Kylian Mbappe and substitute Sarabia led the Champions League match between Real Madrid and PSG on Tuesday to a thrilling finish, helping their team score two goals in as many minutes.
The home team started the game on the front with Benzema putting them ahead in the 17th minute from close range. He later scored his second with a header, which many thought would win the match for Madrid with just over 11 minutes to go.
But a mistake from Thibaut Courtois led to an easy goal for Kylian Mbappe, and two minutes later, Sarabia put one in the top corner to salvage a draw.
“Real were the better team for a long time,” PSG manager Thomas Tuchel said after the match. “We played too complicated, not quick enough, not simple enough, not with confidence. Real played with a lot of confidence.
“They showed that this is a team that won the Champions League three times in a row.”
Keylor Navas, who had recently moved from Real Madrid to PSG, had a great game on his return to Santiago Bernabeau with some crucial saves and quick reflexes.
“We had an extraordinary goalkeeper with Keylor Navas,” Tuchel said. “We were lucky, it’s not forbidden. After the goal, we were freer.
“There are some positive things to remember. The mentality at the end, the quality of the guys who came on, Ney and Pablo and [Julian] Draxler made the difference. We have 13 points from five games.”
Keylor Navas vs Real Madrid (2019-11-26)
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Even Real Madrid manager and Navas’s former boss Zinedine Zidane praised the goalkeeper for his performances.
“I’m not surprised,” Zidane said about Navas. “He had these types of performances when he played for us. He did his job. I think he had four or five very good saves. But it was for them, unfortunately.”
A notable thing at the beginning of the match was that PSG had started the game without their star man Neymar. At a time when Neymar is reported to be unsettled, many would have read too much into the Brazilian being benched, but Tuchel was quick to say that Neymar not starting the match was more off his hamstring injury than anything else.
“No, I’m not afraid [of the ramifications], I don’t think we are going to lose Neymar,” the PSG manager said.
“We have a connection, we are honest. I talked to him and told him that I would rather he play in the second half and start on the bench. We did the same thing with Kylian away to Galatasaray.
“He’s been absent for six weeks, he only played one game before this one and for me it was not worth taking that risk. Every month he missed a few days. I made the decision for him, for his health.”