PSG vs Marseille (0-1): French classic between PSG and Marseille left the second defeat in two league games for the Parisian team and also a multitude of regrettable images for this spectacle called football. Seeing is believing but it is the reality of a PSG that, despite the reappearance of Neymar once his Covid-19 positive was overcome, lost to Marseille of Andre Villas-Boas (0-1) three days after starting the defense of the title of Ligue 1 also falling in Lens (1-0). The Brazilian was one of the 5 sent off in the final tangana of a very rough classic. The first won since 2010 by Olympique in a Parc des Princes that registered the presence of 5,000 spectators.
Tuchel recovers 4 players from the defeat in Lens
Thomas Tuchel made four changes regarding Thursday’s defeat in Lens (1-0) since Di Maria and Neymar, has overcome Covid-19. Sergio Rico played since Keylor Navas dragged back discomfort after leaving behind his positive. The recently signed Alessandro Florenzi made his debut on the right side. On the other hand, Kylian Mbappe, Marquinhos, and Mauro Icardi, also infected, are still out.
PSG came out with great intensity, pressing up and a Neymar plugged in despite the fact that he returned to training on Friday after the holidays that followed the defeat in the Champions League final. Already in minute 2, Steve Mandanda avoided the goal with a saves on a point-blank header from Marco Verratti after a cross from Florenzi.
Fouls, frictions, rubs, and cards
But from then on and until halftime the game became a succession of fouls, frictions, and yellow cards, with a vehement Neymar. Who saw her in a pique with Dimitri Payet, involved in most of them. Despite PSG’s overwhelming dominance, the game lacked pace due to constant stoppages.
Neymar was able to score by winning his back to his marker and heading high in the race a center from Di Maria (19 ‘), but Marseille took the lead by surprise in practically his first arrival within half an hour of play. Payet fired a long free-kick and Florian Thauvin, on the first touch, placed the ball with his left foot at Sergio Rico’s short post. The VAR ruled out an offside of the author of the goal. The rhythm fell until the break but then Neymar, constant generator of the PSG game, returned to the charge but Mandanda raised the wall again. The veteran Marseille goalkeeper deflected a centered shot from Pablo Sarabia with his feet after great collective action (57′) and also a whiplash from Neymar (60’).
The referee did not need the VAR to annul a goal to Di Maria for offside (60 ‘) and another from the recently entered Dario Benedetto for another previous illegal position (62’). With the passing of the minutes, PSG accused the absence of a ‘9’ like Icardi to complete his arrivals since Neymar arrived very forced at the goal to finish off a center from Sarabia and another from Bernat headed badly.
Marseille did a lot on their part with a solid defense, supportive in the relays, which forced PSG to resort desperately to centers and did not struggle to maintain the victory. With 6 points in the 2 games, they have played. The Villas-Boas team is one behind the leader Rennes.
PSG vs Marseille: Battle Royale and Five Reds on Discount
Already in the discount, the great classic of French football had a regrettable end with a general tangana that arose with a pique between the Argentines Leandro Paredes and Benedetto that ended with both expelled. They also saw the direct red Layvin Kurzawa and Jordan Amavi, who took it with blows, and Neymar, for attacking the Cantabrian defender Alvaro Gonzalez with his fist from behind. “Because he was a racist, that’s why I hit him,” said the Brazilian when he retired after accusing him of it several times during the match.