Dream vanguard PSG finally seems oiled; Sergio Ramos whistled at every ball contact


Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 10:44 PM• Tom Rofekamp • Last update: 22:50

PSG booked an easy win on Sunday night. In their own Parc des Princes, low flyer Lorient was put aside without too many problems: 5-1. In particular, the so-called ‘dream vanguard’ of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi caught the eye: the trio combined to their heart’s content and scored for the first time this season in its entirety. Sergio Ramos came in and was whistled at every contact by his own fans. Georginio Wijnaldum was brought in at PSG just before half-time, while Xavi Simons remained on the bench for the entire game.

Despite the fact that trainer Mauricio Pochettino had to deal with a lot of injuries, he was able to make use of his entire star attack. In the twelfth minute ‘MNM’ was fatal for Lorient for the first time. Messi received the ball with his back to the goal from Leandro Paredes and tapped through to Mbappé in one go. The attacker cleverly tricked his opponent and gave in to Neymar, who had a controlled shot: 1-0. It seemed only a matter of time before the second blow to Lorient would come.

After a nice combination between Messi and Neymar ended in nothing, their colleague in the Paris vanguard doubled the margin on the half hour. The coveted Mbappé was given too much space in the hostile penalty area and defeated Lorient goalkeeper Matthieu Dreyer with a hard and low shot. There seemed to be no problem for PSG – except for the injury of Paredes, who had to be replaced by Wijnaldum just before half time.

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Lorient came out better in the second half. Enzo Le Fée missed the goal after weak defense from the home side, before Terem Moffi reduced the tension. The Nigerian reacted extremely attentively to a bad pass by Achraf Hakimi and tapped in before Gianluigi Donnarumma could intervene. PSG briefly left the visitors yearning for more, before Mbappé restored the margin of two. The youngster passed his direct opponent without any problems and brought his season total with a dry bang to seventeen league goals.

Another of the front three was missing from the score sheet: that was taken care of in minute 73. Again Mbappe fought his way into the penalty area and found Messi at the penalty spot. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner put the ball into the roof of the goal: 4-1. Shortly before that, Ramos had entered the field, who was whistled by his own fans at every contact with the ball. The Spanish defender has been struggling with injuries all season, which means he barely made any minutes for PSG. Despite this, Ramos does earn a mega salary, which the supporters of les Parisiens don’t seem to like it.

There was one more goal in the Parc des Princes. Neymar fooled his opponent with a nutmeg and combined with Mbappé through the axis of the field. The Brazilian sprinted through the defense and shot the final score on the scoreboard with a hard effort. With the win, PSG is still in the lead with no less than twelve points ahead of number two Olympique Marseille. Lorient still remains in sixteenth place.

No. Team m W G V Pnt
1 Paris Saint Germain 30 21 5 4 36 68
2 Olympique Marseille 30 16 8 6 20 56
3 Stade Rennes 30 16 5 9 35 53
4 Strasbourg 30 14 9 7 19 51
5 OGC Nice 30 15 7 8 16 51
6 AS Monaco 30 13 8 9 14 47
7 Lille OSC 30 12 11 7 3 47
8 Nantes 30 13 6 11 6 45
9 Olympique Lyon 30 12 10 8 4 45
10 RC Lens 30 12 8 10 5 44
11 Montpellier 30 12 5 13 2 41
12 Stade Brest 30 10 8 12 -6 38
13 Reims 30 8 12 10 0 36
14 Angers 30 8 8 14 -10 32
15 Troyes AC 30 8 8 14 -14 32
16 lorient 30 6 10 14 -23 28
17 Clermont 30 7 7 16 -24 28
18 Saint Etienne 30 6 9 15 -24 27
19 Metz 30 4 11 15 -27 23
20 Girondins de Bordeaux 30 4 11 15 -32 23