Bordeaux 2 – 3 PSG

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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.

PSG 2 – 1 Lille

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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 0 – 0 PSG

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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.

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.