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Tops / Flops Benfica-PSG: Donnarumma saves Paris still feverish in defense


ANALYSIS – The decisive parades of Donnarumma, the nice goal of Messi, but also the wanderings of the Parisian defense: find the Tops and Flops of this match between Benfica and PSG (1-1).


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Donnarumma, the reference match?

Often criticized since the start of the season for his lack of concentration, Gianluigi Donnarumma has undoubtedly delivered one of his best matches under the colors of Paris.

At least in the Champions League.

If his kicking game remains perfectible, he was impeccable on his line by being decisive on several occasions on welcome parades, especially at the start of the game.

The Italian goalkeeper helped relieve a suffering team in their weak times.

Messi, a gem and a big game

The Argentinian was undoubtedly the best of PSG's three attacking players.

Impactful when he had the opportunity, Lionel Messi knew how to make individual differences in number, helping his team to exist offensively.

Above all, he opened the scoring with a marvelous curling strike in the 22nd minute.

Still sharp after the break, his exit, for visibly muscular discomfort, prevented Paris from finishing well.

Read alsoChampions League: Lionel Messi's jewel on video against Benfica

Rafa Silva, a real poison

The Benfica midfielder was at times elusive in midfield.

The Parisians thus encountered difficulties knowing how to take him in one against one and he was able to play as he pleased, distributing in particular two good balls in the first period.


Paris has not solved its defensive ills

Once again, PSG suffered in this Champions League match.

Especially in midfield and defense.

One wonders if the responsibility would not come from the three attackers who do not defend or little and leave their partners to be left to their own devices.

Because several times, on counterattacks, the defenders found themselves in one against one in borderline situations.

The Parisians were not aggressive enough at the start of the game before raising their voices after the break.

But they still remain as fragile on the slightest opponent's weak time.

Marquinhos captain adrift, Sergio Ramos overtaken

The matches follow one another and we definitely no longer find the Marquinhos so serene.

The captain of PSG has been hampered several times by the activity of Benfica attackers, in particular Gonçalo Ramos, and has never taken any risks in the recovery despite the quality of his foot.

Same observation for Sergio Ramos, uncomfortable in this position of right axial and regularly exceeded.

Where did Mbappé go?

This is the legitimate question that we can ask ourselves after this new non-match.

In recent weeks, the PSG striker has seriously lost its luster.

Borrowed in its technical relays and its controls, it tried fruitless accelerations which did not lead to much.

Only a superbly deflected curled strike (69th) lit up a worrying game given his standing.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-10-05

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