Paris (AFP) – Mauro Icardi scored the one aim and Keylor Navas saved a penalty within the second half when Paris Saint-Germain beat FC Brugge 1-Zero to assert their place within the knockout phases of the Champions League Group matches to safe On Wednesday.
Argentinian striker Icardi scored his eighth aim within the PSC's final seven video games on the Parc des Princes within the first half. It was sufficient to offer the French champions a fourth victory in so many Group A video games.
Nevertheless, their opponents performed effectively sufficient to take one thing out of the sport and would have finished so if Navas Mbaye Diagnes's free-kick had not stopped within the 76th minute.
Though the PSG didn’t persuade right here – two weeks after their 5-Zero win in Belgium – they know they’ll seem within the spherical of the final eight for the eighth consecutive time and draw within the subsequent match at Actual Madrid Winner of the group A emerge.
Actual are additionally about to qualify after a 6-Zero win in opposition to Galatasaray on Wednesday.
It’s unlikely that Bruges will rating increased than third place, which might imply their entry into the Europa League.
Nonetheless, they need to be a small fish roast for the large, to which PSG has change into.
On Wednesday, the Qatar-based group introduced file gross sales of 637.eight million euros final season, confirming its standing as one of many richest golf equipment on the earth.
What PSG does within the group stage has by no means actually been the issue, and solely when the knockout rounds start in February will their true potential be measured.
The best way they rating in opposition to modest Dijon simply 5 days after a Ligue 1 defeat raises questions, however Thomas Tuchel's facet have but to concede a aim on this season's Champions League, and right here, too, they received with out Neymar.
The Brazilian is because of return to Santiago Bernabeu on 26th November on his remaining mission.
– Cavani is again on the bench –
After scoring a powerful hat-trick within the second half in Bruges, Kylian Mbappe began for the primary time within the Champions League, whereas Icardi was once more most well-liked to Edinson Cavani.
Cavani, PSG's main scorer, has not began a recreation since a hip harm in late August.
He watched as Icardi scored the opening aim in the course of the primary half and shot residence from shut vary after the friends threw themselves into the world with a harmless-looking ball from Colin Dagba.
Icardi limped later with one shot, which was changed within the 72nd minute by Cavani. The native followers welcomed the Uruguayan with a hero on the courtroom.
A number of moments after his efficiency, the away group received a penalty. Scottish referee Bobby Madden pointed to the spot when substitute Diagne went down in a duel in opposition to Thiago Silva.
It was an ideal alternative for the membership to attain a draw they deserved, and but the step of Senegal's striker Diagne was squeezed by a grateful Navas.
After two notable saves in opposition to Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, the Costa Rican was the true hero of the evening for the house facet shortly after the break.