Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the Benfica vs PSG Champions League Group H match.
SAVE for Donnarumma! Matia Ramos escapes in the race and overtakes Marquinhos. He has his sights on goal but Donnarumma saves with his left leg.
PSG looks nervously in the back. Marquinhos and Ramos try again to play the ball from behind. The Brazilian’s back pass to Donnarumma was almost intercepted in the PSG penalty area. The Italian goalkeeper almost reached the ball in time and cleared it.
Corner for PSG! A fluid attack from the Parisian team. Messi passes the ball to Neymar from midfield. Neymar gives it to the right to Mbappé who tries to get something out of the situation and wins a corner.
Neymar committed a foul! PSG start from behind. Benfica tries to put pressure but PSG finds a way out. Neymar clears with the ball until Enzo Fernández knocks him down.
The match is in progress. PSG takes out the center and gets the contest to start.
A minute of silence
Players stand in the center circle to observe a minute’s silence in remembrance of the tragedy in Indonesia last week.
The coin toss
Otamendi and Marquinhos walk to the center line to join the referee for the toss. PSG seem to have won and chosen the side they want to attack in the first half.
the stage is set
The players head onto the field and exit the tunnel. The Lisboa Stadium is decked out in support of the local team.
Start at 12:30 AM
We are minutes from the start of the game.
last week’s results
Paris Saint Germain won their weekend match against OGC Nice 2-1 with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe scoring. Benfica, on the other hand, drew goalless when they visited Vitoria SC. This stopped their winning streak in the Portuguese league.
The teams have met twice in the Champions League during the 2013/14 group stage. Paris Saint Germain won the first game 3-0, while the second leg was 2-1 for Benfica.
Mbappé, the main man
Paris will bet on Kylian Mbappe to shoot tonight. The French international has scored three goals in the Champions League, joint-high with Haaland and Lewandowski.
Everything to play in Lisbon
Both teams have won their first two games in the Champions League this season. The winner of today’s match will take the absolute lead with nine points and will be close to the round of 16 of the competition.
Group H, after two games
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This is what the teams look like for today’s game
Benfica: Vlachodimos – Bah, Silva, Otamendi, Grimaldo – Florentino, Fernández – Neres, Rafa Silva, Mario – Ramos
PSG: Donnarumma – Pereira, Marquinhos, Ramos – Hakimi, Verratti, Vitinha, Mendes – Messi, Mbappé, Neymar
The playing XI are out
The great forward three of Messi, Neymar and Mbappé start for the Parisian team. Ramos also finds a place in the starting eleven. For Benfica, Matias Ramos leads the front row with David Neres and Rafa Silva in midfield.
lineups coming soon
The playing XI for today’s game is expected to be released in the next 15 minutes. Stay tuned for more updates.
Paris Saint Germain, riding high off their near-perfect start to the season, will be looking to stay the course when they take on Benfica in Group H.
Sitting at the top of Ligue 1, PSG come into the match off the back of a 2-1 victory over OGC Nice. Also positive would be the fact that Messi scored in successive appearances for the club and has regained the form that he seemed to have lost last season.
Mbappé was also on the scoreboard against Nice and is the top scorer in the Champions League so far.
For Benfica, the challenge is tough, but not unlikely. The Lisbon-based club beat Juventus in the previous week and is in good form. Benfica, like PSG, have so far won both of their Champions League games.
They have also made a good start in the Portuguese league and have won seven of their eight games. In the duration, he has scored 19 goals and received only 3.
A win against PSG will cement the club’s place at the top of Group H and help their bid to advance to the round of 16.
WHEN AND WHERE TO SEE
Benfica vs PSG kicks off at 8:00pm BST/ 12:30am IST on Thursday.
The UEFA Champions League match between Benfica and PSG will be broadcast live on Sony Sports Network in India. The match will also be broadcast live on Sony LIV.