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PSG-Reims (1-1): Paris sinks into doubt


After a poor performance, the defending champion, reduced to ten after the expulsion of Marco Verratti, logically conceded a draw in the

The only good news of the evening is perhaps there.

In the fact that they didn't kill the suspense, that the championship is not dead.

That by imitating Lens and OM who had missed the boat since respectively unable to snatch more than one point from Troyes and Monaco, Paris did not spoil the end of the film, the end of the season.

For an alien foreign to the football planet, this Sunday evening, when reading the rankings, PSG could appear imperturbable, the dominant master of a French Championship at the top of which it sits as sovereign, as may lead one to believe. its three and five lengths ahead of the most serious competition.

The reality is less glorious, less pleasing too since after the sudden show which allowed PSG to warm up the Park during this 20th day, the enclosure and its public are entitled to a hell of a cold shower by being logically joined at the score by Rémois, at the end of additional time.

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Neymar's stroke of luck to save face and the evening against a Reims stadium which seemed to have to leave the capital as empty-handed as it was disappointed was not enough for Paris to hold their advantage until the final whistle.

Some have long thought that it was the prerogative of the greats to know how to grab the bet when it escapes them, a form of talent to get their hands on a loot that one does not deserve, even if it gives the impression of to have pilfered it like at the corner of a wood.

One shot in 45 minutes

For the reunion of the MNM, the first outing of the Mbappé - Neymar - Messi trio since the success against Auxerre on November 13, we had the right to expect better than this ode to casualness, this display of sufficiency and this string of cold sweats that made the pitch look like ice pack in the first period.

A single shot at the break on the Parisian side, a half-volley from Messi, sent into the clouds, that's what the Parisians offered to their public.

A shot in 45 minutes, the lowest total since 2018, while Balogun and his friends in Reims, 15th attack in Ligue 1, placed 7, forcing Donnarumma to watch the grain and save the furniture.

An abyssal, incomprehensible gap that only the entry of Marco Verratti, on returning from the locker room, will have a hair allowed to rebalance, the space of fourteen short minutes.

The time for the Italian to bring a little pep, to see Messi's counter shot benefit Neymar to open the scoring.

But as a harbinger of what was to follow, Little Owl's overly strong tackle on Ito sent him back to the locker room just ten minutes after coming on.

At 10, Paris has paradoxically regained color.

Not the net, unlike Balogun who, in the very last seconds of added time, offered Reims the deserved point of the draw.

And sent Paris into doubt when starting a series of 6 games in 16 days which suddenly appears more dangerous than attractive.

Source: leparis

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