Juan Bernat gave PSG a deserved lead in first half stoppage time before Lorenzo Insigne levelled from a penalty in the 62nd minute, after Jose Callejon pounced on a mistake by PSG defender Thiago Silva and was upended in the area. The result threw Group C wide open with only two points separating the four sides.
Liverpool and Napoli have six apiece, with PSG on five and Red Star Belgrade on four. Neymar did not get on the score sheet, but was in the thick of action. The Brazilian showed flashes of inspiration and sowed panic when he ran at the Napoli defence. Yet, there were also moments when he was too individualist, argued with opponents.
PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, making his CL debut for it after completing a three-match ban from last season, did not have a save to make in the first half of his first match in Italy since leaving Juventus. Napoli struggled to play its way out of defence against PSG’s aggressive pressing and it was the visitor which had the better openings, eventually going ahead in the second minute of first half stoppage time.
Neymar released Kylian Mbappe down the left with a delightful chipped pass, the French World Cup winner twisted and turned his way past Raul Albiol and pulled the ball back to Juan Bernat who, despite stumbling, managed to beat David Ospina. It was a different story after half-time as Napoli tore into the tourist.
Buffon twice denied Dries Mertens, then a Jose Callejon shot was blocked by Thilo Kehrer and Fabian Ruiz went close with a drive from outside the penalty area. Buffon somehow managed to stop a Lorenzo Insigne shot on the line which he knew nothing about and it took the penalty to finally beat
the 40-year-old veteran.
Thiago Silva had failed to intercept the ball, Callejon nipped in and was caught in a sandwich between the keeper and the Brazilian defender.
Insigne converted and the San Paolo stadium went wild. The play remained open and niggly, but neither side were able to find a winner.