Honours even in Naples as Napoli equalize to draw 1-1 with PSG

Honours even in Naples as Napoli equalize to draw 1-1 with PSG

PSG said they were treating the clash against Napoli as a cup final but had to settle for a draw after breaking the deadlock in Naples.

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Marco Verrati returned to the starting line-up for PSG following a spell on the side-line due to injury and he took the first shot in anger in the 5th minute.

While his shot was blocked, Dries Mertens failed to trouble the PSG defence with a wide effort from 35 yards out.

Napoli fans were on edge as Kylian Mbappe’s 23rd minute shot flew just past the top right corner.

However, the electrifying Mbappe would terrorise the Napoli defence again as he surged down the left flank.

His accurate cut-back allows Juan Bernat to score the opener from the centre of the box on the stroke of half-time.

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Napoli came out firing at the start of the second half with attempts from Maksimovic and Mertens.

Fabian Ruiz follows suit but is denied as well in the 52nd minute.

However, Neymar then tests the Napoli goalkeeper with a header following Bernat’s cross. The attempt is well saved.

Just 2 minutes later, the referee awards a penalty to Napoli as Jose Callejon is fouled.

The spot kick is calmly converted by Lorenzo Insigne as he drills the shot into the bottom left corner.

The remainder of the match then fizzled out with some niggly fouls and wayward shots to remain as 1-1. Honours even in Naples following the 2-2 draw in Paris.

Liverpool could be the happiest with the outcome following their humiliating defeat earlier to Red Star Belgrade.

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