Lionel Messi’s PSG faces a dangerous RB Leipzig side that has ground to make up at the midway point of the UEFA Champions League group stage. The Parisian side is undefeated and sitting in first place after the first two matches, but Leipzig is at the bottom and desperate to pick up its first points.
PSG has only suffered one loss in its past 12 matches across all competitions, and so a win at the Parc des Princes will be a difficult proposition for Leipzig. The good news for the German side coached by American Jesse Marsch is that Neymar (adductor), Angel Di Maria (suspension), Mauro Icardo (coach’s decision) and Leandro Paredes (quad) will all miss out for PSG.
Another American, midfielder Tyler Adams, is expected to feature in the match after being rested over the weekend. Leipzig’s star of the first two months of the season is former PSG academy product Christopher Nkunku, who scored a hat trick against Manchester City in the group-stage opener. He has stayed hot with nine goals in 11 appearances across all competitions.
These two sides have some recent history between them: This is the third straight Champions League tournament in which they will meet. Each team won its home game in last edition’s group stage, while PSG came out on top in the 2020 Champions League semifinals.
Sporting News will be following the event live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
PSG vs. RB Leipzig live score
PSG — Kylian Mbappe — 9th min.
LEI — Andre Silva (Angelino) — 28th min.
LEI — Nordi Mukiele (Angelino) — 57th min.
(All times Eastern)
57th min.: Leipzig takes the lead! Another ball wide left to Angelino, and another beautiful cross to the far post, where Nordi Mukiele puts it home first time. Very similar to the first goal.
56th min.: Rare spell of pressure from PSG and first Marco Verratti, then Lionel Messi trying to penetrate, but Leipzig holds firm.
52nd min.: Dangerous Leipzig attack. Laimer with the cross from the right and it goes across the box with no teammates close to connecting.
50th min.: Wow. Idrissa Gueye with another hard foul in midfield shortly after picking up a yellow. That could’ve been a second yellow, and Gueye gets off easy.
48th min.: Yellow card for Idrissa Gueye for a foul on Andre Silva just outside the box. Nkunku attempts to curl it over the wall, but it’s high.
46th min.: Second half is underway. No changes.
Halftime: PSG 1, RB Leipzig 1
Halftime: It’s the typical PSG performance this year: They have moments of pure brilliance, but they’re not strong enough to take the stranglehold of a game. Kylian Mbappe is the best player on the field and he got the breakthrough goal on a solo run, but PSG can’t regularly create attacks and danger. That’s not the case with RB Leipzig, which has succeeded in turning the ball over and then has clear ideas and movements in the attack. This PSG defense can be exposed. All to play for in the second half. While we wait, enjoy this Mbappe skill move.
42nd min.: Nkunku comes close! On a quick transition, he shows off his skill near the top of the box and fires the right-footed shot just wide with a defender in his face. He’s been dangerous.
41st min.: Great defensive play by Leipzig’s Willi Orban who pokes the ball away from Mbappe in the box. Nothing comes of the PSG corner.
36th min.: Leipzig is having success at forcing turnovers in midfield with its press. As long as they can contain Mbappe, it doesn’t look like other PSG players are set to pose any danger.
28th min.: And there’s the equalizer! Leipzig carve up PSG’s back line, switch the point of attack to the left and Angelino delivers a fantastic cross to the far post where Andre Silva scores first time.
27th min.: Leipzig hit the post! Andre Silva with the excellent control and shot in the box and Keylor Navas was beat. The ball goes off the base of the right post. PSG seems passive now and Leipzig taking advantage.
25th min.: Free kick for Leipzig into the box and PSG captain Marquinhos has to clear over the bar! That was dangerous. PSG clears the corner kick, too.
23rd min.: PSG seem to be relaxing after taking the lead. Mbappe and Messi attempt the give-and-go into the Leipzig box, but Leipzig’s goalkeeper comes out to snag it.
Kylian Mbappé has been involved in his 40th goal in the Champions League since he joined Paris in 2017/18 (22 goals, 18 assists), only Robert Lewandowski has been more decisive in the competition over that period (43). Machine. #PSGRBL pic.twitter.com/PBCnSANcbf
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 19, 2021
19th min.: Willi Orban picks up a yellow for putting the block on Mbappe before he could sprint again. Learned his lesson the first time.
9th min.: Mbappe! PSG leads 1-0. He makes a solo run at the last defender Orban and fires a low shot past the ‘keeper. He’s unstoppable.
8th min.: Both teams going blow for blow to start. Navas has to go down low to stop a cross from the right.
7th min.: Julian Draxler stretches to meet a cross into the box and his redirection nearly puts the ball on net.
3rd min.: What a chance for RB Leipzig! Christopher Nkunku was indecisive and served the ball late to teammate Konrad Laimer in the box. His shot was saved by Keylor Navas. On the ensuing corner, Tyler Adams’ header is off the target.
1st min.: Kylian Mbappe with the run down the left and RB Leipzig can barely catch up. His cross from the left goes across the box. His teammates couldn’t catch up either.
1st min.: We’re off. PSG kicks off.
3:00 p.m. ET: The scenes from the Parc des Princes:
2:57 p.m. ET: Teams are in the tunnel ready to take the field.
2:38 p.m. ET: This has got to warm your heart: Messi & Ronaldinho reunited.
2:30 p.m. ET: Looks like warmups are happening:
2:25 p.m. ET: The RB Leipzig star player everyone will have their eyes on (9 goals in 11 appearances):
2:05 p.m. ET: Look who’s on hand for the match in Paris: Ex-PSG star Ronaldinho.
PSG vs. RB Leipzig: Starting lineups
Without Neymar (adductor) and Angel Di Maria (suspended), manager Mauricio Pochettino would normally be expected to field Mauro Icardi at center forward flanked by Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi. But the personal issues that forced Icardi to miss a couple of training sessions have also cost him a spot in the squad. Julian Draxler will team up with Mbappe and Messi on the forward line.
PSG starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Keylor Navas-GK — 25-Nuno Mendes, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 5-Marquinhos, 2-Achraf Hakimi — 27-Idrissa Gueye, 6-Marco Verratti, 21-Ander Herrera — 23-Julian Draxler, 7-Kylian Mbappe, 30-Lionel Messi
PSG subs (10): 50-Gigi Donnarumma-GK, 60-Alexandre Letellier, 24-Thilo Kehrer, 22-Abdou Diallo, 20-Layvin Kurzawa, 17-Collin Dagba, 39-Nathan Bitumazala, 15-Danilo Pereira, 18-Georginio Wijnaldum, 28-Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe
Interesting changes introduced by RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch, who has switched up the forward trio. Instead of the usual Forsberg-Poulsen-Nkunku line, he gives Andre Silva the start. Tyler Adams is also back in the starting lineup after being rested over the weekend.
RB Leipzig starting lineup (3-4-3, left to right): 1-Peter Gulacsi-GK — 16-Lukas Klostermann, 4-Willi Orban, 2-Mohamed Simakan — 3-Angelino, 27-Konrad Laimer, 8-Amadou Haidara, 14-Tyler Adams — 22-Nordi Mukiele, 33-Andre Silva, 18-Christopher Nkunku
RB Leipzig subs (8): 31-Josep Martinez-GK, 32-Josko Gvardiol, 39-Benjamin Heinrichs, 44-Kevin Kampl, 17-Dominik Szoboszlai, 26-Ilaix Moriba, 10-Emil Forsberg, 9-Yussuf Poulsen
How to watch PSG vs. RB Leipzig
- Date: Tues, Oct. 19
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: none
- Streaming (USA): Paramount+, PrendeTV
- Streaming (Canada): DAZN
Lionel Messi’s third Champions League match with Paris Saint-Germain will be available only via streaming. Paramount+ will have the English-language stream of the match, while Univision’s free streaming platform PrendeTV will carry the Spanish-language broadcast.
DAZN has the UEFA Champions League rights in Canada and will stream the match for subscribers.