PSG does the work in Metz without his stars, Choupo-Moting still scorer


Between the thorny Neymar case, Alphonse Areola's coming start to Real Madrid and Keylor Navas' transfer in the other direction, PSG's news is mostly off the pitch in recent days. But the capital club did have a game to play this Friday. Deprived of Ander Herrera, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Abdou Diallo, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé, all injured, and without Neymar, nor Alphonse Areola, left on the bench at the kickoff at his request, the champion of France has su serious to win in Metz (2-0) cen opening of the fourth day of Ligue 1.

>> Relive the course of the match Metz-PSG

Angel Di Maria opened the scoring in the 11th minute of penalty, after a foul in the surface of Mamadou Fofana on Juan Bernat. Confident with his double scored last Sunday against Toulouse (4-0), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was responsible for doubling the bet to 43rd. The Cameroon international has deceived Alexander Oukidja of the head on a free kick shot perfectly by Marco Verratti. With three goals, Choupo-Moting is now the top Paris scorer this season in the league. With this success outside, the PSG takes temporary control of the championship.

Bulka quite serene, shy Aouchiche

This match was also marked by the great debuts under the Paris jersey of Marcin Bulka and Adil Aouchiche. Areola asked not to play before leaving for Madrid, according to Thomas Tuchel, the 19-year-old Polish goalkeeper was propelled holder. Arriving free this summer after three seasons at Chelsea, he was not much involved, but was serious about his rare interventions. Imposing from the height of 1m99, he appeared very serene in his shots aerial. Only downside: a badly captured ball on an attempt by Marvin Gakpa in the 86th who gave a corner to the premises.

Aouchiche, he became the youngest player to start a Ligue 1 match with Paris in the history of the club. For the first time with his training club, this great French 17-year-old has had a hard time positioning himself. Sometimes positioned as a playmaker, sometimes on one side, he seemed rather shy, but very willing. "Calm down, calm down," he slid Verratti a few times. He got a very dangerous free kick in the 63rd, just before being replaced by Leandro Paredes.

Kurzawa and Jesé have come late in the match

Tuchel also took advantage of this game, which was generally controlled by his players, to launch Layvin Kurzawa and Jesé Rodriguez, who entered the 82nd and 90th respectively in the place of Verratti and Choupo-Moting. The Spanish striker, who returned to Paris this summer after spending the last six months on loan with Betis Sevilla, had not played with Paris in an official match since 23 January 2019 (2-0 win over Strasbourg in the 16th final of the Coupe de France).

It should also be noted that this meeting was interrupted for three minutes in the first half after the deployment by supporters Metz a banner deemed homophobic, in full debate over the insults launched from the stands. "LFP, PSG, let me sing you, go do you in …, I will not go on TV, because my words are not very gay," wrote the Mosellan supporters of the western stand, referring to Angèle's song Balance what. This is the first time that a PSG match is interrupted for songs or comments deemed homophobic. Another banner was deployed in the second half of the World Cup in Qatar: are the stadiums homologous, but it has not caused any interruption.

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