Dominik Szoboszlai’s late penalty was not enough to keep RasenBallsport Leipzig’s hopes of reaching the Champions League knock-out stages alive as they drew 2-2 with Paris Saint-Germain. Georginio Wijnaldum’s first-Leipzig, who had lost their opening three group games, were huge underdogs against a star-studded PSG side. Yet, Chrisopher Nkunku stunned the visitors on eight minutes when he brilliantly headed home André Silva’s left-wing cross. Silva himself should have doubled the advantage moments later, only for Gianluigi Donnarumma to save his poor penalty after a foul by Danilo Pereira.
The hosts needed that cushion, as even without Lionel Messi due to injury, PSG were always dangerous going forward. They duly equalised through Gini Wijnaldum, who converted Kylian Mbappé’s pass to complete a wonderful flowing move. The midfielder grabbed another before HT, with VAR overturning an offside decision after he nodded past Péter Gulácsi from close range.
PSG pushed for a third, with Mbappé carrying their main threat. He forced saves from Gulácsi either side of the break, and wasted a third chance when curling high and wide from inside the box. Leipzig, meanwhile, regularly stretched the visitor’s backline, but they were consistently let down by a poor final ball as promising moves broke down.
Szoboszlai had one chance, scuffing off target from close range when left in acres of space in the box, whilst Nkunku, already on five Champions League goals for the campaign, had a tame header saved. Then in injury time, Szoboszlai struck from the spot after a lengthy VAR review resulted in a penalty for a foul by Presnel Kimpembe on Nkunku. The result leaves PSG in second place in Group A with eight points. Meanwhile, Leipzig’s haul of one point from four games means the highest they can finish is third.