Ligue 1 – 30th day: PSG wins against OL and takes the lead, Lyon loses theirs
Paris Saint-Germain had not won a single match against the top 4 teams since the start of the season. On Sunday March 21, Mauricio Pochettino’s players chose the right moment to unlock their counter, at Groupama Stadium against Olympique Lyonnais (4-2). At the end of the afternoon, the defeat of Lille at home against Nîmes (1-2) offered on a plateau the first place to the winner of this shock of the 30th day of Ligue 1.
And after 90 minutes, the feeling is that there was not really a game as PSG seemed superior. In the game, in realism, in intentions. However, the Rhone club had organized preparations worthy of the greatest shocks, including fireworks around the stadium a few moments before the start of the meeting. Rudi Garcia’s players had to respond present. They finally signed only a few wet firecrackers during the first 45 minutes …
Mbappé at 100 per hour
Symbol of the chasm between the two teams during this first act? The Memphis Depay-Kylian Mbappé duel. The former usually carries his team when they are not doing well – a constant since early 2021. He will have finally been absent from the proceedings and replaced very early, in the 56th minute. Mbappé, on the other hand, once again tortured OL. The 2018 world champion first opened the scoring following a good overflow on the right of Moise Kean (15th).
Leader of the Parisian attack, in the absence of Neymar who entered in the 70th minute of play to make his return after five weeks without playing, Mbappé made another difference at the half hour of play. the right side, the Ile-de-France striker delivered a cross, for an action concluded by Danilo (32nd). The Portuguese, present at the kickoff in the middle instead of the usual holder Leandro Paredes, perfectly justified the choice of Pochettino. At 2-0, and 7 shots to 2 for PSG at half-time, Lyon thought they had hit bottom. Before discovering new depths with the very fast goal of Angel Di Maria on a fleeing free kick just after the return of the locker room (47th) and the supersonic rush of Mbappé for the fourth goal (52nd), his 100th – only 22 years old – in Ligue 1.
Lyon’s burst of pride too late
In this slump, Maxwel Cornet perfectly symbolizes the Lyon evening. After having lived a defensive nightmare during the first 60 minutes, the Ivorian international became decisive passer on the reduction of the score of Islam Slimani (62nd) before registering the second Lyon goal on a nice opening of the incoming Rayan Cherki (81st). A burst of Lyon pride far too late, even if Navas had to work to push back a header from Slimani (83rd).
Beaten by a great night PSG, OL had never been so badly handled this season. There was ultimately no photo between the two teams, and we will retain a posteriori a form of justice to see PSG take the place of leader of Ligue 1 rather than this OL. Eight days from the end, however, not everything is written for the coronation. Lyon, despite this slap received at home, is only three points behind Paris and Lille.
Monaco, 4th, just four points from the lead, is in great shape, and Lille remains a very serious contender for the title. Among all these direct competitors, PSG is the one with the best schedule and if it maintains the level of tonight, already displayed in Barcelona in C1, the title seems promised. But Pochettino’s players have shown in the past that they are capable of breaking down in trivial matches. And the last 30 minutes at Groupama Stadium will have to be corrected. A praise for the uncertainty, which is the beauty of this eventful Ligue 1 season.