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PSG vs. RB Leipzig score: Neymar nets Champions League winner as French side holds on

Paris Saint-Germain held on to claim all three points with a vital 1-0 win over RB Leipzig at Parc des Princes on Tuesday that gives them new hope of qualifying from Champions League Group H. It took just 11 minutes for the hosts to go in front through Neymar from the penalty spot after Angel Di Maria was fouled.

The visitors grew in confidence as the half wore on and PSG were forced to dig in. Thomas Tuchel was under major pressure coming into the match and that was evident in the way he solidified the defense with the inclusion of Mitchel Bakker at left-back. Tuchel also went for a workmanlike midfield with Ander Herrera, Leandro Paredes and Danilo Pereira.

Tempers flared as the match pressed on and it was Leipzig who did most of the pushing in the second half, and PSG even reverted to a 5-3-2 formation at one point in a bid to protect their lead and picked up five bookings to Leipzig's one.

Ultimately, it was enough for Les Parisiens with the win lifting them back above the Germans on goal difference due to the Bundesliga outfit's thrashing at the hands of Manchester United.

However, the style of the win will have done little to persuade Tuchel's doubters that he can break PSG out of their current malaise.

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Here's a look at who was on top and who flopped on Tuesday.

Top: Mitchel Bakker

Favored at left-back over the attack-minded Layvin Kurzawa, the Dutchman was a big upgrade in terms of solidity and kept things simple but effective on a night when the result mattered most.

Flop: Thomas Tuchel

PSG might have won the game, but the German's tactical setup and substitutions left a lot to be desired and made it clear that he was happy to sit on the early lead. On another day, Leipzig would have scored but it was not to be.

Top: Christopher Nkunku

The Frenchman impressed on his return to Parc des Princes with a disciplined performance that saw hm put a real shift in for coach Julian Nagelsmann.

Flop: PSG's midfied

It was unimaginative on paper and the reality was even more sobering. PSG have badly missed Marco Verratti and his return toward the end was a massive breath of fresh air for the team.

Top: Marquinos

Restored to the heart of the defense, the captain led the efforts to keep Leipzig at bay in an all hands to the pump approach from Tuchel.

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@RBLeipzig_EN via Twitter
November 24, 2020, 10:37 PM

It was not pretty but PSG got the win they needed and Tuchel will be a relieved man. Leipzig gave it everything but they were unable to make the breakthrough. PSG live to fight another day and now need to dig out another result in Manchester next week. Verratti's return to fitness was a boost for the Ligue 1 leaders.

@PSG_English via Twitter
November 24, 2020, 9:53 PM
@PSG_English via Twitter
November 24, 2020, 9:50 PM
@PSG_English via Twitter
November 24, 2020, 9:35 PM

PSG have switched to a 5-3-2 formation at home as Tuchel tries to get his team to defend their one-goal lead. Rafinha has replaced an unhappy Di Maria as Verratti warms up.

@PSG_English via Twitter
November 24, 2020, 9:24 PM
@PSG_English via Twitter
November 24, 2020, 9:18 PM
@PSG_English via Twitter
November 24, 2020, 9:09 PM

PSG lead 1-0 at the break. Leipzig were growing in confidence towards the end of that half. It does not feel like one goal will be enough for the hosts. Another big 45 coming up after half-time!

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