Red Star Belgrade vs. Paris Saint-Germain - Football Match Report

Paris St Germain's Neymar celebrates scoring their second goal. Marko Djurica Reuters

Paris St Germain's Neymar celebrates scoring their second goal. Marko Djurica Reuters

Tuchel said he stressed the unity of his squad after a hard start to life in Europe with a loss away at Liverpool and a draw at home to Napoli.

However, PSG scored 10 goals in two games against Red Star, who beat Liverpool and drew with Napoli in Belgrade-dropped points that allowed the Ligue 1 leaders to finish top.

Neymar nearly extended the visitors' lead on the half-hour mark after he was played through on goal by Cavani, but his goal-bound strike was saved by Red Star goalkeeper Milan Borjan. I'm happy with the last matches we did. The opponent has played with a lot of risk.

That fast pace kept up in a game that had greater tension placed upon it after news filtered through of an early PSG goal in Belgrade but with the greater sense of urgency on the hosts, they found it tough to carve out real clearcut opportunities until shortly after the half hour mark.

'Now we are in the last 16. Congratulations to all the players and staff.

"We showed for a second time after the match against Liverpool that we are ready for this kind of match", added Tuchel, whose side began the group stage with a 3-2 defeat by the Reds at Anfield and then struggled to contain Napoli in the two draws with the Italian side. "The team showed they could play together". All four teams can qualify for at least a spot in the Europa League but no team has officially punched their ticket to the Champions League knockout stage.

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Boss Vladan Milojevic, quoted on uefa.com, said: 'We had a few troubling parts during the match where we were not aligned with what we want to do on the pitch.

The visitors dominated the first half in Belgrade, and Cavani fired them ahead with a 10th-minute tap-in from close range after Mbappe raced clear of his marker and squared the ball back to the Uruguay striker.

'We came back after the break to make it 2-1, and tried to refresh things with the substitutions, but we conceded a goal that you just can not allow in such a phase of the match.

Despite crashing out of European competition, 1991 European Cup winners Red Star received a standing ovation from their die-hard supporters on the final whistle after several spirited performances in their maiden Champions League campaign.

Club CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi said he was proud of the "great character" of the players and coaches.

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