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Ligue 1: Without idea, PSG stumbles on Nice


Paris Saint-Germain was held in check by the Gym this Wednesday evening (0-0) at the Parc des Princes, during the 16th day.

At the Parc des Princes

And that’s all. After a disappointing shock, PSG had to settle for a draw this Wednesday against Nice (0-0), during the 16th day of the French championship. The club of the capital, which celebrated its seven-time Golden Ball Lionel Messi and the winner of the Yachine trophy, Gianluigi Donnarumma, before the game, is 12 lengths ahead in the standings over its new runner-up, OM, who no ‘has only played 15 matches so far.

Sterile domination of the Parisian senators
An interesting start to the match for the Parisians, with many combinations on the right around Messi and some situations (5th, 8th). Benitez nevertheless had a quiet start to the meeting. Especially since the pace was not slow to drop. In mastery, PSG lacked intensity, impact, quite a bit. It is even Donnarumma who had to work to repel a vicious strike from Dolberg (9th), not to mention the saving tackle of Kimpembe on Delort (17th) and the magnificent center from outside the right of Lemina who did not find a taker (23rd), before an exceptional parade of said Donarumma on a Delort head at close range (33rd). Aiglons well organized and prickly facing the Parisians senators. Which Parisians approached Benitez’s goal only once, on a service from Messi for Mbappé. The latter stumbled over the porter on the Riviera, who got out of it in two stages. Powerless and imprecise, PSG accelerated a little in the last quarter of an hour. Enough to offer Hakimi the opportunity to show off his power on a recovery from the right that fled the frame, after a good action on the left (42nd). We stayed there (0-0 MT).

The Parisian pressure was finally accentuated on the return from the locker room, with two very hot situations in quick succession and Benitez who won in front of Di Maria and Nuno Mendes (52nd). Nice cornered, Nice attacked, but Nice which still made the Parc des Princes tremble. Reversal of Delort for Kluivert, the center of the Dutchman for the head of Dolberg alone one meter from the line… who found the post (59th)! Maximum success for Mauricio Pochettino’s players and their goalkeeper, Donnarumma, who saw the ball rolling to his gloves.

The Gym held on
62nd minute, the moment that the Argentine coach chose to launch Verratti, back from injury. The “little Owl” brought the technical touch that was lacking in the Parisian environment (Ebimbe, Danilo, Gueye at kick-off) and it was moreover he who was at the start of a luminous action, with Messi who found Mbappé in the surface. Number 7 “ate the leaf” (64th). The minutes kept ticking and Paris still couldn’t do it. Benitez was very happy to see Di Maria’s strike miss the frame (76th) and Marquinhos, a bit too short on a powerful cross from Mendes (79th). Paris was pushing, but lacked conviction and accuracy, with this strike from Messi above (83rd) or Mbappé who could not find Icardi (86th). Like the performance of the vice-champions of France, next to their subject Wednesday evening. Christophe Galtier and his players succeeded (0-0 final score). Next meeting for the two teams? Saturday (9 p.m.) in Lens for Paris Saint-Germain and Sunday (5 p.m.), at the Allianz Riviera against Strasbourg for the Gym. It will be during the 17th lift of Ligue 1.

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