Lille 0 – 2 PSG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neymar scored two goals as Paris Saint-Germain claimed a 2 – 0 victory over Lille to extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 10 points.

Having opened the scoring with an amazing strike in the 28th minute of Sunday’s encounter at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Neymar doubled his score with a penalty early in the second half.

After netting his 2nd goal, the Brazilian superstar appeared to pay tribute to Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who was reported to have died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

Lille felt harshly treated by the VAR for PSG’s second goal, though they were fortunate Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe missed big chances to increase the visitors’ lead as their 14-match unbeaten home league run came to an end.

Luiz Araujo’s long-range effort forced Keylor Navas into a save nine minutes in as Lille started pretty strong.

But, a moment of brilliance from Neymar gave PSG the lead, the Brazilian star combining with Marco Verratti before curling the ball into the top-right corner.

Mbappe could have made it 2-0 if not for Gabriel’s block, but Lille might have been level had Presnel Kimpembe not got a toe to Victor Osimhen’s shot.

With Tanguy Kouassi having denied Osimhen a tap-in, Mike Maignan made a brave stop to keep out Mbappe at the other end moments later. PSG were awarded a penalty for a handball by Reinildo. Lille’s frustration was founed by the VAR not deeming there to have been a foul by Idrissa Gueye in the build-up, before Neymar squeezed the penalty beyond Lille’s goalie.

Icardi could have done better with a poor header and Mbappe failed to score as PSG looked to add to their lead, but the visitors settled for a two-goal lead, while Loic Remy saw a stoppage-time consolation disallowed for offside.

PSG 6 – 2 Toulouse

Neymar scored twice, made two assists and won a penalty as PSG came from behind to beat Toulouse 6-2.

 

Neymar was outstanding in his first game at the Parc des Princes as Paris Saint-Germain came from behind to beat Toulouse 6-2 in Ligue 1, the hosts scored four times in the last 15 minutes following a red card for Verratti.

After being forced to watch the 2-0 victory over Amiens from the stands following his world-record €222million move from Barcelona, the Brazilian scored twice, supplied two assists – one for a stunning scissor kick from Layvin Kurzawa – and won a penalty to ensure the PSG faithful’s wait to see him on home turf was worthwhile.

Neymar – clearly emotional prior to kick-off as a minute’s silence was held for the 14 people who were killed in the two terror attacks in Catalonia this week – was heavily involved in the early exchanges, but PSG were behind when the unmarked Max Gradel slammed a volley home in the 18th minute.

After twice being denied by the woodwork, Neymar, who scored on his debut in the 3-0 win at Guingamp last week, equalised with a poacher’s finish before setting up Adrien Rabiot to give PSG the lead in the 35th minute.

Unai Emery’s side stepped off the gas in the second half and lost Verratti to a second bookable offence with 21 minutes remaining, but, after Neymar was fouled by Andy Delort in the box, Edinson Cavani drilled home a penalty.

Thiago Silva headed into his own net to set up a tense finale, but substitute Javier Pastore’s stunner was outdone by an acrobatic effort from Kurzawa.

Neymar then capped the victory with a lovely individual finish as PSG maintained their 100 per cent record to join Monaco and Saint-Etienne at the summit.

Blaise Matuidi made his debut for Juventus on Saturday following his €20million switch to Turin and returned to Paris for an official send off, but on the pitch PSG quickly focused on the task at hand and Neymar grazed the top of the crossbar from 12 yards in the 14th minute.

However, PSG found themselves behind when Gradel met Kelvin Amian’s right-wing cross with a powerful volley that flew beneath Alphonse Areola.

The woodwork again denied Neymar when the impressive Alban Lafont tipped his header behind via the post, but the Brazilian reacted first after the Toulouse goalkeeper kept out Rabiot to slot home from six yards. Neymar then set up Rabiot, who drilled a fine finish into the bottom-right corner from just outside the box to complete the turnaround.

PSG were unable to open the visitors as freely after the restart and their task was made harder when Verratti, booked for going through the back of Alexis Blin in the opening period, caught Christopher Jullien late and was shown a second yellow card by referee Amaury Delerue.

Still, the hosts extended their advantage when Cavani thumped home a penalty awarded after Delort sent Neymar to ground with 15 minutes remaining.

The stage was set for a tense finish when Silva inadvertently headed a corner past Areola 12 minutes from time, but any nerves did not last long.

Pastore replaced Thiago Motta prior to Verratti’s dismissal and he curled a sublime shot into the top-right corner to restore PSG’s two-goal cushion.

It got even better for the hosts less than two minutes later when Neymar’s arrowed corner was smashed beyond Lafont by a majestic volley from Kurzawa.

Neymar finished the job himself, getting away from Jullien and spinning clear of Issa Diop before beating Lafont low to the goalkeeper’s left, ending a remarkable night in Paris in fitting fashion.

 

Ligue 1: Guingamp 0 – 3 PSG

Neymar marked his debut with a goal and an assist as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Guingamp 3-0.

 

Having taken a watching brief for PSG’s opening-day win over Amiens last weekend, Neymar made his Ligue 1 bow at the Stade de Roudourou on Sunday after his world-record €222million transfer from Barcelona.

The Brazil star took his place on the left-hand side of a front three alongside Cavani and Angel Di Maria and looked lively throughout against opponents who were happy to sit deep and defend in numbers until PSG found a breakthrough thanks to Jordan Ikoko’s bizarre own goal.

Right-back Ikoko, a PSG academy graduate, had been the focus of unfamiliar attention in the build-up as the most likely man to directly oppose Neymar but his downfall early in the second period was all of his own making as his mis-directed pass back towards goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson was too strong and crept in via the upright.

Not to be upstaged, Neymar had a more direct influence on PSG’s second as his delightful throughball released Cavani to coolly beat Johnsson.

And the most expensive footballer on the planet was not done there as he tapped home into an empty net with eight minutes remaining following good work from Cavani.

Inevitably all eyes were on the Brazilian, whose first contribution was to loft an ambitious pass from deep towards the run of Di Maria which proved just too heavy.

Neymar helped carve out the first real chance in the 15th minute, combining neatly with Thiago Motta to free Cavani but Johnsson saved with his legs to deny the Uruguayan.

The first notice of Neymar’s threat was served five minutes later as he jinked inside on his right foot before blasting over from 20 yards, and he almost created the opener as his teasing cross was thumped against the angle of post and crossbar by an unmarked Marquinhos.

Cavani stung the palms of Johnsson with a free-kick as PSG continued to dominate before Neymar had half-hearted appeals for a penalty waved away as he went down under minimal contact from Etienne Didot.

It was Didot who fired narrowly off-target early in the second period to remind PSG this was not a one-man show, but the hapless Ikoko soon grabbed the spotlight in farcical circumstances.

Neymar’s throughball was cut out and ran to Ikoko but his pass back to Johnsson was heavy and wide of the goalkeeper, who had to stretch with his foot and could not prevent the ball rolling in off the left-hand post.

Cavani wasted two presentable opportunities to double PSG’s lead soon afterwards but he did not have to wait long to score his second goal in as many league outings this season as he ran onto Neymar’s sumptuous pass and slotted beyond Johnsson.

Another excellent pass from the ex-Barca man deserved better than Di Maria’s weak finish straight at the keeper as PSG looked to kill the game off – a feat they duly managed as Cavani returned the favour, teeing up Neymar for a simple finish from six yards to cap a wholly satisfactory debut in fitting fashion.

Trophee des Champions: Monaco 1 – 2 PSG

Dani Alves made a competitive debut to remember as Paris Saint-Germain struck a psychological blow in Ligue 1 by coming from behind to defeat Monaco 2-1 and win the Trophee des Champions.

 

PSG’s audacious pursuit of Barcelona superstar Neymar has been dominating the headlines in recent weeks, but it was Brazil team-mate Alves, signed on a free transfer from Juventus, that announced himself to the club’s faithful in stunning fashion in Saturday’s curtain raiser in Morocco.

The evergreen 34-year-old, playing in the unfamiliar position on the right of a front-three, blasted in a long-range free-kick shortly after the restart to cancel out Djibril Sidibe’s expertly taken first-half opener.

And Alves’ brilliant cross was headed home by Adrien Rabiot just after the hour to secure PSG a fifth consecutive Trophee des Champions victory.

The result puts into focus the challenge Monaco, who saw late penalty claims for handball against Rabiot dismissed, face in defending their shock Ligue 1 title victory this season.

Leonardo Jardim’s men swashbuckled their way to the championship last term, but have lost Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko during the close-season, while the jewel in their attacking crown Kylian Mbappe is being heavily linked with a €180million move to Real Madrid.

PSG coach Unai Emery will be fully aware that the pressure is on this season to at a minimum regain the Ligue 1 title, but, with or without Neymar, they appear fully equipped to do just that.

Mbappe was impressive throughout for Monaco and the France forward had the ball in the back of the net in the fifth minute, but the goal was rightly ruled offside.

At the other end, Rabiot combined with Layvin Kurzawa before teeing up Alves, whose half-volley Danijel Subasic spilled before the Monaco goalkeeper recovered to deny Edinson Cavani.

The lively nature of the match continued and Jemerson made a superb block to deny Cavani sweeping in Kurzawa’s centre at the end of a lightning PSG break.

PSG began to stamp their authority on the match, but their failure to take advantage proved costly as Monaco opened the scoring with a fine breakaway goal on the half hour.

Monaco gained possession in PSG territory and debutant Youri Tielemans’ exquisite throughball was collected by Sidibe, who provided an equally brilliant dink over Alphonse Areola.

Radamel Falcao had the opportunity to double the lead when he met Sidibe’s teasing right-wing cross with a powerful header that cleared the crossbar.

But PSG were level in stunning fashion in the 51st minute when Alves smashed in a 30-yard free-kick to the left of Subasic that barely span as it nestled in the goal.

Rabiot then muscled in front of Kamil Glik to head wide from an Alves centre, but the same combination proved more fruitful in the 63rd minute.

Javier Pastore released Alves on the right of the box and he hung up a perfect cross for Rabiot to hammer his header past Subasic.

PSG were grateful to Areola for making a low save down to his right to keep out Guido Carrillo’s powerful downward header, while Thiago Silva made a fine block from Thomas Lemar’s follow-up.

Monaco had late claims for a penalty waved away when Rabiot seemingly controlled a Lemar cross with his arm, but Emery’s men withstood a late surge to once again begin their season with silverware.

ICC: PSG 2 – 3 Juventus

 

Juventus recorded a thrilling 3-2 victory against PSG thanks to a goal from Claudio Marchisio.

 

A second-half brace from Marchisio helped Juventus to a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain at the International Champions Cup.

Gonzalo Higuain produced a classy finish on the stroke of half-time to give the Serie A champions a lead at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

But a Goncalo Guedes goal, set up by the impressive Angel Di Maria, saw PSG level early in the second half on Wednesday.

Marchisio scored superbly from 20 yards in the 62nd minute, but Javier Pastore levelled once more for PSG.

However, Juve would not be denied a third time as Marchisio converted from the penalty spot for the match-winner in the 89th minute.

Marco Verratti and Di Maria, both linked with moves from PSG, started, while Dani Alves began on the bench for the clash against his former club.

Juve made an energetic start and Paulo Dybala should have opened the scoring in the fourth minute.

The Argentina international cut in from the right before curling a shot just wide as he aimed for the far corner.

PSG slowly built into the clash, Blaise Matuidi squandering a good chance from a cross before Di Maria forced a diving save from Gianluigi Buffon.

Dybala then went close twice approaching the half-hour mark, forcing Alphonse Areola to save a free-kick before curling a set-piece just wide.

PSG forward Edinson Cavani had the ball in the back of the net in the 33rd minute, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

Juve looked more dangerous throughout the opening 45 minutes and they deservedly went ahead on the stroke of half-time.

Higuain played a one-two with Dybala before clipping a finish past Areola and into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

Juve made 10 changes at the break – with only Buffon staying on – while PSG introduced eight new substitutes.

It was a frantic start to the second half, Stefano Sturaro almost doubling Juve’s lead as he struck the post after a Mattia De Sciglio pass, while Giovani Lo Celso forced Buffon into a save before PSG equalised in the 53rd minute.

Di Maria and Layvin Kurzawa exchanged passes down the left before the former poked a pass to the back post, where Guedes tapped in.

A crucial touch from Buffon denied Jese Rodriguez before Marchisio restored Juve’s lead in style.

Kurzawa gave the ball away cheaply and Moise Kean ran at the PSG defence before playing a pass across the area, Marchisio producing a superb first-time finish from 20 yards.

But PSG responded again, a brave Pastore header from a Kurzawa cross making it 2-2 in the 80th minute.

However, Marchisio would score the winner, striking a penalty down the middle after Kean was brought down by Presnel Kimpembe.

Roma 1 – 1 PSG (Pen: 3 – 5)


Paris Saint-Germain overcame AS Roma on penalties at the International Champions Cup.

Dani Alves made his debut for PSG as the Ligue 1 giants edged Roma on penalties at the International Champions Cup on Wednesday.

Alves, who signed for PSG earlier this month despite being heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, started at right-back in the 1-1 draw at Comerica Park.

Marquinhos gave PSG a 36th-minute lead after a somewhat scrappy first half, but Roma were the better side in the second.

Umar Sadiq levelled proceedings on the hour-mark and Roma had two penalty shouts turned down in a lively second half before penalties were needed to separate the teams.

Only Gerson failed to convert in the shoot-out, with Marquinhos scoring the decisive penalty in the 5-3 success.

While Alves made his debut for PSG, who are linked with Barcelona star Neymar, recruits Hector Moreno and Lorenzo Pellegrini started for Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma.

Both teams consistently broke down in the attacking third in the opening exchanges, although Jese Rodriguez had a great chance in the 21st minute.

The forward was put through but was unable to get the ball under control and the opportunity was wasted.

PSG took a deserved lead nine minutes prior to half-time.

Thiago Motta tried to play a one-two with Jese but went down under a challenge, the ball falling to Marquinhos to put away from inside the area.

The Ligue 1 giants continued to threaten to finish the half, Lucas Moura shooting straight at Roma goalkeeper Alisson after a smart Javier Pastore run.

Both teams made changes at the break and it took time for the substitutes to settle in Detroit.

Alves was perhaps fortunate not to give away a penalty in the 57th minute, the Brazilian bringing down Diego Perotti with a slide tackle in the area, only to collect the ball afterwards.

Roma levelled on the hour-mark through 20-year-old forward Sadiq.

A pass over the top from Gerson saw Sadiq put in behind and the Nigerian finished through Alphonse Areola’s legs from an angle.

Daniele De Rossi, who came off the bench, was the next to go close, the midfielder’s 25-yard free-kick tipped over by Areola in the 65th minute.

The lively Umar was then brought down by Presnel Kimpembe in the area, but penalty pleas were again dismissed.

Blaise Matuidi had three late chances for PSG, including blazing over from close range and missing two one-on-ones as a shoot-out followed.

After the first five penalties were converted, Gerson failed to hit the target with his spot-kick as Roma were beaten.

 

Paris SG 4 – 0 Rennes


Ibra scored 2 goals as PSG destroyed Rennes with a whopping 4 – 0 victory in Ligue 1 on Friday night.

The French champions managed to match their own Ligue 1 points record from 2013-2014. PSG still has three more league games remaining, giving them a chance to beat the 89 points mark. If you want to keep track of Les Parisiens matches, visit PSG Live scores.

Laurent Blanc’s side has made five changes after their win against Lille in the Coupe de la Lige final.

In the second half, they scored two goals in 4 minutes, with Maxwell starting the rally with a wonderful goal before Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck from close range.

After Edinson Cavani hit the crossbar, Ibra got his second goal of the night, making the result 3-0. It was a one-sided match, as Cavani sealed the deal in stoppage time to make it 4-0.

PSG’s goalkeeper wasn’t quite busy in this match, as he was playing against a team who have picked up only one point from their last four matches.

AJ Auxerre 1-1 PSG

Auxerre has managed to “hook” PSG and get a point in the final minutes on the match of the 32nd day (1-1).

Auxerre – Paris SG 1-1
Goals: Le Tallec (86th) – Nene (18th)

PSG missed a golden opportunity to return to the tune of Montpellier conceding a draw against Auxerre on Sunday. The Parisians have a great start the meeting by opening the scoring early, but were finally being overtaken late in the game. Blame it on a questionable attitude and a very brave team of Auxerre.

A solid start

After the missteps of MHSC, defeated on the lawn of Lorient on Sunday (2-1), Paris had the opportunity to pick up and even take the championship lead when goleada. Unfortunately, the Parisians have granted a new tie and a new faith disappointed when they had a golden opportunity here. Things had started well for Ancelotti’s team. Gameiro, tenure at the point of attack proved to be very active and difficult for the defense of Auxerre, undermined by the movements of the French center forward. And shortly before the half hour mark, he made the difference by serving perfectly Nene at the entrance to the surface, which then directed the race and the perfect shot for mistaken Sorin (23rd).

Of Auxerrois concerned

Auxerre, far from being sounded and also engaged in a battle even harder, then took advantage of this invitation to put pressure on the camp of Paris. But the technical errors of the collective Auxerrois have made it almost all attempts fruitless forays. Almost as some players like Camel Chafni have finally shown their talent to throw a chill in the Paris team. The Moroccan party on the left side, was based on Oliech before Bisevac feint with an inner hook and hitting power in the post … (53). A shot of hot Sirigu, who would save his team a few minutes later, slamming a head Oliech on a cross from the left (60th).

A difference in attitude

Nevertheless, it is Paris that would be the biggest regret of the evening when Nene, served in depth by Menez, left alone and ignored Gameiro goal at the far post to try a dribble (unsuccessful) to Sorin. The goal of the ultimate break then escaped to Paris and Auxerre, far from being cooled, was launched with even more enthusiasm in the assault. Enthusiasm perfectly embodied by Kossoko, far from perfect technically, but very aggressive and almost inevitably led to the equalization Auxerroise. Quite late in the game, the French striker got the better of Bisevac and struck out in force at the near post, forcing the ball to push Sirigu. Oliech, which was well attended, and caused a favorable against Le Tallec, placed near the penalty spot, pushed the ball into the goal almost empty (87th), to crucify the PSG. Unable to keep the score, or make the break, Parisians leave obviously disappointed and upset. For Auxerre, this is the bare minimum to maintain hope.

AS Nancy 2-1 PSG

PSG conceded its first loss in L1 Ancelotti’s era, his second in three games, in Nancy.

Paris SG version Ancelotti has experienced his first defeat in the Championship of France in Nancy (2-1) and is now on a series of four games without a win in all competitions (2 draws, 2 losses), the second always behind Montpellier, at Cape the 30th day. The questions are now constantly increasing number of the tag champion stuck in the neck of the PSG since the arrival of new Qatari owners.

Ancelotti loses his Latin

And coach Carlo Ancelotti has not provided sufficient answers. The Italian had repeatedly said that with him no one was indispensable. It was not just words. “Carletto” Nancy has messed with Sakho and Nene on the bench and Thiago Motta and Alex in the stands! If we add these two players a Maxwell on the bench at kick-off, no recruits from winter transfer window was on the lawn early in the game! But that changed nothing. Worse, it is Nancy who finished the game strong with a goal of Mollo (already decisive passer on the first goal) for the victory in the 89th minute, when, against a loss generated by a ball Maxwell, Mollo s relies on Moukandjo who procrastinate facing Bisevac and found his teammate at the edge of the area. Mollo then beat Sirigu with a shot along the ground far from overpowering that fits into the side netting opposite without the Italian goalkeeper could intervene. Armand had indeed helped to reduce the brand Sissoko after the break (49th) at once determined the skull, but it was not enough to a cowardly Paris late in the game. Say that the “money-time” was the specialty of PSG far …

The wrong operation is not so bad, yet, in terms of ranking points for PSG, still tied behind Montpellier units. But in terms of image, the situation is terrible for a club that has spent about 100 million euros in the transfer market in summer and winter. Montpellier and now has everything to gain with his game shifted to April 11 against a Marseille haggard. And PSG has not prepared its best clasico at Parc des Princes next Sunday against OM by adding a ton of pressure with this unexpected setback …

PSG 1-1 Bordeaux

PSG was hooked by the Girondins de Bordeaux at the 29th round of Ligue 1 (1-1).

PSG could not do better than return to the last minutes of his duel with Bordeaux to catch the point of the tie tonight. The players of Carlo Ancelotti, barely able to create danger in the first period, came back with better intentions after the break but were unable to be pushing this team to Bordeaux, which can be satisfied with her game. Tonight, Montpellier asleep first.

Problems

This 29th day was a test more for the PSG version of Carlo Ancelotti, and the least we can say is that Parisians are far from taking the exam with flying colors. Bickered with training Bordeaux well applied in its ground grid and pressing, the Parisians have long doubted. Unable to make their last few phases of possessions, they have mainly evolved and offered against a face that recalled without a doubt the team coached by Antoine Kombouare in the first half of the season.

The fault probably the game plan chosen by the Italian technician, who has aligned his team in the 4-2-3-1 who had the happiness of the capital club in the early months of the championship. Unfortunately, this is a version of PSG end of the year 2011 who worked in the field. Cut in half, too slow in its transmissions and unable to fast connections between these lines, Paris had to settle on the danger of creating kick bones. And Alex could have opened the scoring with an excellent service Nene if his gesture had not failed application (29th).

A strong opposition

The Girondins themselves, were collectively consistent. First the grid in their field and their laundry, which has paused serious problems for defenders of Paris. Then in their game plan, which largely sought Trémoulinas on the left wing. The French side has stepped up spills in the first period, creating a huge opportunity for Plasil, frustrated by Sirigu at close range (31 ‘). After the break, Paris returned to a more Italian since Matuidi to replace Jeremy Menez and allowed his team to use training in Christmas tree so dear to Carlo Ancelotti. And the impact is immediately felt, particularly with Sissoko, who, in a more advanced position, sent a superb volley narrowly finally diverted by an alert Carrasso (48th).

Faced with this tactical change, Bordeaux had a harder time setting foot on the ball and play advantage on the wings to create chances. This is also an acceleration of Maurice-Belay Plasil right side that has had the opportunity to send a superb strike from the right on cross Sirigu (72nd), which was completely beaten. In the last fifteen minutes, Bordeaux took advantage of the speed of his attackers to sanction improper alignment of the defense of the PSG, which was up a notch. And Maurice-Belay, very active throughout the meeting, was based only on goal before offering a caviar Diabaté, who pushed the ball into the empty goal (77th). It is precisely at this point that the PSG reagent version 2012 has demonstrated, through a brilliant backheel Bodmer, who has helped to give Hoarau the two teams level (81st). However, it is Bordeaux, which came out satisfied with the match having taken the point of zero. For PSG, who lost the championship lead in goal difference against Montpellier, it is time to take action.