Champions League: Leipzig battles back to beat nine-man PSG 2-1

Idrissa Gueye and Presnel Kimpembe were sent off while Angel Di Maria missed a penalty as RB Leipzig came from behind to beat PSG 2-1.

PSG's Presnel Kimpembe is shown a red card following two yellow cards in the match against Leipzig.   -  Getty Images

RB Leipzig fought back to beat Paris St Germain 2-1 at home in a pulsating Champions League Group H clash on Wednesday that kept them on course for a last-16 spot while putting the French side, who finished the game with nine men, in a precarious position.

Angel Di Maria had given PSG an early lead, but he then missed a penalty and goals from Christopher Nkunku and Emil Forsberg turned the encounter on its head.

The outcome left Leipzig second in the group on six points from three games, the same tally as leaders Manchester United who beat them 5-0 in the previous round but suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir earlier in the day.

Third-placed PSG, which beat Leipzig 3-0 in last season's one-off semi-final in August, has three points, level with bottom of the table Basaksehir.

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PSG made a bright start as Di Maria gave it a sixth-minute lead, threading the ball past goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi with the outside of his foot from close range after he was put through by Moise Kean.

That, however, was as good as it got for the visitor, which had Idrissa Gueye and Presnel Kimpembe sent off in the second half for two bookable fouls.

It all started going downhill for last season's Champions League runners-up after Gulacsi superbly saved Di Maria's 16th-minute penalty given after Kean's shot struck centre back Dayot Upamecano on the arm.

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Di Maria and Kean then had goals ruled out for offside in quick succession before Nkunku levelled out of the blue in the 42nd minute with a crisp low shot from the edge of the area following good work by Angelino.

Forsberg missed a gilt-edged chance for Leipzig early in the second half but made no mistake with a 57th-minute penalty awarded after Presnel Kimpembe handled a seemingly innocuous Angelino cross.

From there on things only got worse for PSG as Gueye was sent off in the 68th minute and Kimpembe also received his marching orders in stoppage time, as the visitor ran out of steam.

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PSG showed plenty of attacking flair in the opening half but ultimately missed injured forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as well as striker Mauro Icardi, with midfielders Julian Draxler and Marco Verratti also sidelined.

Forsberg was delighted Leipzig ground out what may turn out to be a priceless win in its bid to reach the knockout stages.

“It was an important goal and an important win,” the Swedish forward said.

“Im proud of the team and the performance. Its not easy to play against such a top team, but we played with courage. We were hungry and desperate to win, which I think you could see on the pitch today.”

Lazio held to 1-1 draw

Felipe Caicedo produced another of his familiar late strikes to give Lazio, below-strength after several positive COVID-19 tests, a 1-1 draw away to Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Aleksandr Erokhin gave Zenit a first-half lead in the Group F game, played in front of several thousand spectators allowed under local regulations, before substitute Caicedo levelled with eight minutes left.

Lazio, which has five points from three games, said on the eve of the match that some members of the squad had tested positive before travelling to Russia.

They were not named but coach Simone Inzaghi said that goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, midfielder Lucas Leiva and leading scorer Ciro Immobile were among those who stayed behind.

The first half hour was a cagey affair before Zenit, who picked up their first point, broke the deadlock. Yuri Zhirkov crossed from the left and, after a quick session of head tennis among three Zenit players, Erokhin volleyed home from close range.

Andrei Mostovoy fired wide for Zenit just after the hour before Lazio finally found some urgency. Joaquin Correa sounded a warning when he shot narrowly wide before Caicedo swept home Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's pass in the 82nd minute.

The well-travelled Ecuadorean has made a habit of coming off the bench and scoring late goals, most recently in the 4-3 win at Torino on Sunday when he grabbed the winner in the eighth minute of stoppage time.

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