Tuesday’s match at the Parc des Princes came on the back of widespread reports Mbappe was unhappy at PSG and would be seeking a January transfer.
PSG’s football advisor Luis Campos emphatically denied those reports before kick-off,
and the France international put the speculation to one side to convert a first-half penalty,
nosing his side ahead and overtaking Edinson Cavani in the club’s European record books.
Joao Mario equalised with a penalty of his own after the restart,
with Mbappe seeing a late goal disallowed for offside as both teams missed the chance to secure progression from Group H.
Watch the full two goals with PSG and Benfica here!
PSG were thankful for a VAR reprieve in the 18th minute,
an offside call seeing referee Michael Oliver change his decision to award Benfica a penalty for an Achraf Hakimi handball.
there was no doubt over Oliver’s next penalty decision after Antonio Silva clumsily felled Juan Bernat,
with Mbappe calmly sending Odysseas Vlachodimos the wrong way for his milestone goal six minutes before half-time.
Mbappe curled just wide in the second half before Marco Verratti brought down Rafa Silva just inside PSG’s area.
who swiftly changed his decision after consulting the pitchside monitor,
with Joao Mario smashing a finish high into the back of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s net.
Mbappe thought he had struck a late winner,
Kylian Mbappe, amid uncertainty over his PSG future,
put the hosts ahead in the first half,
converting a penalty after Rafa Silva fouled Juan Bernat.
PSG would have qualified with a win but Joao Mario’s spot-kick,
following Marco Verratti’s foul on Silva, made it 1-1.
Paris St. Germain advisor shot down the rumours that Kylian Mbappe
The 23-year-old French international opened the score for PSG
during the team’s 1-1 draw in their Champions League Group H match against Benfica on Tuesday.
Mbappe scored with a first-half penalty before Benfica’s Joao Mario equalised with a spot kick and ensured PSG continue to struggle to win for the third consecutive time in all competitions.
Paris St. Germain are on top of the group with eight points from four games,
ahead of Benfica on goals scored.
Both Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain’s wait to secure qualification for the Champions League knockout stages went on as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes.
After Juventus’ 2-0 loss to Maccabi Haifa earlier in the evening,
Benfica and PSG knew that a victory would see one of them take an unassailable lead at the top of Group H with two games to spare.
after Juan Bernat was taken down in the box by Antonio Silva. Kylian Mbappe,
who reportedly wants to leave the club,
struck his spot-kick into the bottom-left corner past Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos to give his side the lead.
So A second penalty of the match was awarded
in the 60th minute,
but this time it was for the away side as Rafa Silva was caught in the area by Marco Verratti. After a brief check on the pitchside monitor,
match official Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. Joao Mario buried his spot-kick straight down the middle to put his side back on level terms.
Mbappe had a volleyed effort ruled out for offside four minutes from time,
but despite both sides searching for a winner late on,
the spoils were shared in the French capital.With qualification for the knockout stages
of this competition ready and waiting for both sides to clinch tonight with a victory,
you would’ve thought that there would be more intensity to the play in what was a crackling Parc des Princes atmosphere. In truth,
this match was a contest that lacked the necessary quality – as demonstrated by both sides registering just seven attempts on goal each.