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Neymar scored twice to help Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester United 3-1 and send Group H of the Champions League into the final decisive matchday.
United needed a point against the French champions after RB Leipzig’s 4-3 win over Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.
But after an action-packed first half, Marquinhos’s shot saw the hosts chase the game, allowing Thomas Tuchel’s men to finish off their opponents to the death.
PSG dominated a first 20 minutes in which Neymar could have scored two goals. The Brazilian cleared David de Gea’s near post after seven minutes, before missing a fantastic cross from outside.
Alessandro Florenzi’s long-range shot, meanwhile, forced a dive from From Gea.
UnitedHowever, the only nose in that period was Marcus Rashford’s tame shot, which was easily saved.
The hosts were lucky to escape a red card. Midfielder Peace he only received a yellow after a VAR check on his header on Leandro Paredes.
Luck returned to United’s path shortly after when RashfordDanilo’s shot deflected off the left foot and sent the ball to Keylor Navas, who had dived the other way.
However, the hosts’ best opportunity in the first half came in the 44th minute. Bruno Fernandes excellently controlled Anthony Martial’s pass, but instead of shooting, he missed an attempt to square Edinson Cavani.
United started more brilliantly in the second half and should have taken a 2-1 lead in three minutes. Rashford broke down the right and squared with Martial, who skied with most of the open goal.
That trend continued when Cavani He almost scored a bold goal against his former club. Martial fed the Uruguayan on the counterattack but his starting dink crashed into the crossbar.
Fernandes then gave Martial a chance to follow, but the Frenchman’s shot was blocked.
However, PSG slowly gained momentum and soon after reached the bar. Marquinhos reached for a cross from Florenzi, but not enough to get his header under the goal frame.
But Marquinhos could not be denied. After a pinball-style corner kick, the Brazilian benefited to shoot from six yards.
Things went from bad to worse for United not even a minute later, as they were down to 10 men. Fred appeared to win the ball in a challenge with Ander Herrera, catching the man afterward, and the referee gave him a second yellow card.
Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood spirit Donny van de Beek came in for the hosts in an effort to clinch a crucial point. It was Pogba who had the best chance, catching a sweet volley that nearly beat Keylor Navas.
But as United advanced, Mbappé had a chance to finish the match. The Frenchman had Neymar on his right on the breakaway, but opted to shoot, the effort was diverted from the post.
However, PSG got their final goal. Neymar benefited this time by receiving the ball in the six-yard box, coldly finishing off the defense at sea.
United remain at the top of Group H, but have nine points alongside PSG and Leipzig, third, who will be visited by the Red Devils next Tuesday.