PARIS St Germain were held 1-1 at home by Benfica in their Champions League Group H clash on Tuesday, with the French side failing to win for the third straight game in all competitions .
PSG’s Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring with a first-half penalty before Joao Mario equalized with another kick in the 62nd minute to give the visitors a deserved share of the points.
Mbappe found the net with a bicycle kick four minutes from full time but his effort was ruled out for an obvious offside.
The result left PSG top of the group with eight points from four games, ahead of Benfica on goals scored.
Juventus are third with three points, ahead of Maccabi Haifa after being upset 2-0 by the Israeli side earlier on Tuesday.
At the Parc des Princes, Mbappe didn’t seem bothered by Spanish and French media claiming he wanted to leave the club in the next transfer window due to the way he was being used on the pitch.
The French striker combined well with Neymar but they lacked something in attack in the absence of Lionel Messi, who was ruled out of the game due to a calf injury he suffered last week during the game 1-1 draw at Estadio da Luz, which was followed by a goalless draw at Stade de Reims at the weekend.
Mbappe was substituted at the last minute as he limped off the field with a sore ankle five days before PSG face bitter Ligue 1 rivals Olympique Marseille.
Benfica got off to a brighter start, although they failed to create any clean chances as it took PSG 34 minutes to get their first short on target through Pablo Sarabia, whose feeble attempt was easily blocked by Odysseas Vlachodimos.
Six minutes later, however, the hosts took the lead when Mbappe coolly converted a penalty after Juan Bernat was fouled in the box by Antonio Silva. This goal allowed him to become PSG’s top scorer in the Champions League with 31 goals, one more than Edinson Cavani.
Mbappe was back six minutes into the second half, but his right-footed curling effort went just wide.
Benfica then equalized shortly after the hour mark as Mario converted a kick after a bad foul on Rafa Silva by Marco Verratti.
Both sides appeared to settle for a point apiece from a disappointing encounter, which left them on the brink of qualification for the last 16.
PSG next host Maccabi on October 25 when Benfica take on Juventus.
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