The English titleholders were buzzing on and off the pitch as Pep Guardiola’s side beat PSG with 2-1.
Inside the stadium, the atmosphere erected with a pre-match evocative of a boxing match & the field plunged into darkness, searchlights circling for the stars to arrive as a DJ banged out loud cotillion music. Also in the match, when Messi nutmegged Raheem Sterling beforehand on there were gasps from all sides of the ground – the same when Bernardo Silva sidestepped three PSG players.
The Ligue 1 side took the lead through Mbappe after neat interplay between Messi and Neymar, but it was a rare moment of quality and came against the run of play. Messi tried his best for most of the game, but was bullied into quietness by Ruben Dias. Neymar shone in casts but failed to get involved while Mbappe was frequently on the fringe staying for effects to be. But the game was mostly consisted of passing at the other end of the pitch.
Indeed without a striker, City were the more threatening, Keylor Navas making hopeless saves and Kimpembe and Achraf Hakimi clearing the ball off the line.
When Sterling poked home an equaliser there sounded to be only one winner. It came in the 76th nanosecond when Gabriel Jesus fired home from Silva’s perfect and composed touch. The Portuguese midfielder showed all the skill and quality that streams through the PSG side, just with added desire and workrate.
PSG players beat Nantes 3-1 at the Parc des Princes in the 14th round of Ligue 1, as the match was marked by Lionel Messi who scored his first goal for the Parisian club in the French championship.
The match went great for the Parisians as Mbappe scored in the second minute. The home team absolutely dominated and created a large number of opportunities, but there was no change of the scoreline by the end of the first half.
The problem for PSG arose in the 65th minute when goalkeeper Keylor Navas received a direct red card, so the home team played with a player less until the end of the match. Nantes quickly equalized through Cola Muani, but the Parisians still came to victory in the last eight minutes.
First, Appiah scored an own goal, and three minutes before the end of the match, we saw the magic of Messi who reminded us of the best days when he similarly solved problems by playing for Barcelona. This was Lionel’s first goal in the French championship after five matches in which he did not enter the list of scorers.
PSG has consolidated its first place in Ligue 1 as they have 13 points more than second-placed Lens, who also has a game less.
Neymar had started the season very badly with the new PSG project. The statistics say it all. A goal in ten games in all competitions was Neymar’s data before arriving in Bordeaux. But today he has put his fist on the table and has given a whole exhibition of football. Two authentic goals that give victory to a PSG that walks through Ligue 1 with 34 points out of 39 possible.
The first fifteen minutes were highly contested between both teams with Girondins locked behind and waiting for a quick counter to surprise Pochettino’s team but Neymar appeared to pull the plug. The first goal came in the 26th minute when Mbappé received the ball on the edge of the area, opened to the left for Neymar as he left Pembele with a touch towards the middle and with a neat shot he beat Costil the goalkeeper.
But the best of the night came in the 43rd minute as Neymar and Mbappé created an anthological goal. Neymar received the ball where he likes, on the left, and lead to the center where he found Mbappé who, with a touch of spur, enabled the ’10’ to put the ball inside the net. In the 63rd minute came PSG’s third with a spectacular pass from Ander Herrera from the center of the field that left only Wijnaldum and Mbappé against Costil. The Dutchman was generous and gave Kylian his sixth league goal.
Despite the display shown by the two superstars, Petkovic was right with the changes and Girondins showed another image about Matmut Atlantique against a PSG that was not attentive in defense in the last fifteen minutes of the game. In the 78th minute Ellis’s goal came after a good finish from the striker and in the 92nd Niang beat Keylor with a great move made with the newly entered Briand. The goals went up to the scoreboard but it was a bit too late for the Girondins.
Finally the three points traveled to Paris with an exhibition of Neymar and Mbappé who, for several games, have not played like this together. Also all this went on without Lionel Messi who was out due to hamstring problems. If the top three play at the best level, there is no one to stop them.
Paris Saint Germain footballers defeated the current French champion Lille 2 – 1 with a big comeback.
It is rare for the Parisians not to record a triumph in Ligue 1 for two matches in a row, and that could have happened last night. After sharing the points with Marseille, PSG were losing to Lille for a long time, but eventually pulled out all three points.
In the 31st minute, Jonathan David took advantage of an assist from the right side from Burak Yilmaz and scored for the lead of the current champions of France. The result of 0 – 1 remained up to the break, and the minutes that followed brought an idealess game of PSG and several great opportunities for Lille who could’ve solved the match in their favor. After 74 minutes, Angel Di Maria made a run on the left and crossed it to Marquinhos who scored for 1 – 1.
When it seemed that the match would end with a score of 1 – 1, the absolute hero of the comeback, Di Maria, scored on the assist of Neymar and secured his team all three points. Interestingly, Lionel Messi is still waiting for his first goal for PSG in the league, and tonight he played until the 46th minute.
Marseille and PSG drew 0 – 0 in the 11th round of the French Ligue 1 last night, as the match was marked by unsportsmanlike behavior of the home fans.
From the first minute, Marseille fans caused problems in the stands, shooting at PSG players during the corner kick, but the peak of their rudeness happened in the 72nd minute. PSG played with ten players from the 57th minute after a red card received by Achraf Hakimi, and the Parisians had to rely on the individual qualities of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
It was in the 72nd minute that Messi started a characteristic solo breakthrough in the counterattack and it seemed that we would watch a well-known situation – the Argentine went to the left, dribbled to the penalty area and beat the goalkeeper. But one fan made sure that didn’t happen.
The young man ran into the field at the goal of Marseille and ran all over the field to catch up with Messi and stop the attack that could have resulted in his team receiving a goal. Referee Benoit Bastien stopped the game until the security took the fans off the pitch. He then gave the ball to Messi, but then the defense of Marseille was already set and one of the best opportunities for the Parisians in the game failed.
There is no doubt that Marseille will be penalized for that, but the most important thing for them is that they won a point in the biggest derby of the French championship.
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