In the second round of the Champions League Group H in the 2022/23 season, Paris Saint-Germain reversed Maccabi Haifa 0-3 away.
In the first half, Cherry opened the scoring and Messi scored to tie the score. In the second half, Messi assisted Mbappe to achieve the lead, and Neymar scored at the end to seal the victory.
Currently, Paris Saint-Germain is at the top of the list, while Maccabi Haifa is at the bottom after two consecutive defeats.
At the opening stage of the first half, Mbappe was very active on the field, using his speed advantage to threaten the opponent twice in a row: only 2 minutes into the opening, Verratti made a direct pass from the left, and Mbappe got rid of the stamina of Sundgren. The shot from the near corner was strongly saved by Cohen. In the 11th minute, Nuno Mendes sent a long pass for Mbappe from the midfield, but the Frenchman shot unsuccessfully under the interference of Goldberg.
Although Paris Saint-Germain had a lively start, their fragile defense gave Maccabi Haifa an opportunity. In the 15th minute, Atzili counterattacked after stealing the ball from Neymar’s feet. Pierrot’s low shot was successfully resolved by Donnarumma. In the 24th minute, Verratti’s pass from the backcourt was stolen by Fani again. Haziza crossed the penalty area from a 45-degree angle from the right in the frontcourt, and Cherry scored a goal in the middle, 1-0.
Maccabi Haifa’s lead was maintained until 8 minutes before the break: at that time, Mbappe made a cross from the bottom and was cleared by Haziza not far, just in front of Messi. The Argentine did his part to score the goal and equalize for Paris Saint-Germain.
Maccabi Haifa still had the upper hand in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but as they showed signs of fatigue, the balance of victory began to tilt in favor of Paris Saint-Germain. In the 62nd minute, Messi’s two shots were blocked, so he broke through Maccabi Haifa’s 4-man defense 6 minutes later with a straight pass from the left and assisted Mbappe with a low shot from the far corner.
In the last 2 minutes of the game, Verratti sent a long pass from the midfield, while Neymar scored with his left foot unmarked to lock the score at 3-0.
After the whole game, Paris Saint-Germain beat Maccabi Haifa 3-1 away, Messi, Neymar and Mbappe each scored a goal.