Paris Saint-Germain delivered their third league defeat in a row to Peter Bosz and Olympique Lyon on Sunday evening. The French superpower had enough of an early flashy attack, of which Lionel Messi was the end station: 0-1. The victory brings PSG to 22 points and the lead is taken over from Olympique Marseille, while Lyon is stuck in sixth place.
Christophe Galtier, the PSG trainer, chose his strongest formation. That meant that Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mbappe were at the forefront and that all creativity had to come from those three. At Olympique Lyon, Peter Bosz had, as usual, made a base for Nicolás Tagliafico, Alexandre Lacazette also formed a striker duo with Moussa Dembélé.
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The visitors fired from the starting blocks, because the first best chance was immediately promoted to a goal. PSG flashed through Mbappe, Neymar and final station Messi to a quick lead. The Argentinian scored with a placed shot in the short corner: 0-1. Les Parisiens went on the hunt for the 0-2 and had an advantage, although this did not immediately lead to great opportunities. On the other hand, halfway through the first half, Lacazette missed the perfect opportunity to re-balance the score by heading wide from a completely detached position.
Bosz’s Lyon fought slowly but surely in the game and with half an hour on the clock handed out two pinpricks via Lacazette and Karl Toko Ekambi, so PSG knew that it had to stay sharp. Galtier’s team started the second half strongly. For example, Messi thought he had the 0-2 on his shoe, when he tricked Antony Lopes with a mock shot and then passed the goalkeeper. Castello Lukeba, however, kept the home side going by heading the ball off the line.
PSG started again twenty minutes before time. Nuno Mendes found Neymar after a smooth attack. The Brazilian had the ball before typing, but did not get further than a slider in the hands of outstanding Lopes. In stoppage time, the game still seemed to be closed when Sergio Ramos worked a rebound against the ropes from close range. This goal eventually led to a line due to Danilo’s annoying offside.
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