Buffon names two Premier League clubs among Champions League favourites

Buffon names two Premier League clubs among Champions League favourites

Buffon names two Premier League clubs among Champions League favourites

Goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar helped PSG to an important 2-1 home victory over the Premier League giants in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Goals from Eder Militao and Jesus Corona put the Portuguese champions two up early in the second half before Nabil Bentaleb's 89th-minute penalty have the German's hope of a late point. Only Real Madrid (50 wins in 88) and Barcelona (50 in 93) have hit that mark quicker. Club Brugge and sits two points behind Diego Simeone's Rojiblancos in the race for first place.

In Portugal, Porto and Schalke knew before kickoff they would both advance to the Round of 16. Eder Militao's first goal for the club set Porto on its way to a 3-1 win, which ensured it topped the group and sent Schalke through as a group runner up.

No red card for Verratti PSG got away with one.?

After 24 minutes, Verratti went into the book for a heavy challenge on Joe Gomez before, with the half-hour approaching, Liverpool created a flicker of danger when Roberto Firmino's cross was poked away.

Buffon though, believes the Reds have to be classed among the favourites for the title - even though he is dreaming of a first ever Champions League crown.


He also booked six Liverpool players compared with two from PSG.

Sadio Mane's run on the edge of the area looked completely harmless before Di Maria chose to make a cynical lunge to bring down the Senegalese worldwide just inside the penalty area.

The experience of Thiago Silva at the back for PSG was vital, as the Brazil worldwide was as solid as can for the Parisian club all evening. That took Jurgen Klopp and co back to square one in Europe and - as was the case in their Champions League opener at Anfield in September - looking to contain or outscore PSG's glittering attack, with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe fit to start despite initial fears to the contrary.

However, if the Neapolitans win 2-1, they will go through. Despite giving it their all, Liverpool were way below their best - PSG on the other hand, seemed close to theirs, the Parc des Princes exploding with joy at full time with the realization that qualification was indeed in their hands.

Liverpool now sit second in Group C - level on points with Napoli and one point ahead of PSG - so Jurgen Klopp's men will seal qualification to the next phase with a win tonight as long as Red Star also fail to beat Napoli in Italy.

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