Champions League: Neymar Fires PSG Past Liverpool, Messi Stars for Barca

Neymar got what proved to be the winning goal as Paris Saint-Germain breathed life into their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Wednesday that leaves last season’s runners-up on the cusp of an early exit.

Juan Bernat and Neymar scored to put PSG in control in the first half at a rocking Parc des Princes, but a James Milner penalty on the stroke of halftime ensured this pivotal game remained in the balance until the death.

Elsewhere, Napoli beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1 to leave the Italians in the driver’s seat going into the final matchday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men now have to win by two goals at home to Carlo Ancelotti’s side in a fortnight if they are to progress to the knockout rounds.

Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Schalke and Porto all secured their tickets to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.

Dortmund earned their presence in the knockout stages in a goalless draw at home to Club Brugge, while Atletico claimed a spot in the knock-out stages beating Monaco 2-0 thanks to first half efforts from Antoine Griezmann and Koke at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday.

Porto and Schalke made it through from Group D before the Portugese side beat their German visitors 3-1 as Galatasary lost 2-0 to Lokomotiv Moscow earlier in Russia.

Barca edged PSV to top group

Lionel Messi scored and created a goal for Gerard Pique as Barcelona claimed top spot of Group B with a 2-1 victory over a resilient PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Christian Eriksen scored a late winner as Tottenham Hotspurs pipped Inter Milan 1-0 at Wembley to take the battle for second spot down to the last matchday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men will have to match Inter’s result on matchday 6, but they go up against unbeaten Barca at the Camp Nou while the Nerrazurri host PSV in Milan.

On Tuesday reigning champions Real Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester United, Roma and Ajax also went through.

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