Solid and applied, OL came to bring down a very small PSG at the Parc des Princes thanks to a pawn of Tino Kadewere. A nightmarish evening for Paris, forced to leave his throne to LOSC and who may have lost Neymar to injury.
After Marseille and Manchester United, so it was the turn of the OL to help bring down Paris Saint-Germain in his den, formerly impregnable on behalf of the fourteenth day of Ligue 1. Almost without surprise, after 90 minutes during which the PSG offered almost nothing, nothing succeeded, facing an OL who had a plan going up to the capital and who perfectly executed. Do not throw any more; the dice of the French championship is to be re-rolled. Definitely?
A new setback for Paris, which recalls two-three fundamentals: no, this PSG no longer scares anyone. And yes, he still has a lot to work on to hope to achieve his high goals. The tears of Neymar, released on a stretcher at the end of the meeting on a tackle from Thiago Mendes, only confirm that this Sunday, December 13 was a dirty night for Paris.
From the outset, under a fine rain, Thomas Tuchel decided to rest his 3-5-2 with Ángel Di María at the heart of the game, responsible for feeding Neymar and Moise Kean. Besides, if the start of the Parisian match, via an overly crossed attempt by Alessandro Florenzi, seems good, it is in reality only a sham. Quickly, OL succeeded in locking up PSG by cutting all the transmissions of the capital club: Di María is lost, Marco Verratti, and Leandro Paredes without a (good) solution. Even in the first revival, PSG is very annoyed.
So much so that the opening of the Lyon score is the direct consequence of the plan perfectly executed by OL. In the full exit of the ball, Presnel Kimpembe misses a pass, which seems easy towards Marco Verratti. Karl Toko Ekambi operates the offering beautifully and giveth to Tino Kadewere to flank deserved a spanking PSG (0-1, 35th). A volley of Florenzi well repelled by Lopes before the break does not change anything: Lyon returns to the locker room in the lead, and it’s anything but a surprise.
Tonight, Paris was not a Champion
Back from the locker room, Paris must react but does not seem to have the weapons to do so. Even if opposite, the Lyonnais evolve lower, the speed of the attackers of Rudi Garcia scares the Parisian rearguard which evolves too far from the rest of the team. Neymar, brilliant this Wednesday, is not having a good night and therefore condemned to do too much without having the possibility of proposing something else decisive.
The minutes tick by, opportunities are scarce, and Lyon is holding out. Florenzi, the only real Parisian danger this Sunday, sent Lopes the last thrill on a slightly vicious cross. But that’s all, and logically, Paris tilts by abandoning its leader’s chair of Ligue 1 at LOSC. In a completely natural way, because this PSG is not a reigning French champion.
PSG (3-5-2): Navas – Diallo (Kehrer, 30th, Danilo Pereira Kimpembe – Florenzi, Verratti (Herrera, 64th), Paredes (Gueye, 64th), Di María (Mbappé, 64th) Bakker – Kean (Rafinha, 72th), Neymar. Coach: Thomas Tuchel.
Lyon (4-3-3): Lopes– Dubois (De Sciglio, 65th), Marcelo, Denayer, Cornet – Paquetá (Caqueret, 88th), Mendes, Aouar (Guimarães, 78th) – Kadewere (Diomandé, 77th) Depay (Dembélé, 77 e), Toko-Ekambi. Coach: Rudi Garcia.