09/22/2021 at 11:09 PM CEST
Paris Saint-Germain suffered more than necessary to continue counting their games for wins in Ligue 1, defeating bottom side Metz 1-2 with a double from Achraf Hakimi at the beginning and at the last gasp of the game.
Oukidja; Bronn, Kouyaté, Udol; Centonze, L. Gueye (Boulaya, 66 ‘), Maiga, Yade (Niakaté, 66’); Sarr, Niane (De Preville, 66 ‘), Pajot (Traoré, 90’).
Keylor; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes (Draxler, 81 ‘); Rafinha (Herrera, 65 ‘), Danilo, Wijnaldum (Di María, 65’); Mbappé, Icardi, Neymar.
0-1 M. 5 Hakimi. 1-1 M. 39 Kouyaté. 1-2 M. 90 Hakimi.
Jeremie Pignard. TA: Yade (19 ‘), Maiga (69’), Bronn (73 ‘& 90’), Centonze (90 ‘), Oukidja (90’) / Mendes (70 ‘), Neymar (90’). TR: Bronn (90 ‘).
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With Messi’s confirmed absence due to knee problems, Pochettino chose to give in to the savior of the match against Lyon: Mauro Icardi. And the Argentine was the protagonist just after 5 minutes of play, attending to a great pass from Neymar to define left-handed. Metz’s rear pulled her out on the line, but Hakimi caught the rebound and made it 0-1.
From then on, the Parisians dominated the actions, but reaching the end of the first half they went through a pothole that would cost dearly. Metz got closer and closer to their area and, in a corner, the draw came: Gueye hung her in the area for Kouyaté’s furious onslaught, who took a relentless header and decreed the 1-1 5 ‘from the break.
And it could be worse for PSG, because the assistant Gueye wanted to dress as a scorer in a one-on-one with Keylor Navas. But the Tico goalkeeper pulled on feline reflexes to keep the ball and march 1-1 to changing rooms.
After jumping into the second half, PSG went to work looking for the advantage. Neymar tried with a great individual play from the left, but his final shot went wide of Oukidja’s goal. The same did Hakimi, sending the ball over the crossbar.
Pochettino tried to get in his hand giving Di María entrance, looking for more offensive dynamism. And it paid off at the last minute of the game, amid all the adrenaline spreading on the pitch after the expulsion of Bronn and Antonetti, Metz coach. Neymar went back to invent another magnificent assistance for Hakimi, who signed his double and the victory of the leader, which reaffirms his perfect score.