After days of controversy and a brief absence from activities, Lionel Messi returned to the pitch for Paris Saint Germain in this Saturday. By the 35th round of Ligue 1PSG thrashed Ajaccio 5-0 at the Parc des Princes.
Under boos from some fans, the Argentine star went blank. Kyllian Mbappé scored twice, in addition to Fabián Ruiz, Achraf Hakimi and Youssouf (against) who scored. With the victory, PSG opened a six-point lead over second-placed Lens.
In this way, Paris Saint Germain can be French champions in the next round, if Lens wastes points against Lorient and PSG beats Auxerre, next Sunday.
Contrary to expectations, Ajaccio were the ones who had the first goal chances of the match. The visitors attacked twice on high plays, but Donnarumma defended. PSG opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, when Fabián Ruiz received a pass in the area, cleared the scoring and hit the goalkeeper with a trivela.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) May 13, 2023
The owners of the house expanded at 33 minutes. Messi threw it to Juan Bernat on the left and the Spanish full-back crossed in the area for Mbappé. The Frenchman finished off the mark, the goalkeeper rebounded and Hakimi took the opportunity to push the ball into the net.
On the way back from the break, after confusion in the Ajaccio area, Mbappé was left with the spare and scored PSG’s third goal. Then, in the ninth minute, Sergio Ramos made a launch for the attack, the defense tried to cut and Mbappé hit a beautiful first shot in the angle. With the two goals, the Frenchman became the top scorer of the French Championship.
In the final stretch of the game, Mohamed Youssouf scored against and extended Paris Saint Germain’s rout to 5 to 0. Afterwards, Messi suffered a hard foul in the attack and Hakimi became irritated with the Ajaccio defenders, which generated widespread confusion. The Moroccan winger was sent off and Ajaccio’s Thomas Mangani also received a red card.
🔚 Game over! A thrashing at the Parc des Princes is another important step towards the title! ✅
— Paris Saint Germain (@PSGbrasil) May 13, 2023
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