PSG 3 – 2 Leipzig

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Mbappé and Leo Messi led the comeback against RB Leipzig (3 – 2) with Ronaldinho being an exceptional witness from the box in the Parc des Princes.

Neymar, Ramos, Di María and Icardi were not present, but the individual qualities, once again, saved a bland Paris Saint-Germain that, in defense, had some leaks. Every Leipzig attack was extremely dangerous. Keylor Navas, who started ahead of Donnarumma, ruined the first chances for Laimer and André Silva.

Mbappé, on the other hand, did not miss his chances. Marquinhos stole, Draxler sent Kylian on the run who broke Orban to score 1 – 0 with a dry shot for his first goal. His love affair with the European Cup has no end: he has participated in 46 goals (28 goals and 18 assists) in 46 games.

PSG did score, but Leipzig was a constant threat. André Silva warned with a shot to the post in the 27th minute. A minute later, he retaliated. Angeliño served the ‘pass of death’ and the former Sevilla player finished off to equalise. He hadn’t scored in the Champions League since December 2017.

Every drive to the ‘open country’ of Nkunku caused panic in the Park of the Princes. However, it was again Angeliño who enabled Mukiele to score for 1 – 2 in the 57th minute.

PSG were stunned, out of the game. Messi barely managed to enter the game… but Leipzig ‘blew themselves up’. A loss from Tyler Adams left Mbappé toe-to-toe with Gulácsi. Kylian, generous, gave the goal to Messi. The comeback was made by Messi, but led by Mbappé. The attacker “invented” a penalty for a slight push from Simakan. He immediately turned to Leo and said: “You take it.” That’s how it went. Messi, with a penalty “a la Panenka”, made it 3 – 2 in the 74th minute.

The ecstasy in Paris was total. It could have been even bigger… but Mbappé missed a penalty made on Achraf Hakimi in the 94th minute. PSG is the leader of Group A with 7 points. They’re followed by City with 6.

Mbappe saves the day

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In round 10 of the French Ligue 1, PSG defeated Angers 2 – 1.

There were no Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Neymar in the ranks of the Parisians who joined the team late after commitments with their national teams. Mauricio Pochettino did not want to take any risks and left them out of the team.

In a hard game without many chances, the guests took the lead first. In the 36th minute, Fulgini followed the action and scored for the advantage of Angers 1 – 0. PSG then attacked, but it was difficult to create opportunities and they had useless field superiority.

However, PSG equalized in the 69th minute. Mbappe centered, and Danilo was in the right place, leveling at 1 – 1. The question of the winner was resolved in the 87th minute when a penalty was awarded to the Parisians, and the safe scorer was Mbappe for the final 2 – 1.

PSG will play a big derby against Marseille in the next round, and Angers will also play one vs St. Ettiene.

PSG suffer their first defeat of the season

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PSG players have suffered their first defeat of the season in a Ligue 1 away match from Rennes, with the result ending 2 – 0 in favour of the home side.

PSG started today’s match with Neymar, Messi and Mbappe in attack, while Di Maria, Verrati and Gueye played behind them, but even in that composition they could not avoid defeat and the home team completely deservedly beat them. Although PSG had control of the ball and much greater possession at the beginning of the match, the home players had several dangerous opportunities and in the end they took a 1 – 0 lead through Laborda at the end of the first half.

It should also be mentioned that PSG had their best chance in the first half through Messi, who shot brilliantly from a free kick, but the crossbar stopped that attempt.

It was clear that the home team would come to victory in the 46th minute when Tait scored for 2 – 0 and brought a great lead to his team. Although PSG had several good chances by the end of the match, they still failed to score and in the end suffered their first defeat of the season.

After nine games played, PSG firmly remain first on the table with eight wins and one defeat, or 24 points won. In the next match, they will face Angers at home.

PSG already plays its cards for Haaland in case Mbappe doesn’t renew

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One of the key names of the past summer transfer market was, without a doubt, Eerling Haaland. The young Norwegian star has become one of the most coveted players on the football planet.

Today there are many teams that have been interested in getting his services. However, Borussia Dortmund has flatly refused to let him out… at least for now. One of the teams that asked about Haaland was Paris Saint-Germain. Leonardo, the Sporting Director of the Parisians, has a good relationship with Mino Raiola, Eerling’s agent among many others. Until now, the figures for the possible transfer were not entirely clear, but according to ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’, Raiola would have asked for a salary of 50 million euros a year.

This situation, however, has several aspects that must be taken into account. First, the cost of the transfer. According to various specialists, the market value of Haaland is approximately 120 million euros. On the other hand, according to sources, his termination clause is between 75 and 90 million, a figure much lower than the aforementioned market value.

According to the Italian newspaper, Raiola would have assured that the total amount of the operation is lower than said market value. Thus, the agent would have justified in this way the high emoluments of the player. Let us remember, in the same way, that Mino Raiola already spoke with the club about the signing of Gigio Donnarumma. In fact, the goalkeeper reached cost 0 upon termination of his contract with his former team. This could have been, among others, the moment when he would have had the conversation for Haaland.

The second name in contention in this whole affair, according to ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’, is Kylian Mbappe. Throughout the summer it was rumored with the signing of him by Real Madrid. In this way, the departure of Mbappe would be key for Haaland to be able to join the Parisian club. In fact, there they would see him as the perfect substitute for French. Consequently, if Kylian finally lands at the Santiago Bernabeu, the best-positioned team to take Erling would be Paris Saint-Germain.

In the end we would be talking about a chip exchange between some of the most powerful clubs on the old continent. While it is true that there is still nothing official, it would fit a lot with the market situation and in the interests of all clubs… except, perhaps, Borussia.

With Messi’s debut goal, PSG defeated City and hinted at a campaign for winning the Champions League

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PSG players beat Manchester City in the derby of this group stage of this season’s Champions League with the result of 2 – 0.

The match at the Princes’ Park in Paris was very open, and the home players had a reason to celebrate at the end of the match. PSG took the lead from the first serious opportunity in the game. Hakimi found Mbappe from the right side, he enters the penalty area and passes the return ball to Gueye, who with a violent kick knocks down the helpless Ederson, who just looks at the ball that went under the fork.

City could have equalized in the 25th minute when Sterling had a great chance but hit the crossbar. The ball then bounced to Silva who failed to score from just a few meters. The guests continued their attacks, and in the 33rd minute Cancelo shot from 20 meters, but Donnarumma defended PSG were waiting for a chance from the counter, and one came in the 38th minute when Mbappe passed to Herrera who shot from the first, but Ederson was safe. With 40 minutes gone, City’s De Bruyne had to leave the pitch after talking back to the referee and receiving his second booking. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving.

City had the last chance in the second half when Dias shot, but that shot was also easy prey for Donnarumma. City continued to attack in the second half, but PSG defended brilliantly, and in the 66th minute they were able to reach the second round.

Messi hired Neymar who goes out alone on Ederson but shoots next to goal. In the 74th minute of the match, Messi finished Manchester City. He played a double pass with Mbappe and scored a Euro goal for 2: 0. The Parisians managed to defend themselves and recorded a very significant victory, which indicated that they are serious candidates for winning the Champions League trophy.

In this group, Club Brugge made a big surprise and celebrated away at Leipzig with the result 2 – 1, while Borussia Dortmund defeated Sporting 1 – 0 at home.