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Juventus 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain: How Messi and Mbappé rated in Turin

Goals from Kylian Mbappé and Nuno Mendes were enough to see PSG earn all three points on the road but failed to secure the top spot in Group H, forcing a difficult beginning pathway in the round of 16

French giants Paris Saint-Germain were dealt a harsh dose of reality in the wake of their 2-1 away win at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium.

Goals from star forward Kylian Mbappé -assisted by Lionel Messi – and second-half substitute Nuno Mendes sealed all three points for the Parisian outfit on either side of a Leondardo Bonucci equalizer that came in the latter stages of the first half.

Mbappé’s goal added another one to the Frenchman’s highlight reel during an impressive calendar 2022 for the 23-year-old city of lights native that saw him become the youngest player to hit the 40-goal mark in the competition.

But just when PSG thought they did enough to secure the top spot in Group H ahead of Portuguese stalwarts SL Benfica, a goal in stoppage time from João Mario saw SLB earn a mammoth 6-1 win at Maccabi Haifa. That goal then unleashed a series of events for the first time ever in the Champions League that saw two clubs finish top of their respective group on the exact number of points as well as goals scored and goals conceded.

It would take seven tie-breakers to confirm Benfica as group winners at PSG’s expense, which sets up a difficult round of sixteen start for the Ligue 1 dynasty that will see them drawn against one of FC Porto, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Tottenham, or Chelsea, with a potential rematch of last year’s final against Madrid unquestionably providing the tie of the round and the choice of neutral fans around the globe.

As for Juventus, their horrendous group stage campaign – to which their current fitness nightmare did not help matters – was the latest in a string of frustrating moments in the last few seasons in Turin that now finds the Old Lady of Italian Football amidst a period of considerable regression under Massimiliano Allegri.

The Italian super club will now join the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Barcelona, AFC Ajax, AS Roma, and Sporting CP in a pathway to Europa League success that continues to increase in difficulty year after year.

Juventus Player Ratings

GK: Wojciech Szczesny (6)

RCB: Federico Gatti (6)

CB: Leonardo Bonucci (7)

LCB: Alex Sandro (6.5)

RM: Juan Cuadrado (7)

RCM: Nicolò Fagioli (7)

CM: Manuel Locatelli (7)

LCM: Adrien Rabiot (6.5)

LM: Filip Kostić (6.5)

CAM: Fabio Miretti (6)

CF: Arkadiusz Milik (6.5)

Sub: Federico Chiesa (6)

Sub: Matìas Soulé (6)

Sub: Enzo Barrenechea (6)

Sub: Tommaso Barbieri (6)

Paris Saint-Germain Player Ratings

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma (6.5)

RB: Achraf Hakimi (6.5)

CB: Sergio Ramos (7)

CB: Marquinhos (7)

LB: Juan Bernat (6)

RCM: Marco Verratti (6.5)

CM: Fábian Ruiz (6)

LCM: Vitinha (6)

CAM: Carlos Soler (6)

RF: Lionel Messi (7)

LF: Kylian Mbappé (8.5)

Sub: Renato Sanches (6.5)

Sub: Hugo Ekitike (6)

Sub: Nuno Mendes (7.5)

Sub: Danilo Pereira (6)

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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