Messi celebrates coming home despite small Paris – Debrief and player NOTES (PSG 2-0 SCO) – football
On day 18 of Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain won against Angers (2-0) on Wednesday. Success without means.
The Parisians gave the important thing against Angers.
When the leader receives the last, the audience can usually wait for the demonstration. Admittedly, Paris Saint-Germain beat Angers (2-0). But the show doesn’t exist.
Starting with caution, the Ile-de-France club quickly found fault. From their first chance, the Parisians opened the scoring through Ekitike (1-0, 5)!
There was no special welcome for Messi
This goal early in the game isn’t necessarily good news for the show. PSG, despite the presence of Neymar and Messi not whistling or being more cheered up than usual after returning from the World Cup, have not been particularly upbeat.
Angers took the opportunity to string together several possession sequences, or countered thanks to Sima’s pace up front, without being dangerous. It was Christophe Galtier’s men who beat goalkeeper Bernardoni, jumped on Ramos’ head and shot Messi! Not enough to pack up the Park on break.
Disappointing and whistling PSG!
We therefore expect a reaction from PSG after returning from the locker room. Instead, it was the red lanterns that dominated the start of this second half. Clumsy, Sima even failed to equalize with a half volley in the stands! What annoyed some fans who did not hesitate to whistle their team was unable to put intensity into their three centre-back system.
However, the hosts were still able to make a breakthrough thanks to Messi (2-0, 72), whose goal was initially denied for offside by VAR. In contrast to Neymar who shot Bernardoni. However, PSG offered themselves great success as the current Ligue 1 leaders lead 6 points over Lens, and become winter champions.
Match score: 3/10
Facing the latter in Ligue 1, we expected a much more creative PSG. The Parisians never displayed the intensity expected and therefore didn’t pack the game. We even heard Park whistle. It means.
– After making a touch on the right, Messi overcame Mukiele who crossed at the near post in the Ekitike race. The Paris striker got in front of defender Hountondji and tricked goalkeeper Bernardoni with perfectly crossed flat feet (1-0, 5).
– In a fine collective move, Messi found Ekitike spinning on his axis. The PSG centre-forward swerved down the right for Mukiele who played a small ball deep for the Argentinian. The world champion controlled left footed and a flat right footed cross to match Bernardoni (2-0, 72).
Maxifoot has given each player a score (out of 10) of comments.
Man of the Match: Lionel Messi (7.5/10)
For his return after his crowning in the 2022 World Cup, the PSG playmaker did not return his best copy. His missed bait doesn’t go unnoticed. But he was decisive nonetheless by getting involved in Ekitike’s goal, then by scoring himself in the second half. His little spoon for Neymar deserved the decisive pass but the Brazilian was slightly offside.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (5): very few asked, the PSG keeper spent a quiet evening. We’ll just remember his little misunderstanding with Bernat during an outing that wasn’t necessarily necessary.
Sergio Ramos (5.5): annoyed at his team’s inability to produce a game, the Spaniard tried to run down the line and speed things up in the first half, not always succeeding. He was hampered by Sima’s pace from deep and missed a dangerous ball that was badly negotiated by Abdelli.
Marquinhos (6): also bothered by Sima’s athletic qualities, the Paris captain limited his damage. Despite his slight inaccuracy in the re-launch, he probably avoided leveling by returning Abdelli’s shot.
Danilo Pereira (6.5): lined up as the third centre-back, the Portuguese is as solid as ever. He didn’t take excessive risks, never panicking under pressure.
Nordi Mukiele (7): sometimes shaken by a Doumbia overflow, then by a Boufal overflow after he starts playing, the right piston takes the shock. Better yet, he decided with two offerings for Ekitike and Messi. However, it wasn’t easy as she was sometimes lonely by his side.
Fabin Ruiz (3): the Spanish environment is a real conundrum. Too cautious and sometimes too neutral in his game, he didn’t contribute much in midfield. To believe that the summer rookie hasn’t adapted yet… or not at his level? Replace the 79th with Warren Zare-Emery (no).
Vitinha (6): available and always looking for solutions going forward, the Portuguese was one of the few players to try to liven things up in the first half. But he lost track after coming back from the locker room and spent more time chasing the ball. Replace 86th with El Chadaille Bitshiabu (no no)who should have received a penalty for a foul on Thioub at the end of the match.
Juan Bernat (5): alone in the left lane, the Spaniard regrets the absence of Kylian Mbapp. He was forced to replay most of his backballs. He is a very good center writer for Ekitike and a big boon for Sima. Also note his minor misunderstanding with goalkeeper Donnarumma, without consequences.
Lionel Messi (7.5): see comments above.
Neymar (4.5): it’s hard to talk about a lack of involvement. After all, the Brazilian wasn’t in it. We’ve rarely seen so much waste in his game, even when he tried to trade with Messi. The few successful outsides of her legs weren’t enough to forget the rest. His volley from the left into the top corner might have saved his game, but he was slightly offside.
Hugo Ekitike (6.5): the most skeptical would still blame him for his lack of connection with his team-mates, and especially with Neymar and Messi. It is true that there is a lack of automatism between them. He still ended up with a goal and the penultimate pass on Messi’s pass. We feel like she’s getting more determined and confident. Promising. Replace the 79th with Carlos Soler (no).
Paul Bernardoni (7): it’s not a great PSG, but without an inspiring goalkeeper, Angers will leave with a suitcase! The SCO goalkeeper managed to pull off some impressive parries to Ramos’ headers from close range or to Messi and Ekitike’s efforts.
Abdoulaye Bamba (4): no doubt pleased in Kylian Mbapp’s absence, the right flank still plagued by Bernat’s overflowing, sometimes alone to match his cross.
Cdric Hountondji (4.5): behind first goalscorer Ekitike, the centre-back recovered well afterwards. He is more aggressive, the image of his authoritarian intervention at Messi’s feet.
Miha Blazic (6): if the Parisians don’t always manage to find themselves in the pivot, it’s also because of Slovenia’s reading of the game. He was able to intercept several changes between the Paris strikers.
Souleyman Doumbia (6): missed Ekitike’s goal, the left still produced a good performance. He’s been outstanding in some ball games and his crosses deserve more attention in the Paris area.
Batista Mendy (3): often late for duels, the defensive midfielder must make mistakes. Too soft on Messi in the first goal action. Replace 80th with Waniss Tabi (no no).
Pierrick Capelle (6): exemplary in mindset, the versatile midfielder does not flinch under pressure from Paris. He displayed seriousness and application in everything he did. Replace 61st with Farid El Melali (no no).
Nabil Bentaleb (7.5): Unbothered by the ball, the midfielder is impressed technically! He was able to escape pressure easily to steer play, in fact we saw him recover the ball higher in the second half. Demonstration.
Adrien Hunou (3): too indecisive on the ball, the former Rennais has doubled the ball loss. He badly negotiated some promising moves for his team. Replace 62nd with Amina Salama (no no).
Himad Abdelli (6.5): his two-ball image offered by Sima, the Angevin winger is often a good shot for SCO. He still made the wrong decision by deciding to attack Marquinhos when his team-mate looked better. Replacing his 62nd wish with Sofiane Boufal (no no)active against Mukiele but not decisive.
Abdallah Sima (4): while his pace was a real problem for the Paris hinge, striker Angevin didn’t capitalize on it. He lacks accuracy on a technical and selection level. He probably regretted this great opportunity when he sent a half volley into the stands! Replace 80th with Sada Thioub (no no)who should get a penalty for the violation committed by Bitshiabu.
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PARIS SG 2-0 ANGERS (half time: 1-0) – FRANCE – Ligue 1 / day 18
Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris – Referee: Eric Wattellier, France
Target : H. Ekitike (5) L. Messi (72) for PARIS SG