LIGUE 1 – PSG – Angers (2-0) – Messi signs his return against Angers, Paris soars in the standings

LIGUE 1 – PSG – Angers (2-0) – Messi signs his return against Angers, Paris soars in the standings

Lionel Messi five stars, the PSG “little arm”. For its first match of the year at the Parc des Princes, the capital club beat bottom side Angers (2-0) on Wednesday evening. Hugo Ekitike confirmed his form at the moment by scoring his fourth goal of the season in a game lacking in action until the awakening of the seven-time Ballon d’Or. Acclaimed before the match by the Parisian supporters, the Argentinian doubled the bet and ratified the victory of his people. Christophe Galtier’s men increase their lead over RC Lens, held in check at the same time in Strasbourg (2-2).

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PSG did not reserve a special tribute to its world champion, but Lionel Messi still privatized the lawn of the Park. “La Pulga” celebrated his world title, the only one missing from his list, by actively participating in his team’s fifteenth success in eighteen league games. With his post-World motivation in question, the Argentine gave a glimpse of his craving and a broad sample of his talent in 90 minutes. We felt concerned from the start. Well on his feet for his return to competition, Messi was the penultimate pass on the opener.

Lionel Messi and Neymar (PSG) against Angers, Wednesday January 11, 2023. / Ligue 1

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Messi was pleased at the end of the match

It was he who shifted Nordi Mukiele to the right for the center cut victoriously at the near post by Hugo Ekitike (1-0, 5th). Scorer for the first time in the Paris jersey in early November against Auxerre, the 20-year-old striker scored his third achievement in a row. The former Reims player drew the wrath of his glorious teammate when he wrongly favored the individual option while the latter, alone in the middle, was waiting for the ball (58th). Because Messi wanted to score and he gave himself this little pleasure at the end of the match. He coldly concluded an action that he himself initiated, with a shot placed in the side netting of Paul Bernardoni (2-0, 72nd).

He could have added an assist to his performance. And what a pass! A stung ball converted by Neymar, finally offside (83rd). The Brazilian, also back after serving his suspension match against Lens, has exchanged a lot with the Argentinian, and the two South Americans have yet to settle. Without them, the PSG match would have been very sad, as Christophe Galtier’s men seemed to purr for a large part of the meeting.

10th loss in a row for Angers, who did not deserve it

The chances were quite low of seeing Angers, constantly beaten in the league since September 18, tripping up Paris Saint-Germain on their lawn. The red lantern ignored the situation and gave itself the means to hinder the defending champion by opposing him with a very compact block in the axis.

Bernardoni held the house and avoided a more substantial rout by winning ahead of Sergio Ramos (23rd), Ekitike (58th), Neymar (89th) and Mukiele (90th), author of two assists. Without Azzedine Ounahi, seen in the spans of the Park, but with Sofiane Boufal from the hour mark, the Angevins changed gear after the break and gained confidence, as requested by their coach Abdel Bouhazama.

The SCO highlights were not enough to punish PSG’s very average second period, however, and the Anjou club did not avoid a tenth loss in a row which left them six behind the first non-relegation player. Ajaccio. At the other end of the standings, the Parisians, who returned to a three-man defense on Wednesday evening, took advantage of the Lensois draw in Strasbourg to take a six-point lead.

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