Benfica vs. PSG live score, updates, highlights & lineups as Messi fires visitors in front

by 24britishtvOct. 5, 2022, 8:01 p.m. 17
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Benfica play host to Ligue 1 superpowers Paris Saint-Germain in UEFA Champions League action with the two sides leading the way in Group H.

Two wins each from two games played puts the pair in a strong position to reach the last 16 in 2023 with this contest potentially helping to decide the group winner.

New PSG head coach Christophe Galtier will be aiming to break their knockout-stage hex in the coming months with just one final appearance in the past ten seasons.

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have the ability to test any defence in world football but consistency in Europe remains an issue for PSG.

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Benfica get their reward, but it via a helping hand from a PSG player, as Enzo Fernandez's cross is stabbed into his own net by Danilo!!

Benfica's quick passing cuts through PSG inside the own box, and Antonio Silva pops up with the goal at his mercy, but AGAIN Donnarumma is there for PSG!!!!

35 Mins: The game has settled back into its early pattern of half chances for Benfica - as Vitinha's pot shot draws a save from Donnarumma - with the Italian international forming a one man barrier to the hosts.

30 Mins: Benfica have responded positively to falling behind against the run of play as Ramos' deflected strike is plucked out of the air by a relieved Donnarumma.

PSG's three superstars spring into life for the first time tonight!!!!

Lionel Messi lays a pass off to Kylian Mbappe.....on to Neymar...and his cut back is swerved home by Messi!!!

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It's been ALL BENFICA so far and the hosts carve out their best chance as Rafa Silva slips in David Neres and Donnarumma produces a fantastic diving stop!!!

18 Mins: Benfica come AGAIN as PSG stand off their hosts!!

Joao Mario feeds Ramos on the edge of the box and his drive is gathered in at the second attempt by Donnarumma.

15 Mins: PSG are full of nerves in the opening stages with mistakes from Marquinhos, Danilo and Sergio Ramos under pressure from the Benfica attack.

10 Mins: Busy start here in the Portuguese capital with the home side making the brighter start. Marquinhos' back pass forces Danilo to scramble clear.

Nicolas Otamendi's long ball freed Goncalo Ramos in behind but Gianluigi Donnarumma is quick to react and make a block.

10 Mins to KO: Almost ready in Lisbon!!

45 Mins to KO: TEAM NEWS IS IN!!

Benfica are unchanged from their 0-0 draw with Vitoria with PSG loanee Julian Draxler on the bench.

PSG make FOUR changes from the starting XI which won 2-1 at home to Nice last weekend.

Danilo Pereira comes into defence, in place of Nordi Mukiele, with Nuno Mendes and Marco Verratti coming in for Spanish duo Juan Bernat and Fabian Ruiz, and Kylian Mbappe starting in attacking alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi.

70 Mins to KO: Christophe Galtier and Roger Schmidt on facing off in Lisbon

Galtier: "What we are going to have to do, to beat Benfica, is have an ability to play under pressure. They will try to come out and get us, it's in the club's DNA and their coach. It puts enormous pressure on us and we have to be more effective in attack."

Schmidt: "We're need to be balanced, as we're facing a team that has great individuals, and collective qualities. We will have to stand up to them in defence, in midfield, in attack, and in possession, if we want to win. We are confident, at home, in a big stadium, we will have our chances."

90 Mins to KO: The stage is set for BIG night at the Estadio da Luz

Roger Schmidt's injury picture remains unchanged for Benfica ahead of this game with Felipe Morato, Joao Victor and Lucas Verissimo all still out of action with PSG loanee Julian Draxler amongst the substitutes.

PSG head coach Christophe Galtier is boosted by news that Marco Verratti has shaken off an injury, but Renato Sanches is out. The superstar attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe all start in Lisbon.

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How to watch Benfica vs. PSG

USA: Benfica vs. PSG will be televised on UniMas and TUDN, which are both streamed on fuboTV. It will also be available to stream for subscribers of Paramount+ and VIX+.

Canada: Every Champions League match is streamed in Canada via DAZN.

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