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UEFA Champions League: Benfica v PSG – Match Report

A superb Lionel Messi goal was cancelled out as Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica kept their perfect record in the Champions League.

Lionel Messi scored first for Paris Saint-Germain with a sublime opening goal to create yet another record, but it was Benfica who ensured Danilo Periera’s 41st minute own goal was enough to hold Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw in their Champions League clash at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon on Wednesday.

Messi had opened the scoring midway through the first half after delightful link-up play involving Kylian Mbappe and Neymar before a trademark curling left-foot finish from the edge of the box.

The goal meant the Argentine superstar became the first player in Champions League history to score goals against 40 different opponents.

The lead, however, did not last long, as Benfica equalized in the 41st minute when an enticing in-swinging cross from Enzo Fernandez was deflected off PSG defender Danilo and into the net.

The result means PSG and Benfica remain level on points at the top of Group H after three matches. The two teams will meet again in Paris on Tuesday, October 11th where Benfica’s manager, Roger Schmidt will be hoping his squad is much prepared to face the firing front of the Parisien club.

After picking up their first victory of this season’s Champions League campaign against an ill-fated Maccabi Haifa, Juventus is currently in third place with three points.

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