Less than a week after the first leg in Lisbon (1-1), Paris Saint-Germain hosts Benfica on Tuesday on the fourth day of the Champions League group stage. Here’s everything you need to know about this meeting.
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Donnarumma – Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Danilo Pereira – Hakimi, Verratti, Fitinha, Bernat – Sarabia, Mbappe, Neymar
Michael Oliver will be at the whistle for this meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica. The 37-year-old English player is an experienced referee who has already led 23 matches in the Champions League, including the confrontation between Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid this season (2-0). But he has not ruled the Parisian team yet. Unlike Benfica, who led him in the European League in March 2019 with a defeat against Dinamo Zagreb (1-0).
Parc des Princes will host their second Champions League match this season. And against Juventus Turin (291), the Parisian box will be filled with the arrival of the Portuguese club. At home, and despite the strong Portuguese community, PSG will try to maintain their immunity as they seek to establish themselves to take the lead in Group H alone.
If PSG are not defeated this season, the French champions will be less convincing in the game and seem to be regressing little by little in their failures from last season. Like his last outing, this weekend, in Reims (0-0) was marked by the dismissal of Sergio Ramos. Christophe Galtaire’s men looked very nervous and were again very cruel. Unreassuring performance before the arrival of the Portuguese club, especially after the meeting, Kylian Mbappe complained about his position on the ground. To make matters worse, Paris will be denied Lionel Messi, who is injured in the calf. Renato Sanchez, Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes are also out of this meeting.
Benfica continues to dominate the Portuguese league. Three days after the draw with Paris Saint-Germain (1-1), the Portuguese club, also undefeated this season, easily dominated Rio Ave at Luz Stadium (4-2). In the standings, the teammates of Julian Draxler, who scored 8 victories and 1 draw in nine days, are still three points ahead of Porto.
After the first leg, Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica, who failed to make a decision last week in Lisbon (1-1), finished first in Group H with seven points. The winner of this match in the Parc des Princes will take control on his own and take a big step towards qualifying for the Round of 16 before the last two days of the group stage.
This second leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica will be watched live and in full from 9pm on Canal + Foot.