leave the group wide open after Liverpool’s away loss.

But it was also a game in which Neymar produced a typical performance for the French side, with the Brazilian mixing brilliance with petulance.

Juan Bernat gave PSG a deserved lead in first-half stoppage time, before Lorenzo Insigne levelled from a penalty kick in the 62nd minute.

The penalty kick came after Jose Callejon pounced on a mistake by PSG defender Thiago Silva and was upended in the area.

After four games each, Liverpool and Napoli now have six points in Group C with PSG on five and Red Star Belgrade on four.

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Neymar did not get on the score sheet but was in the thick of the action.

PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, making his UEFA Champions League debut for them after completing a three-match ban from last season, did not have a save to make in the first half.

It was his first match in Italy since leaving Juventus.

Napoli struggled to play their way out of defence against PSG’s aggressive pressing and it was the visitors who had the better openings.

They eventually went ahead in the second minute of stoppage time.

Neymar released Kylian Mbappe down the left with a delightful chipped pass.

The French World Cup winner twisted and turned his way past Raul Albiol and pulled the ball back to Juan Bernat who, in spite of stumbling, managed to beat David Ospina.

It was a different story after halftime as Napoli tore into the visitors.

Buffon twice denied Dries Mertens, while a Jose Callejon shot was blocked by Thilo Kehrer and Fabian Ruiz was close with a drive from outside the penalty area.

Buffon somehow managed to stop a Lorenzo Insigne shot on the line which he knew nothing about and it took a penalty kick to finally beat the 40-year-old veteran.

Thiago Silva failed to intercept the ball, Callejon nipped in and was caught in a sandwich between Buffon and the Brazilian defender.

Insigne converted and the San Paolo stadium went wild.

The game continued to be wide open and niggly but neither side could find a winner.

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