Lyon-PSG. Thanks to a thunderous start to the match and a goal from Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain came to seek another victory in Lyon and regained the lead in Ligue 1.
Thank you all for following us for this live commentary which saw PSG dominate Lyon at Groupama Stadium. Ligue 1 will return in two weeks, after the international break. Paris will receive Nice on Saturday October 1, when OL will go to the North to challenge Lens the next day in the clash on Sunday evening.
After their narrow victory against Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain have regained their place at the top of Ligue 1. A leading position they now occupy alone since Marseille did not manage to beat Rennes earlier in the day (1- 1). The Parisians are now two points ahead of the Marseille rival and three over the surprise Lorient.
All it took was a flash, an exchange as quick as it was brilliant, executed to perfection with Neymar, for Messi to find the fault and allow Paris Saint-Germain to win in Lyon. We had only been playing for 5 minutes when the Argentinian broke the Lyon lock with a shot applied from the left close to the post. The beginning of a new Parisian demonstration? No, for once the French champion was unable to take shelter despite the tremendous pressure he imposed during the first 20 minutes, locking the locals in their last 30 meters and wiping out the waves. Messi was also close to the double but his shot was blocked this time before Fabian Ruiz’s shot was deflected for a corner.
Then the storm passed and Lyon raised his head in the wake of his captain. First in recovery, Lacazette tried to lead the way in attitude and gestures as requested by Peter Bosz at a press conference. It was he who got Lyon’s best chance to equalise. On a delicious reversal of Tolisso, the former Arsenal did not press his head enough at the far post and saw it graze the amount of Donnarumma. In the process, Toko Ekambi signaled himself with a shot from the left stopped in two stages by the Italian goalkeeper. OL didn’t know it but had missed their chance.
After an intense and rhythmic first act, the two teams gave up and PSG took control without however managing to take shelter. The Paris of September is no longer that of August, the one that crushed its adversaries. At the start of the second half, Messi did not press enough his shot from the left and saw Lopes take it out with a nice dive on his right. The Portuguese goalkeeper was going to multiply the exploits to avoid a bigger disappointment for his people. Neymar failed in his duel by showing smugness at close range. Then in added time, Lopes fended off a free kick perfectly brushed into the top corner by Messi with his right hand. Unnecessary stops since the Lyonnais failed to worry Donnarumma and therefore to equalize. This third setback in a row plunges OL into a first crisis as the international break begins. For its part, Paris Saint-Germain confirms that even less in verve has the talent and the sufficient character to impose itself everywhere. With this new success, he takes control of Ligue 1, but relieved of Marseille, held in check by Rennes (1-1), and can see the future serenely.
“There was a lot of intensity. We had to stay compact. We achieved some interesting things but without managing to conclude”regretted Tagliafico, referring to the wasted opportunities of Lacazette or Toko Ekambi, in particular.
“I’m happy with the result but not with the performance. We could have had a better game and we have to keep improving. We should have controlled the game better, especially in the second half. We had the ball a lot but few chances We won and that’s the most important thing.”said a lucid Vitinha on the overall performance of a Paris Saint-Germain who did not know how to take shelter but provided the essentials.
With their success in Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain are undefeated for 20 matches in all competitions. The French champions have not lost since their trip to Monaco last March (0-3).
Led by Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain brought back a precious victory from Lyon (1-0). Scorer after only 5 minutes of play after a remarkable exchange of technical fluidity with Neymar, the Argentinian scored the only goal of an intense meeting where PSG failed to take shelter, butting on an inspired Lopes and an inspired Thiago Mendes. Nothing prohibitive for the champion of France who recovers the head of Ligue 1. For their part, the Lyonnais sinned in their last gesture like a good Lacazette and chained a third loss in a row.
On the left side, Mbappé struggles to make the difference alone in one against one but has no success against the good Lyon defense.
Donnarumma saves time by delaying his throw-in. The Italian goalkeeper is warned and will be suspended for the next Ligue 1 match.
At the entrance to the surface at 18 meters, Messi rolls his ball wonderfully over the wall. As he heads for the top corner, Lopes relaxes and pulls off a magnificent save with his right hand. In the process, Ramos scores but an offside is signaled.
There will be four minutes of additional time in this match between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain.
Under pressure, the Parisian defenders brought out the ball with perfect technical mastery and got rid of the Lyon pressure. The ball reaches Mbappé on the left side. The former Monegasque temporizes and hands over to Soler in the middle. PSG seeks to disgust and exhaust its opponent in these last moments.
Peter Bosz makes his very last change of the evening by recalling Toko Ekambi to the bench to launch Barcola. There are 3 minutes left for the Lyonnais to equalise.
5 minutes from the end of regulation time, Neymar is replaced by Christophe Galtier who offers a handful of minutes to Carlos Soler.
Lyon obtains an interesting corner on the left. It is played short but Cherki is trapped by the rise of the Parisian defense and is caught offside.
Near the central circle, Lepenant rakes the ball and gives Lacazette to lead the counter. The Lyon captain goes up the Parisian half of the field before serving on the right in the Dembélé area who made the call. The attacker wants to resume immediately but if he unscrews his shot from the right.
On a cross from the right, Dembélé comes to cut at the near post with a header. Behind him, Marquinhos deviates and concedes the corner.
New Parisian wave, this time with Neymar as the last actor. Shifted to the left in the area, the Brazilian opted for a powerful strike from the left but saw Thiago Mendes throw himself and counter with a tackle. The defender is particularly inspired tonight.
In the area, Messi inherits the ball with time to arm. The Argentinian opens his left foot and aims for the left post but his shot lacks power and Lopes makes a superb save with the right hand.
Mbappé hits from the left side and plays alone. The international tries to overtake Thiago Mendes in speed but the Lyon defender is perfectly placed and stops him with authority.
On the right, Gusto is served with a clever heel from Cherki and can center hard at the near post. Donnarumma deflects from the ground hand. The ball bounces off Mukiele’s head and stays in the air. Dembélé puts his head but his attempt is repelled by Marquinhos.
Fifteen minutes from the end of regulation time, Peter Bosz made two new changes with the exits of Caqueret and Tetê for the entries of Reine-Adélaïde and Cherki.
At the near post, Caqueret pushes away Neymar’s badly shot corner. Lyon can give themselves some air.
Nuno Mendes arises to intercept and gives Mbappé near the surface. The Portuguese side extends his effort and the French international puts him back on the left. The side crosses low to the ground at the first post for Neymar whose recovery lacks commitment and Lopes makes the stop.