PSG: the notes of the match

At the end of the eighth day of Ligue 1, Olympique Lyonnais welcomed Paris Saint-Germain this Sunday at 8:45 p.m. At Groupama Stadium, Peter Bosz’s men presented themselves in a 4-4-2 with Dembélé and Lacazette at the forefront. Opposite, Christophe Galtier opted for his traditional 3-4-2-1 where Ruiz accompanied, for the first time, Verratti in the midfield. Carried by their inevitable trio Messi-Neymar-Mbappé, the Parisians hoped to impose themselves to regain first place, occupied by OM at kick-off. Defeated in Lorient then Monaco, OL wanted to raise their heads. A meeting which started however in the worst way for the Gones. Too wait-and-see on Messi’s first real breakthrough, the Rhone club gave in to the Argentinian, perfectly found by Neymar (0-1, 6th). Outrageously dominating in the first moments, PSG multiplied the strikes (10th, 13th, 15th). Without success. Stunned, the Lyonnais nevertheless managed to react, taking advantage in particular of the defensive fragility of PSG. From a magnificent cross, Tolisso found Lacazette but the latter finally saw his header fail just wide (21st). In the process, it was Dembélé who put Donnarumma to work but the strike from the Lyon winger did not worry the Italian goalkeeper (22nd).

More fragile, the capital club struggled to confirm its excellent start and Lacazette once again distinguished itself without deceiving the vigilance of the last Parisian rampart (30th). Finally, the rhythm of this clash fell somewhat and PSG returned to the break with a slight lead. On returning from the locker room, the Rouge et Bleu accelerated from the start and Messi was very close to making the break but Lukeba saved on his line (46th). A frank situation before seeing this confrontation fall in intensity. Sharper, OL pushed to equalize, without worrying the visitors. It was finally necessary to wait for the dawn of the last quarter of an hour to see a new big opportunity but Neymar, served by Mendes, stumbled on Lopes (72nd). A few moments later, it was Marquinhos who sacrificed himself to save his family (76th). Despite the pressure from Lyon in the last moments, the score did not move (1-0). PSG, undefeated in their last 17 matches in Ligue 1, continue their recital and regain the lead in the championship. OL are sixth.

Man of the match: Messi (7): scorer on the first opportunity for the Parisians (5th), the Argentinian did not take long to stand out on the lawn of Groupama Stadium. A true master of Ile-de-France residents, the Pulga did not hesitate to drop out on numerous occasions to try to create the actions of their own. On the verge of scoring a double as soon as the second period resumes.

Olympique Lyonnais

  • Lops (6.5): despite a goal conceded where he really can’t do much, the OL goalkeeper was decisive and saved OL from sinking. A total of 6 decisive stops, including a huge firm hand on Messi’s free kick, preventing the Argentinian from affording a double. A performance hailed by Christophe Galtier at the end of the match.

  • Gusto (4): after a very complicated start to the match, OL’s right-back recovered a little more in his match. If he was absent on the offensive level, he was effective defensively after the break, with in particular two important interventions.

  • Mendes (6): a decisive save in front of Messi’s shot to avoid the double (10th). Another great intervention in front of Mbappé (23rd), then another decisive tackle in front of the Frenchman (69th). Before securing the blow at the end of the match in front of Mbappé again, then Neymar (75, 79th). Criticized since the start of the season and laborious against Lorient and Monaco, the midfielder converted central defender achieved an almost faultless performance and disgusted Mbappé.

  • Lukeba (5): he made a superb decisive stop on the line (46th). Despite a sometimes uncertain defensive placement, like that of the entire Lyon defense on the first goal, the young defender held his place and in particular on set pieces, which he lacked in recent matches.

  • Tagliafico (3): Faced with Hakimi, Messi and sometimes Neymar, the Argentinian was heavily jostled on his left side. Despite a good solidity in the duels, his lack of speed failed him and he seemed really in physical difficulty at the end of the meeting.

  • Tolisso (4): a very good deep ball towards Lacazette (21st) and a technical quality that did good, without managing to rebalance the Lyon environment. Replaced at half-time by Lepenant (5) which brought a lot of good after the break by managing to bring OL’s block back up and suffer less from the opposing onslaught. The Lyon rookie confirms that she is unstoppable. Even with competition from a World Champion.

  • Caqueret (5): a complicated first period for the Lyon midfielder, who was put in enormous difficulty defensively by the Parisian dry cleaners (8 balls lost in the first period). Especially on the first Parisian goal, where he seemed not to understand his positioning. In the second period, he was fairer thanks to the entry of Lepenant who relieved him a lot. A very good return in front of Neymar to report (56th). Replaced by Reine-Adelaide (76th)author of a still difficult entry.

  • Head (3): Defensive returns which relieved a Gusto in great difficulty against the Parisian attack. But apart from that, we have seen very little of the Brazilian, yet author of a remarkable start to the season as Lyon’s top scorer. Offensive choices that are not often correct and only an attempted shot that came to nothing. Replaced by Cherki (76th)which could not tell the difference.

  • Toko Ekambi (3): He brought his technique to Lyon’s counter-attacks, but his three attempts in the first period lacked accuracy. Afterwards, it was really complicated for him and he couldn’t create chances. Replaced, under the whistles of his public, by Barcola (87th).

  • Lacazette (5.5): an excellent pivot game which allowed Toko Ekambi to create chances and a nice solitary rush which sent Sergio Ramos to bed (29th). On the other hand, he missed the best scoring opportunity, alone in front of Donnarumma (21st), who could have changed everything for OL. After the break, he seemed exhausted after the first period. He may have regrets.

  • Dembele (4): lined up for the first time in a 4-4-2 with Lacazette in the lead, the Lyon striker logically lacked automation at the start of the match. When Lyon were better, they didn’t really manage to be dangerous and sometimes didn’t make the right choices. Only one shot attempted, completely missed.

Paris Saint Germain

  • Donnarumma (5): the first thrill of his meeting came from a badly negotiated header by Alexandre Lacazette (22nd), followed by a strike from Karl Toko Ekambi (22nd). Despite the few attempts by OL players, the Italian was however not as much in danger as it seems. Still very little serene in his kicking game, he will have known more complicated evenings.

  • Danilo (6.5): replacing Presnel Kimpembe, injured, the midfielder converted to defender has acted very well in the interim. Covering the untimely rises of Nuno Mendes, he also closed the door to Lyon’s offensive desires, chasing opposing players high. Repositioned in a more natural role as a result of the entry into Nordi Mukiele, the former Porto player managed a good overall performance, as often rarely disappointing.

  • Marquinhos (6): unusual statistic: the Parisian captain had no duel to play during the first 45 minutes of the match. Clean in everything he undertook this evening (99% successful passes, 2 lost balls out of 88 played), the Brazilian had a reassuring evening, the antithesis of what he had recently been able to demonstrate.

  • Ramos (4): often taken by the speed of Karl Toko Ekambi behind his back, the very experienced Iberian defender however weighed by his offensive contribution. Reassuring with the ball at his feet, the former Madrid player was also dominant in the duels he had to face (7 out of 9 won). At the very end of the match, he saw his goal disallowed for a wide offside position, following a magnificent save from Anthony Lopes.

  • Mendes (6): very active on his left side, the young Portuguese gave a hard time to Malo Gusto, his opponent. Multiplying the climbs, the former Sporting was able to count on the good defensive cover of his compatriot to occupy a very advanced position on the ground. By a possible lack of lucidity, he also lost many duels.

  • Ruiz (5): for his first start with Paris Saint-Germain, the Spaniard could have scored a first goal in the tenth minute of play, but Tagliafico decided otherwise. Occupying a more advanced position than his midfield doublet, he however made a rather neutral first performance. Replaced by Vitinha (57th).

  • Verratti (6): Always as valuable in the construction of the game, Petit Hibou has, once again, displayed its qualities of passing and keeping the ball. As usual, the Italian however received a warning (39th) for a foul on Malo Gusto. Touched on the hour mark, Marco Verratti still delivered a quality performance. Touching 100 balls in the space of 60 minutes, the Parisian number 6 has however lost only 5 of them. Replaced by Nordi Mukiele (63rd).

  • Hakimi (5.5): often positioned at the same height as his attackers, the Moroccan has moved a lot in the heart of the game, not hesitating either to project himself into the Lyon area. Less affected than his counterpart on the left, he too has multiplied the races, despite the omissions of which he has been the victim, in particular on the part of Kylian Mbappé.

  • Messi (7): see above

  • Mbappe (3.5): at the initiative of the occasion of the opener (5th), the French international never ceased to navigate the width of the field. Author of numerous technical errors, the Parisian tried to use his speed to overflow the Lyon defensive line, too often in vain. Author of many bad choices, he certainly made one of his worst games since the start of the season.

  • Neymar (7): the small teasing of the Lyon players in the first seconds will have had the merit of irritating the Brazilian, decisive passer from the 5th minute of play. Provocative thanks to his game and precious for his quality of passing, the Brazilian was also the offensive player make the most defensive runs. He could even have afforded the goal of the break if he had not been so sure of deceiving Anthony Lopes, ultimately decisive (71st). Replaced by Carlos Soler (86th).