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Real Madrid 2-2 Paris St-Germain: French side battle back to top Champions League group

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Pablo Sarabia (centre) had muted celebrations. He was a Real Madrid player from the age of 12 to 19

Paris St-Germain came from 2-0 down to hold Real Madrid in a hugely entertaining Champions League game with both sides already assured of their place in the last 16.

Real's place was booked shortly before kick-off after Club Bruges' 1-1 draw with Galatasaray.

Karim Benzema put Real 2-0 up with a close-range finish and a header.

But Kylian Mbappe scored after a defensive mix-up and Pablo Sarabia fired a brilliant equaliser.

Gareth Bale, a replacement for Eden Hazard, who suffered a twisted ankle, almost won the game for Real Madrid deep into injury time but his free-kick hit the post.

The French champions will finish top of Group A as a result.

Excellent Real unlucky to draw

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema's double had put Real Madrid seemingly in control

This was among Real's best performances since the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager in March.

Only a fine performance by PSG keeper Keylor Navas, a summer signing from Real, stopped this from being a thrashing - the Costa Rican making 10 saves in total.

Benzema tapped them into a deserved lead after Isco's shot had hit the post.

Navas held out again and again, including three stops to deny Dani Carvajal and two to keep out long-range Toni Kroos strikes.

The hosts did escape a Thibaut Courtois red card and potential PSG penalty thanks to a video assistant referee reprieve at the end of the first half.

PSG were given a free-kick just outside the box after Courtois fouled Mauro Icardi - with the goalkeeper shown a red card.

The foul appeared to be inside the box so referee Artur Soares Dias consulted with VAR to see whether it should be a penalty. However they instead spotted an Idrissa Gueye foul on Marcelo near the halfway line earlier on in the move - and the red card and potential penalty were wiped out.

Real were dominant again after the restart but lost Hazard - who had a role in Benzema's opener - to a second-half injury when he was fouled by Belgium team-mate Thomas Meunier. Bale came on to a round of applause from the home fans.

The game looked done and dusted when Benzema headed home Marcelo's cross. That was the Frenchman's 64th Champions League goal, which puts him fourth on the all-time list.

After their implosion, Real almost won it right at the end, with Bale's wonderful free-kick beating Navas but hitting the far post.

PSG leave it late

PSG tore Real apart in their first meeting in the group with a 3-0 win at the Parc des Princes in September. They showed at the Bernabeu they can get a result without even playing well.

They should have been long out of the game by the time they pulled a goal back - even though they played most of the second half with Neymar, Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Angel di Maria.

France youngster Mbappe - a long-term Real target - had dominated the pre-match headlines. Madrid boss Zidane said he was "in love with him" before the game, with PSG boss Thomas Tuchel replying: "Sometimes the players you love the most are the ones you cannot have."

As brilliant as Mbappe is, his goal was as easy as they come - he was gifted it by some shocking Real Madrid defending. Raphael Varane and goalkeeper Courtois got in a mix-up with Mbappe tapping into an empty net on his 100th PSG appearance.

If that goal came from someone Real hope to sign some day, the equaliser came from a former Madrid youngster two minutes later.

Juan Bernat's cross was stepped over by Mbappe and half-time substitute Neymar. Julian Draxler's shot was blocked and Sarabia - who was at Real from the age of 12 to 19 - blasted the loose ball into the top corner.

Both sides had chances to win with Mbappe blasting the ball into the side netting before Bale hit the post. PSG can now relax when they host Galatasaray in the final group game on 11 December.

"Real were better for long periods," said Tuchel. "We were lucky but that's not a crime."

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12MarceloBooked at 68mins
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forModricat 76'minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 22IscoSubstituted forRodrygoat 82'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7E HazardSubstituted forBaleat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 3Militão
  • 10Modric
  • 11Bale
  • 18Jovic
  • 23Mendy
  • 27Rodrygo

PSG

  • 1Navas
  • 12MeunierBooked at 89mins
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 14Bernat
  • 27GueyeSubstituted forNeymarat 45'minutes
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 6Verratti
  • 7Mbappé
  • 18IcardiSubstituted forSarabiaat 75'minutes
  • 11Di MaríaSubstituted forDraxlerat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Cavani
  • 10Neymar
  • 16Rico
  • 19Sarabia
  • 22Diallo
  • 23Draxler
  • 31Dagba
Referee:
Artur Manuel Soares Dias
Attendance:
75,534

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamPSG
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home27
Away13
Shots on Target
Home12
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Paris Saint Germain 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Paris Saint Germain 2.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Julian Draxler (Paris Saint Germain).

Attempt missed. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Sarabia.

Attempt saved. Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rodrygo.

Booking

Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint Germain).

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Thomas Meunier.

Attempt missed. Rodrygo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Paris Saint Germain 2. Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Julian Draxler (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Bernat.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Rodrygo replaces Isco.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Paris Saint Germain 1. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Paris Saint Germain 0. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

Hand ball by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Luka Modric replaces Federico Valverde.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Julian Draxler replaces Ángel Di María.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Pablo Sarabia replaces Mauro Icardi.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Thiago Silva.

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Marco Verratti tries a through ball, but Mauro Icardi is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale replaces Eden Hazard because of an injury.

Booking

Marcelo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint Germain).

Attempt saved. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) hits the left post with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt blocked. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Federico Valverde.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG54101221013
2Real Madrid522111748
3Club Bruges503239-63
4Galatasaray502319-82

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich55002141715
2Tottenham53111711610
3Red Star Belgrade5104319-163
4Olympiakos5014714-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City5320123911
2Shakhtar Donetsk5131810-26
3Dinamo Zagreb51229905
4Atalanta5113512-74

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus5410104613
2Atl Madrid52126517
3B Leverkusen520357-26
4Lokomotiv Moscow510449-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool430110739
2Napoli42206338
3RB Salzburg4112121024
4KRC Genk4013412-81

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona42204228
2B Dortmund42115417
3Inter Milan41126604
4Slavia Prague402225-32

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Leipzig43016429
2Lyon42117437
3Zenit St Petersburg411256-14
4Benfica410359-43

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax421110557
2Chelsea42117617
3Valencia42116517
4Lille4013310-71
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