If the trip to Lille, a team undefeated since the start of the season, represented “a first test” for Parisians, then Christophe Galtier’s men had a brilliant time, on Sunday, August 21. PSG thrashed Dogues (7-1), overwhelmed by the offensive genius of Neymar, Messi and Mbappé, and for whom the step was too high.
Although LOSC coach Paulo Fonseca did not want to give up his principles of attacking play, his players quickly realized that they were going to have a lot of work to do on defense. The Mastiffs were caught cold, from the first action, with a goal from Kylian Mbappé eight seconds into the game.
Served by Messi at the rear of the defense just after kick-off, the Frenchman thus equaled the record for the fastest goal in Ligue 1, previously held by Michel Rio, in an achievement that dated back to 1992.
The Messi – Neymar – Mbappé deal continues to work wonderfully
Rains from the beginning, the Mastiffs tried to advance, and the match was balanced. The northerners tried their luck in the Paris cage, notably through Jonathan Bamba, but none of his shots were powerful enough to worry Gianluigi Donnarumma.
On the contrary, the Parisians were relentless in front of the Lille goal. Lionel Messi doubled the advantage at 28me minute of play, against Achraf Hakimi (39me) and Neymar (43me) destroys all Lille’s hopes even before the break.
If some were worried about a possible bad agreement between Neymar and Mbappé after the episode of the second penalty against Montpellier, which the Brazilian had asked to shoot, the two men undoubtedly reassured them. With Messi, the three stars of the Parisian attack have combined enormously to further extend the distance. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner finished the game with two assists and in addition to his goal, Neymar offered himself a brace (52me) in addition to three assists, and Kylian Mbappé scored a hat-trick by adding two goals in the second half (66me and 87me).
“It is a great satisfaction to see them happy on the pitch, playing for each other. Of course there is talent, and when this talent comes together, it becomes a very enjoyable game.”savored the Parisian coach Christophe Galtier, on the microphone of Amazon Prime Video.
10 – Neymar has been involved in 10 goals in Ligue 1 this season (5 goals, 5 assists), at least twice as many as anyone else… https://t.co/8t3TpdABNK
Seventeen goals scored for PSG after three days
Meanwhile, Jonathan Bamba’s shortening of distances (54me) had not changed the desire of the Parisians to go again and again towards the opposite goal. With a lot of cohesion in the rojiazul team and in the game, Christophe Galtier’s players have shown the image of a ruthless and devilishly efficient team, which will be very difficult to beat this season.
In statistical terms, LOSC shot as many times as the Parisians (16), even with more shots on goal (10 against 9), but the Parisian offenses were much sharper and more decisive.
After their demonstrations against Clermont (0-5) and Montpellier (5-2), the Parisians have already shaken the opposing nets seventeen times since the start of the season, something that no one has done for 72 years in the French championship ( 18 goals for Rennes in 1950-51). Something that worries their next rivals, starting with Monaco, who will appear at the Parc des Princes next Sunday, after conceding 4 goals against Lens at home on Saturday.
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