O Paris Saint Germain overcame the absence of Neymar and Mbappé to beat Toulouse this Saturday, by 2 to 1. The team had goals from Messi and Hakimi to turn the match around and increase its advantage in the leadership of French Championship.
Now, PSG has 54 points conquered in the competition, eight ahead of Olympique de Marseille, in second place. However, the rivals enter the field this Sunday, against Nice, at 4:45 pm (Brasília time), and can shorten the distance.
The club had already warned in a statement that Neymar and Mbappé would be absent from this Saturday’s appointment. The first, with a discomfort in the adductor, was spared even in the last round, against Montpellier. The Frenchman injured his hamstring precisely in this game and should be sidelined for at least 15 days.
Despite the positive result, this Saturday’s duel brought another problem for coach Christophe Galtier: defensive midfielder Renato Sanches felt pain and had to be replaced in the first half. It should be noted that PSG are ahead of the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions Leagueagainst Bayernscheduled for the next 14th.
Paris Saint-Germain returns to the pitch next Wednesday, against Olympique de Marseille, but for the round of 16 of the French Cup. The team’s next match in Ligue 1 is against Monaco, on Saturday.
How was the game?
Even before the first big goal chance appears, PSG has already lost midfielder Renato Sanches, who adds to the injured list of the Parisian team. He was replaced by Bitshiabu, still in the 12th minute.
The home team only arrived in danger at 16′, when Vitinha activated Fabián Ruiz at the entrance to the area, which ended up hitting over the crossbar. Toulouse then opened the scoring with a beautiful free kick by Van den Boomen at 19′.
Paris came back to frighten in the 33rd minute. After Messi’s cross in a corner, Marquinhos touched his head and hit the post. Then, at 34′, Chaibi even extended the visitors’ advantage, but the referee caught an offside and annulled the goal.
At 37′, Hakimi tried to even the score. The winger charged from the right to the middle and left-handed shot into the corner of goalkeeper Dupé, who stretched out but was unable to reach.
The player himself almost turned the match at the beginning of the second half, at nine minutes. Messi found a good pass to Hakimi in the area, but the Moroccan arrived unbalanced and sent it out.
Messi, at 11′, took advantage of a good move by Hakimi and hit the first time, with category, to put the ball in the back of the net and reverse the score: 2 to 1. The Argentine almost scored his second at 23′, curiously with a header, but the ball was lost by the bottom line. There was still time for the world champion to hit the post, already in stoppage time.
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