Paris Saint-Germain have one foot in the Champions League knockout rounds after beating Liverpool 2-1 at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.
It was a massive result for the Parisians, considering defeat would have left them out of contention for a place in the latter stages of the competition.
First-half goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar were enough to seal an invaluable three points for PSG. James Milner pulled a goal back for the visitors from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time but Thomas Tuchel’s side were the superior team on the night and thoroughly deserved their victory.
Had PSG lost the match, it would have led to serious questions being asked about the entire project at the Parc des Princes.
The club’s Qatari owners have spent an eye-watering fortune on bringing in the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, with the intention of becoming the best club in European football.
Their aim this season is to finally win the Champions League - and that dream was in danger of being left in tatters before a ball was kicked on Wednesday evening.
This may explain why PSG’s players and staff were so euphoric when the full-time whistle was blown.
There were wild celebrations inside the stadium from those associated with the home team, despite the fact it was only a group-stage fixture.
Unlike PSG, one man who has won the Champions League is the infamous Djimi Traore.
Widely regarded as one of the worst players to ever get his hands on a Champions League winners’ medal, the former Liverpool defender - who helped the Reds become European champions for the fifth time in 2005 - dropped a tweet after watching PSG’s players go wild following their important win.
“@PSG_inside celebrate like they win champions league tonight,” Traore tweeted. “Little bit of respect for @LFC we won 5 time Liverpool #YNWA”
Although Liverpool fans are relieved Traore is no longer playing for their club, they still have a soft spot for the former Mali international, who recently worked as Seattle Sounders FC’s assistant coach.
And they now love him a little bit more following his latest tweet, judging by the replies…
Despite Wednesday’s setback, Liverpool’s fate is still in their own hands.
They will advance to the knockout stages provided they defeat Napoli 1-0 - or by two goals or more - on December 11.