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PSG-Nice (2-1): Messi and Mbappé save Paris


Without spring and long held in check by volunteers from Nice, the Parisian club did not owe its salvation, this Saturday evening, at the Parc des Princes,

Talent is therefore also recognized by this.

To this ability to give a smile to a whole stadium with a simple stroke of the paw.

In this inimitable way of using your feet like a magic wand to change the course of a badly embarked evening.

We knew Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé endowed with these superpowers.

But as if to write their legend a little more, the Argentinian and the 2018 world champion have given it a layer.

Each in their own way, they gave the fever of Saturday evening to Nice people who could not imagine leaving the Parc des Princes empty-handed.

Boredom to start

In an almost painful first period as it was familiar with boredom, the brilliant Argentinian proved to be the only ambiancer capable of giving a little life to a Parisian formation without spring or inspiration.

The only two shots on target of his team are also to his credit.

If the second was taken out of the fingertips by Schmeichel, the first, she had the good idea to hit the mark.

His superb free kick – his first converted with Paris, his 60th career – left no chance for Kasper Schmeichel who, last week alone had disgusted Kylian Mbappé and the attack of the France team.

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The Danish goalkeeper will not have repeated the blow a second time in a row.

Replacing for the first time since December 4, 2021 and the trip to Lens (1-1), Kylian Mbappé entered the hour mark to play the spell rectifiers.

A kick, right, following a cross from Mukiele indeed allowed the crack of Bondy to save the furniture, the face and the evening of Paris on his only opportunity of the match.

By scoring his 182nd goal in the Parisian jersey, the eighth this season in Ligue 1, Mbappé above all allowed PSG to maintain their two-point lead over Marseille at the top of Ligue 1.

Not enough, however, to evacuate the doubts that must have arisen in the mind of Christophe Galtier.

Necessary at the heart of this fall which will see Paris chain 11 matches over the next 43 days, the rotation revealed that it was not only good.

Not yet.

Not like this.

If it made it possible to rest the legs of some, to fill the holes left by others, it also underlined the gap in condition, experience, benchmarks and level between the frames and their linings.

Ekitike, a disappointing first

Invited to start in the right axis of the rearguard, Nordi Mukiele did not deserve in the first period, offered the winning goal to Mbappé.

But he paid cash for his first mistake by being lobbed by a center from Atal that Laborde will transform behind his back (47th).

Called to replace Verratti, suspended and still in the recovery phase, alongside Vitinha, the Spaniard Fabiàn Ruiz for his part was still too shy and erased to have any influence on the game.

As for Hugo Ekitike, whom the 66 short minutes offered since his arrival made him stamp with impatience, he also had a disappointing first tenure.

Swift, he swept the front of the attack without complaining.

But too much to do well, he was never found by ball providers admittedly very discreet.

It's up to Galtier to find the solutions by Wednesday and the trip to Benfica for the third day of the Champions League.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2022-10-01

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