Led 16-12 in Porto at half-time in their fifth Champions League match, PSG finally won 34-31 and moved up the standings.
Relief for PSG! Badly embarked on this 2020-21 season of the Champions League, when it will play the semi-finals of the 2019-20 edition against Barça at the end of December, the champion club of France has won its second victory in five group matches this Wednesday in Porto. And that it was hard for the Parisians, who were led 16-12 at halftime, and who finally won 34-31. Faced with a Portuguese team which is improving year by year, PSG managed the first ten minutes (5-4), but much less the following ten and ended up 9-5.
Porto even had a five-goal advantage between the 21st (11-6) and the 31st minute (17-12), which will be their biggest advantage of the game. But the Parisians ended up waking up in the second half, signing a 5-0 (including a double from Kounkoud) between the 31st and the 35th to return to equality (18-18). There was then a tie until 23-23, where PSG managed a 3-0 to break away (23-26, 47th). A boost that turned out to be crippling for the Portuguese, who sailed between -2 and -4 until the end of the match, ultimately failing to -3 (34-31).
Mikkel Hansen, was the great architect of this Parisian victory, with his 9 goals, but he was well helped by Luka Karabatic (6 goals), and Benoit Kounkoud and Dylan Nahi, authors of 4 goals each. The Parisians returned 68% of their shots, and the Portuguese 66%, proof that the two teams were quite close on Wednesday. But PSG ended up having the last word and moved up to fifth place in the group A standings, with one more game to play compared to the two leaders, Kielce and Flensburg-Handewitt. From next week, Paris will have the opportunity to overtake Porto in the standings, by welcoming the Lusitanians to Coubertin.
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