PSG beat Lyon 2-1 last Sunday at Parc des Princes for the 30th week of Ligue 1. It was a narrow victory against a tired Olympique Lyonnais after their Europa League game in Roma last Thursday. However a win is a win and Paris keeps the pressure on Monaco on top of Ligue 1.
Lyon starts well and Lacazette strikes first following a corner kick (6’, 0-1). The least we can say is that Paris defense was pretty weak on this move: Marquinhos was beaten at the near post by compatriot Rafael who rose up higher than him. Lacazette took the best of veteran Maxwell too easily on the second post.
Maxwell atones for his early mistake with a crucial save on the line few minutes later (9’). After Lyon firing start, Paris finally controls the ball and is now facing a team defending low on the pitch. The Parisians get a few corners but no clear goal opportunity.
The equalizer eventually arrives after a collective feast: at the edge of the box, Pastore plays a one-two with Di Maria and finds Rabiot on the far post with a perfect square pass (34’, 1-1).
Paris is pushing hard and Lyon shot-saver Lopes must save a wonderful curved shot from Di Maria (37’). On a counter attack following another corner, Lyon almost scores but Kevin Trapp perfectly wins his face to face against Memphis Depay (39’).
Paris is going to punish Lyon immediately: Maxwell serves Pastore who setup Draxler at the penalty spot. The German winger crucifies Lopes without control for his 3rd goals in Ligue 1 (40’, 2-1).
PSG overall dominates the second half but Cavani (62’), Di Maria (75’) and Matuidi (84’) miss the target on their respective attempts.
Pastore is substituted by Lucas for the last minutes of the game (79’). It was a superb evening for the Argentina international who deserves to exit the pitch under a round of applause.
For one of last move of the game, Verratti opens up deep on the right wing for Lucas totally alone but his low cross is not well adjusted and falls behind Cavani who clearly shows his frustration toward the Brazilian (88’). Indeed the pass seamed easy enough to deliver and that’s the kind of chances that “El Matador” wouldn’t have missed…
PSG is obviously still convalescent from the Camp Nou drama and should have won on a bigger margin tonight against a solid opposition. On a positive note, “Les rouges et bleus” are still tailing Monaco for the race title.