Deprived of his stars and his goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, Paris Saint-Germain did not have to force his talent to defeat FC Metz (0-2).
Nevertheless, this did not prevent Thomas Tuchel's men from ensuring the three points and to spread a message to the competition: even without a large part of his typical team, the PSG remains a machine that is suitable to respect.
FC Metz shoot themselves in the foot, PSG sanctions
All, however, had not started on a frantic pace this Friday night, on the lawn of Stade Saint-Symphorien. After a balanced first 10 minutes, FC Metz thought they were well back in front of their home fans. But it was not counting on an error by his defender Mamadou Fofana, who let himself be trapped by Juan Bernat and made an obvious mistake in his penalty area (11 '). Paris had not yet had to accelerate that Angel Di Maria opened the scoring on penalty, he who had missed the previous Sunday against Toulouse (4-0). Metz had shot himself in the foot.
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Led to the score, the promoted passed close to the correctional six minutes later, when Idrissa Gueye saw his recovery of the poorly controlled head fail on the cross. Finally, it was necessary to wait for the 43rd minute of play so that the PSG, again on set kick, doubles the bet. A second goal by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, already a double scorer on the previous day, who was not asked to smash his head a free kick scored by Marco Verratti and put a serious blow on the heads of FC Metz players …
Focused, the Champion did not have to force his talent
At the return of the locker room, the Parisians were content to turn the leather facing Lorrainers without a solution. Thanks to his two-goal advantage, PSG had a quiet second and Marcin Bulka, who arrived on tiptoe this summer and this Friday night following the imminent transfer of Alphonse Areola to Real Madrid, spent an evening more that quiet.
At the end of the match, Thomas Tuchel's men retreated in spite of themselves but managed to control the match, facing a team from FC Metz struggling to pack the last minutes. Too shy despite a last warning in the 86th minute on a shot by Marvin Gakpa, the promoted bowed so logically in front of his supporters. Opposite, the PSG proved that it was not dependent on the presence of its offensive stars and took advantage of it to temporarily settle at the head of the championship of France. Now, place to an international truce that is timely, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, still a scorer on Friday night, having also been forced to leave the lawn in injury time, touched the knee.