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Draxler crucifies Metz in the “money time”

Damn Julian Draxler! The German delivered Paris SG in stoppage time to garner his first victory of the season (1-0) Wednesday in Ligue 1 against the Garnets. Vincent Hognon’s men return to their homes as disappointed as empty-handed.

Damn Julian Draxler! The German delivered Paris SG in stoppage time to garner his first victory of the season (1-0) Wednesday in Ligue 1 against the Garnets. Vincent Hognon’s men return to their homes as disappointed as empty-handed.

(JFC, with AFP) – Thomas Tuchel can breathe. During this late match counting for the first day of Ligue 1, PSG, which started its season with two defeats, finally released its counter, goals and points. The savior, established for the first time, is called Julian Draxler, who sent an angry head into the cage of Alexandre Oukidja in added time. Draxler, who had hitherto been little seen in the field.

With still a reduced workforce, with the suspensions of Neymar, Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa, and the absences of Thilo Kehrer, Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi, PSG did the minimum union. And as against Lens and Marseille, the Red and Blue were not very effective offensively despite a very superior ball possession (75% in the first period) and a siege from the opposing surface.

Against them, the Garnets used the same strategy as Lens and Marseille: play against. If the cons did not hit the mark this time, it is largely thanks to Navas, the Parisian goalkeeper back from quarantine, who won two face-to-face with Ibrahima Niane (6th) and especially Farid Boulaya (25th. ), the best Messin. And also thanks to some inaccuracies of the Messins, in particular a dive a bit too short of the Lorraine striker Habib Diallo (65th).

Because faced with the effective defense with five aligned by Vincent Hognon, the Parisians have long believed to prolong their slump. Colin Dagba, holder for the first time this season, is often mounted on the right wing, without managing to create opportunities. And when Abdou Diallo was ruled out for a second yellow (65th), the problems of indiscipline shown by the Parisians against OM and which notably earned Neymar a two-match suspension in the disciplinary committee seemed to resurface.

Messin Habib Maiga (left) goes to the duel with Parisian Angel Di Maria

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It was the Parisian ghosts who put the most heart into the work. After an absence due to coronavirus, Mauro Icardi, positioned front-center, tried by all means to put it at the bottom. But the little preparation may have weighed, and the Argentinian was ineffective in the last gesture, in particular by pulling too much in the middle while he was ideally served by a cross from Julian Draxler (77th), allowing Alexandre Oukidja to counter his strike.

In the first period, Icardi did not frame the many strikes on the centers of his compatriot Angel Di Maria. Established on the left, “El Fideo” sought by all means to be a decisive passer. In the game, on set piece … he multiplied the centers, most of which found no one or were intercepted by the efficient defense at five Metz, when his teammates did not miss their times. Until this center for Draxler, who made the spectators of the Park rejoice. Would the Parisian season finally be launched?


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