Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica both missed the chance to rea messi t shirt barcelona ch the Champions League last 16, with two games to spare, as they battled out a 1-1 draw in the French capital.
The pair matched the result from their meeting in Lisbon last week, leaving them deadlocked on eight points each from four games in Group H.
Kylian Mbappe brushed off the pre-game speculation on his future to fire PSG in front from the penalty spot before the break.
However, on a night of very few clear-cut opportunities — Benfica stayed in the contest after the restart — Joao Mario powered home his own spot-kick to secure a draw for Roger Schmidt's side.
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PSG vs. Benfica final score
Mbappe (P) — 40th MIN — PSG
Mario (P) — 61st MIN — BEN
Mbappe steps up for PSG despite exit talk
Rumours over Mbappe's long-term future in Paris resurfaced prior to kick-off with the France international reportedly unhappy over his role at the club.
Sporting director Luis Campos came out before the game to deny the speculation, with Mbappe currently tied to PSG until 2025.
Despite the lack of spark on the night, Mbappe kept his cool to convert from the spot after missing a penalty in domestic action at the start of 2022/23. The goal made him PSG's leading scorer in the Champions League, surpassing the previous record of 30 set by Edinson Cavani.
His future will continue to fill the gossip pages ahead of the World Cup but PSG look prepared to ward off any interest come January.
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Juventus struggles keep PSG, Benfica on course for last 16
Juventus' 2-0 defeat away at Maccabi Haifa in the early kick-off in Group H meant a win for either side in Paris would secure a knockout place.
However, despite the respective frustration over a point each, both PSG and Benfica will be confident of reaching their goal.
Massimiliano Allegri is under real pressure in Turin, after picking up just three points from four Champions League games, and two points from their final two matches will be enough to send the present top two through.
PSG vs. Benfica as-it-happened
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All square in Paris as Benfica secure a draw at the Parc des Princes, thanks to Joao Mario's second half spot kick, to cancel out Kylian Mbappe's own penalty opener.
89 Mins: Mbappe has the ball in the net but his goal s quickly ruled out for offside and he is now replaced by Carlos Soler.
Four minutes added on.
Mbappe is the latest player down injured as the game continues to flicker out.
83 Mins: Draxler almost makes an instant impact as he slaloms into the box but PSG block behind for a corner.
80 Mins: Triple change for Benfica for the final 10 minutes – Pinho, Draxler and Diogo Goncalves come on for Ramos, Luis and Rafa Silva.
Can either side find a winner AND a place in the last 16.
73 Mins: Hugo Ekitike replaces Sarabia as Gilberto pulls up injured for the away side.
68 Mins: First change of the night as Gilberto comes on for Bah as Luis does brilliantly to track back on Mbappe and snuff out a counter attack.
Another booking for visitors as Enzo Fernandez leaves Neymar in a heap on the floor.
61 Mins: BENFICA HIT BACK!!!!!
From nowhere, Benfica are LEVEL!!
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Verratti is booked for a clumsy challenge on Rafa Silva and after a quick VAR check, Joao Mario buries from the spot.
55 Mins: Chances at both ends in Paris!!
Mbappe tricks past two tackles and drags his shot just wide of the far post as Goncalo Ramos nods wide and Benfica miss an opportunity to equalise.
50 Mins: A busy start to the second period from Benfica, but the visitors need a spark, as PSG eye a last 16 spot tonight.
46 Mins: WE ARE BACK!!!
HALF TIME: PSG 1 BENFICA 0
Very few chances at either end in the first 45 minutes but it's Mbappe's coolly taken spot kick that has PSG in front at the break!!
40 Mins: GOALLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 PSG!!!!
Man of the moment Mbappe calmly sticks away the penalty!!!
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Joao Mario is booked for a cynical foul just after with Florentino Luis cautioned for catching Sarabia.
39 Mins: PENALTY TO PSG!!
Marco Verratti slide rule pass is latched onto by Juan Bernat and Antonio Silva's rash tackle brings him down!!!
Up steps Mbappe!!!!
36 Mins: Sarabia is released inside the box by Neymar, but the hero of last week in Lisbon, Odysseas Vlachodimos, is off his line quickly to make a block.
30 Mins: Sarabia's high boot catches Grimaldo and earns a yellow card with the Benfica physios sent on to treat the visitors left back.
23 Mins: Major let off for PSG as Hakimi appears to handle a cross inside the box but a VAR offside call against Benfica psg shirt with messi saves him.
At the other end, Nicolas Otamendi is booked for a mistimed tackle on Mbappe…….the former Manchester City star taking one for the team there.
20 Mins: First half chance for Benfica as Rafa Silva is teed up on the edge of the area but he lashes well over the top.
15 Mins: Mbappe does well to keep alive a dinked ball into the box, but he is quickly crowded out, and Benfica swiftly deal with it.
10 Mins: A pretty slow start here in Paris, with Mbappe forcing an early corner, and Benfica easily clearing their lines.
KICK OFF!! PSG vs. Benfica – WE ARE OFF IN PARIS!!
10 Mins to KO: What the managers have said ahead of PSG vs. Benfica
GALTIER: "Every week is important at PSG. There's this double-header with Benfica, there was the match with Nice before the international break, and the highly anticipate psg football shirt d meeting with Marseille on Sunday.
"It's an important week in terms of the stakes and the games, but the week after will be very important, and the week after that too."
SCHMIDT: "Messi is, for me, the best player in the world, and the fact he is not playing, does change things. He's a special player; he organises the whole game.
"However, there are other PSG players who are performing well and we will have to find the solution against them. I think PSG will find a way to make up for Messi’s absence."
30 Mins to KO: ALL OVER IN ISRAEL!!
Maccabi Haifa have won 2-0 at home to Juventus in a major blow to the Serie A giants chances of reaching the knockout stages from Group H.
A win for either PSG or Benfica tonight will put them into the last 16 with two group matches left to play.
45 Mins to KO: PSG CHIEF CLAIMS MBAPPE IS NOT LEAVING PARIS
PSG Sporting Advisor Luis Campos has claimed neither he, or Mbappe, will be leaving in January ahead of tonight's game.
60 Mins to KO: TEAM NEWS IS IN…….MBAPPE STARTS!!
PSG head coach Christophe Galtier makes three changes from their 0-0 Ligue 1 weekend draw away at Reims………as Mbappe leads the hosts attack!!
Achraf Hakimi comes in for Nordi Mukiele at right wing back, with Vitinha partnering Marco Verratti midfield, in place of Fabian Ruiz.
Neymar starts in attack, alongside Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia, as Carlos Soler drops out.
Benfica boss Roger Schmidt goes with four starting changes from their 4-2 win over Rio Ave.
Alexander Bah and Alex Grimaldo return at full back, in place of Gilberto Moraes Júnior and Mihailo Ristić, with Florentino Luis and Rafa Silva starting, as part of a switch to 4-3-3 in Paris.
1 Hr 15 Mins to KO: BIG NEWS IN GROUP H
Maccabi Haifa are leading Juventus 2-0 at half time in the early KO in Group H!
If the hosts claim all three points in Israel, either PSG or Benfica can confirm a last 16 spot tonight, with a win in Paris!
1 Hr 30 Mins to KO: ALL EYES ON MBAPPE IN PARIS
PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe has potentially triggered a renewed transfer scramble for his signature with widespread fresh reports claiming he wants to leave Paris in January.
The French international was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of 2021-22 before finally opting to extend his contract with the Ligue 1 champions.
However, his relationship with the Parisian giants has broken down again, and he could push for an exit after the World Cup.
PSG vs. Benfica lineups
Christophe Galtier is without star man Lionel Messi and wing back Nuno Mendes. Sergio Ramos starts, despite serving a domestic suspension, but Renato Sanches and Presnel Kimpembe are still out.
PSG lineup (3-4-3): Donnarumma (GK) — Ramos, Marquinhos, Danilo — Bernat, Verratti, Vitinha, Hakimi — Sarabia, Mbappe, Neymar
PSG subs (9): psg jersey messi kids Navas (GK), Rico (GK), Ruiz, Soler, Bitshiabu, Zaire-Emery, Ekitike, Mukiele, Gharbi
Felipe Morato and Lu psg messi jersey for sale cas Verissimo remain sidelined for Roger Schmidt's visitors but Julian Draxler starts on the bench against his parent club.
Benfica lineup (4-3-3): Vlachodimos (GK) — Grimaldo, Otamendi, Silva, Bah — Fernandes, Aursnes, Luis — Mario, Ramos, psg jersey xl Silva
Benfica subs (13): Leite (GK), Gilberto, Goncalves, Neres, Pinho, Chiquinho, Ristic, Brooks, Dias, Musa, Victor, Araujo, Draxler
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What time is PSG vs. Benfica?
PSG play host to Benfica at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France. It kicks off at 8 p.m. BST on Tuesday, Oct 11.
|Date||Tues, Oct 11||Tues, Oct 11||Tues, Oct 11||Wed, Oct 12|
|Time||20:00 BST||15:00 ET||15:00 ET||06:00 AEDT|
How to watch PSG vs. Benfica
|TV channel||BT Sport 5||—||—||—|
|Streaming||BT Sport website/app||Paramount+, VIX+||DAZN||Stan Sport|
UK: The match will be televised on BT Sport 5 and streamed on BT Sport's platforms.
USA: The match will be available to stream for subscribers of Paramount+ (English) and VIX+ (Spanish).
Canada: Every Champions League match is streamed in Canada via DAZN.
Australia: Every Champions League match is streamed in Australia via Stan Sport.