Pochettino’s team wins 3-1 thanks to a brace from Marquinhos and Di Maria
First French for Ramos, three assists for Messi, Donnarumma again the owner, but how much effort for PSG in Saint Etienne, where in the end Neymar got hurt, who left the field on a stretcher. In short, apart from the three points, not really a great day for the band of Pochettino, punished by Bouanga, before remedying, but at 11 against 10, with a brace from Marquinhos and a seal from Di Maria.
The game starts one way and totally changes course in the last few minutes. In favor of the PSG, despite everything. Pochettino’s team approaches the match without the look of its rank. Contrary to the Verts who do not give in to the temptation to lock themselves in the bunker, but also try to impose their game, consistently developing offensive maneuvers and always pressing to retrieve the ball. In short, an attitude that surprises the Parisian stars, always too inconsistent in advancing, systematically relying on the inspiration of singles who are certainly extraordinary, but who still have no ideas to share, in the 4-2-3-1 of the day, without Verratti, injured.
Messi goes in flashes, almost always looking for Di Maria. Neymar may move more vigorously, but he almost never manages to put Mbappé in interesting conditions. Behind, therefore, Marquinhos and rookie Ramos always remain under tension. From a postponement of Marquinhos, the advantage of the hosts arises, with Khazri who recovers, throws back into the right winger, cutting away the rearguard. The ball ends up on Kolodziejczak who commits Donnarumma. On the rejected, however, there is Bouanga who shoots into the net. Goal validated by the Var (23 ‘) who on 4’ had canceled one in Neymar, for offside.
confirm the concentration of Saint Etienne is also the goalkeeper Green decisive on Neymar (40 ‘) and then on Mbappé (41’) who loses the duel in front of the goal. But the Frenchman blows up all the plans of the Verts, going on the run and being shot down by Kolodziejczak. Make it last man. Unmistakable red. Saint Etienne in 10, indeed in 9, with Macon on the sidelines for treatment. And so comes the tie. Punishment of Messi, head of Marquinhos. And then the recovery is played in one direction with PSG all in the half of the Saint Etienne field forced to hope only for some counterattack. And then to rely on Green’s saves, who at 11 ‘closes again on Messi. Like Donnarumma on Bouanga (13 ‘), shooting also because the PSG does not press and is easily sucked into his area.
At 23 ‘it is Green again to save his team, slamming the door in the face of Neymar, pardoned by the rejected by Messi who puts aside. But the champion is forgiven at 38 ‘when from the edge he invents a soft left touch that frees Di Maria for doubling. And the six-time Ballon d’Or in the 46th minute from the back, from the left, serves Marquinhos, for the 3-1 final. In the end, however, there is little to celebrate, because Neymar had already gone out on a stretcher, injured his left ankle, bent abnormally trying to avoid Macon’s slipping. The Brazilian, desperate, came out in tears, covering his face with his hands. Scene already seen twice in the past, when he was then out for months.
November 28, 2021 (change November 28, 2021 | 15:31)
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Psg struggles with St-Etienne: Ramos makes his debut, Neymar gets hurt