Paris Saint-Germain hosts Benfica in the Champions League
Paris Saint-Germain is a heavy guest against its Portuguese counterpart, Benfica, at nine o’clock this evening, Wednesday, at the “Al-Nour” stadium, in the third round of Group H of the Champions League for the current season 2022-2023.
Paris Saint-Germain enters today’s match and is at the top of Group H in the Champions League with 6 points collected from winning the first and second matches, scoring 5 goals and receiving 2.
While Benfica enters the match with the same balance of points and second place in the table of the eighth group, with a goal difference in favor of today’s competitor, where he scored 4 goals and received one goal.
Today’s match is decided by the leaders of the Group H standings, especially since Benfica, if they achieve a victory at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain, thanks to playing at home and among their fans, will be at the forefront.
Paris Saint-Germain is counting on its fiery attacking triple, consisting of “Neymar da Silva, Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi”, to decipher the defenses of Benfica, which is the strongest in the group thanks to the only goal he received.
Paris midfielder Renato Sanchez is absent from today’s match, and he was forced to go out against Nice, just 16 minutes after his return to the stadiums, due to a right thigh injury.
Lionel Messi leads the scene in Paris Saint-Germain matches this season after his exciting glow, as the “flea” is the only player who participated mainly in the 12 official matches played by the team this season in all tournaments, and he is the only one who achieved playing minutes that exceeded 1000 minutes.
Lionel Messi has seven goals, the last of which was a free kick in the Nice match, his first in this way with the team, as well as eight assists, while last year, at the same stage since this season, he had scored only one goal.
Historically, the Benfica team met against Paris Saint-Germain in 6 matches in the European championships. The hosts succeeded in winning 3 matches, drawing in one and losing only two matches against the Parisian club.
The last two matches in the Champions League between the two teams ended with Benfica winning at home on December 10, 2013, with two goals to one.
While the result of the confrontation before the last came with a 3-0 victory for Paris Saint-Germain at the expense of Benfica on the second of October 2013.