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Paris Saint-Germain retained their three points with a vital 1-0 win over RB Leipzig at Parc des Princes on Tuesday, giving them new hope of qualifying in Group H of the Champions League It only took the hosts 11 minutes to pass Neymar from the penalty spot after Angel Di Maria’s foul

The visitors gained confidence as the half progressed and PSG were forced to dig Thomas Tuchel was under major pressure ahead of the game and this was evident in the way he solidified the defense with the inclusion of Mitchel Bakker at left-back Tuchel also opted for a professional midfielder with Ander Herrera, Leandro Paredes and Danilo Pereira

372% – Paris recorded their worst possession in HT in the Champions League since September 2017 against Bayern Munich (338%) Tactical? imageTwittercom / xwN1HGSp1U

Spirits ignited as the game continued and it was Leipzig that did most of the push in the second half, and PSG even returned to a 5-3-2 formation at one point in order to protect his lead and resumed five reservations for the one in Leipzig

In the end, that was enough for the Parisians with the victory pushing them back over the Germans on goal difference due to the Bundesliga team losing to Manchester United

However, the style of victory will not have done much to persuade Tuchel’s skeptics that he can get PSG out of their current malaise

Preferred at left-back over the very offensive Layvin Kurzawa, the Dutchman was a big improvement in terms of strength and kept things simple but effective on the night when the result mattered most.

PSG might have won the game, but the German’s tactical setup and substitutions left a lot to be desired and made it clear that he was happy to take the lead from the start Another day, Leipzig would have scored but it shouldn’t be

The Frenchman impressed on his return to Parc des Princes with a disciplined performance that saw his coach Julian Nagelsmann make a real change

It wasn’t imaginative on paper and the reality was even more disappointing PSG seriously missed Marco Verratti and his comeback towards the end was a huge breath of fresh air for the team

Recovered in the heart of the defense, the captain led the effort to keep Leipzig at bay in an approach to the Tuchel pump

🗣️ CEO Oliver #Mintzlaff on #PSGRBL: “We played a really good game and were the best team for long stretches of matches It’s hard to come away empty-handed after playing so well against a finalist # UCL “🔴⚪ #RBLeipzig #UCL picTwittercom / RHRlD7mFaL

It wasn’t pretty but PSG got the victory they needed and Tuchel will be a relieved man Leipzig gave their all but they couldn’t make the breakthrough PSG lives to fight another day and must now find another Manchester result next week Verratti’s return to form has been a boost for Ligue 1 leaders

⏱️ 90 ‘(3) What a strike from @Rafinha! 💪 Goalkeeper @DieRotenBullen deflects him for a corner! #PSGRBL

⏱️ 90 ‘There will be 6 minutes of overtime ⏳ We have to hold on! 👊 #PSGRBL

PSG have moved to a 5-3-2 formation at home as Tuchel tries to get his side to defend their one-goal lead Rafinha has replaced an unhappy Di Maria as Verratti warms up

The boss makes a double change: ➡️ Willi # Orban➡️ Justin # Kluivert⬅️ Nordi # Mukiele⬅️ Dani # Olmo🔴⚪ #RBLeipzig #PSGRBL 1-0 (63 ‘) picTwittercom / 1ki7AwbeDt

58 ‘- Di Maria cuts a cross on the top for @KMbappe, whose photo goes over the bar @DieRotenBullen # PSGRBL

PSG lead 1-0 at break Leipzig gained confidence towards the end of this half It doesn’t look like a single goal will be enough for the hosts Another big 45 to come after half time!

A tough early penalty sees us dropping to HT, but there were some positives to take ✊🔴⚪ #RBLeipzig #PSGRBL picTwittercom / xCqSDyX5ZA

36 – Neymar is now the third best South American player in the Champions League thanks to his 36 goals, behind only Lionel Messi (118) and Sergio Agüero (40) Podium imageTwittercom / kfyxL50UF5

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World news – CA – PSG vs RB Leipzig score: Neymar takes the winner of the Champions League while the French team holds on