If the trip to Lille, an undefeated team since the start of the season, represented “a first test” for the Parisians, then the men of Christophe Galtier passed it brilliantly, Sunday August 21. PSG made short work of the Dogues (7-1), overwhelmed by the offensive genius of Neymar, Messi and Mbappé, and for whom the step was too high.
While LOSC coach Paulo Fonseca did not want to renounce his principles of attacking play, his players quickly realized that they were going to have a lot of work to do in defense. The Mastiffs were picked cold, from the first action, with a goal from Kylian Mbappé after eight seconds of play.
Served by Messi in the back of the defense just after kick-off, the Frenchman thus equaled the record for the fastest goal in Ligue 1, held until then by Michel Rio, for an achievement which dated from 1992.
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Showered from the start, the Mastiffs tried to move forward, and the game was balanced. The Northerners tried their luck on the Parisian cage, in particular through Jonathan Bamba, but none of their shots were powerful enough to worry Gianluigi Donnarumma.
On the contrary, the Parisians were ruthless against the Lille goal. Lionel Messi doubled the lead in the 28the minute of play, before Achraf Hakimi (39e) and Neymar (43e) destroy all Lille hopes even before half-time.
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 Paris attack have combined enormously to further widen the gap. The seven-time Ballon d’Or ended the game with two assists in addition to his goal, Neymar offered himself a double (52e) in addition to three assists, and Kylian Mbappé scored a hat-trick by adding two goals in the second half (66e and 87e).
“It’s 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 makes for a very enjoyable game.”savored the Parisian coach Christophe Galtier, at the microphone of Amazon Prime Video.
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Meanwhile, the narrowing of the gap by Jonathan Bamba (54e) had not changed the desire of the Parisians to go again and again towards the opposing goal. With a lot of cohesion within the red and blue group and in the game, Christophe Galtier’s players have displayed the image of a ruthless and devilishly efficient collective, which will be very difficult to beat this season.
In terms of statistics, LOSC fired as many times as the Parisians (16), with even more shots on target (10 against 9), but the Parisian offensives were much sharper and more decisive.
After their demonstrations against Clermont (0-5) and Montpellier (5-2), the Parisians have now shaken the opposing nets seventeen times since the start of the season, something no one has done for 72 years in the French championship (18 goals for Rennes in 1950-51). Something to worry about their next opponents, starting with Monaco, who will appear at the Parc des Princes next Sunday, after conceding 4 goals against Lens at home on Saturday.