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Frustration for Mbappe! PSG winners, losers and ratings as Messi and Donnarumma step up in Champions League

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Lionel Messi:

The Argentine scored his eighth goal of the season and his 127th in the Champions League to open the scoring for PSG. Messi was teed up by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and then casually curled a gorgeous finish home with his left foot.

He endured a tough first season at PSG but his latest strike continues the imperious form he has shown in the new campaign, which may end up being his last with the French champions.

The goal also means Messi is the first player to score against 40 different teams in Europe’s top competition, another record to add to his incredible collection.

Gianluigi Donnarumma:

The PSG goalkeeper kept his team in the game, particularly in the first half, when Benfica went for the visitors and had plenty of chances to score.

Yet Donnarumma was an impenetrable presence in the PSG goal, just ask Goncalo Ramos, David Neres and Antonio Silva. All three had good chances and all three failed to beat the stopper.

Indeed the only player who could beat Donnarumma at Benfica was his own defender. Danilo’s goal was unfortunate, the ball just taking a nick off him as it curled past and just inside the post.

Unbeaten records:

Both PSG and Benfica headed into Wednesday’s match with unbeaten records in 2022-23 and the draw means the two teams are still yet to taste defeat.

The draw also leaves both sides four points clear of Juventus in Group H and heavy favourites to qualify for the knockout stages.

PSG and Benfica will return to league action at the weekend before meeting again at the Parc des Princes next week. A win for either would go a long way to securing top spot in the group.

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