The PSG script at this start of the season could have been perfectly signed by a dramatic novelist. Parisians beat Metz by the minimum in discount time and with two less players, as Diallo was sent off in the second half and Bernat was unable to continue due to injury. Is the first win of the season for the Ligue 1 champions after defeats against Lens and Marseille.
The numerous losses of PSG, including Mbappé, Neymar and Marco Verratti, again forced Tuchel to take out a pretty improvised lineup. Keylor Navas, Marquinhos and Icardi returned to the eleven after their positives in coronavirus and the young Bakker was the main novelty on the left side, as well as Abdou Diallo in the axis of the rear. Ahead was a Metz that had the great news of the return of its best player, Habib Diallo.
The game started with a spectacular pace. The Metz wanted to deepen the crisis of PSG and had two very dangerous occasions in the first few minutes. The clearest one, a one-on-one by Ibrahima Niané against Keylor Navas that the Costa Rican repelled in anticipation of the Senegalese’s first control. The nerves were established in Paris, although the first minutes of the visitors were a mirage.
Like last season, Ángel Di María was the one who took the reins of the PSG attacks before the losses of Mbappé and Neymar. The Argentine, who is the player with the most minutes in Paris since Tuchel landed on the bench, generated two clear goal situations. The first, in a splendid cross for Icardi that the forward did not take advantage of with his head and the second was a spectacular pass for Sarabia that Oukidja took out. However, Metz was able to go ahead a minute later through Boulaya, but Keylor Navas was imperial holding the playmaker from “Les Messins”.
PSG, practically dominating at pleasure during the entire first part, he again forgave a great occasion generated once again by Ángel Di María. The former Real Madrid player leaked another magnificent pass to the back of the Metz center-backs that left Draxler alone against Oukidja. The German finished very focused and the Metz goalkeeper made a great save to avoid the first of the Parisians.
PSG could not start the second half worse. Abdou Diallo saw the second yellow In the 65th minute after losing a duel with Ibrahima Niané and the former Dortmund player he became the sixth sent off by the Parisians in the last two games. PSG have had more sent off this week than in the 62 games before Olympique de Marseille. Tuchel was forced to bring in Kimpembe to try and balance an overnight team dependent on Di Maria’s talent.
Oukidja saved Metz again making a spectacular save point-blank to a shot from Icardi in the 77th minute. The former Strasbourg player again intervened decisively after a shot from Di María a minute later, again kicking off a shot that was very difficult to repel. PSG created danger with one less player, but without finding the goal that was resisting them so much. The bad news accumulated, as the team finished the game with 9 players due to Bernat’s injury.
With numerical superiority, Metz took pity on PSG. Kimpembe saved Ibrahima Diallo’s goal with a great cut and Maiga forgave what would have been Hongon’s first goal on the edge of the area. That allowed Draxler to head in injury time, in a dramatic finish that allows Tuchel to breathe after the first two defeats of the season.
Bernat (62 ‘, Mitchel Bakker), Kimpembe (68 ‘, Sarabia), Opa Nguette (72 ‘, Habib Diallo), Youssef Maziz (81 ‘, Farid Boulaya), Ambrose (81 ‘, Ibrahima Niane), Bandiougou fadiga (83 ‘, Idrissa Gueye), (85 ‘, Bernat), Bekanty Angban (85 ‘, Pajot)
Referee: Mikael Lesage
VAR Referee: Alexandre Castro
Abdu diallo (0 ‘, Yellow) Digbo maiga (45 ‘, Yellow) Draxler (55 ‘, Yellow) Fabien Centonze (60 ‘, Yellow) Abdu diallo (64 ‘, Red