Own goal cancels out stunning Messi strike

Lionel Messi’s stunning curling effort wasn’t enough to get Paris Saint-Germain over the line as they slumped to a 1-1 draw with Benfica in the Champions League.

In a clash between the top two in group H, the game was perfectly set up for one side to steal an advantage and claim top spot in the standings at the halfway point of this stage.

Messi combined insatiably with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, playing a pass into the Frenchman’s feet who flicked the ball to the Brazilian. Before Benfica knew it, the ball had been laid back into the Argentine, who had nestled it into the top corner to fire…

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