A goal by Argentine Ángel Di María with two minutes remaining allowed Paris Saint-Germain to achieve an agonizing victory (2-1) over Lille this Friday, which despite clearly beating Mauricio Pochettino’s for much of the time of the meeting, he had to finally surrender to the individual quality that the Parisian team treasures in its squad.
And it is that only the individual talent of its stars, in this case Di María, can be blamed for the victory of a Paris Saint-Germain, which again displayed a gray and leaden game, which contrasted with the speed and verticality of its rival.
As confirmed by the twenty-three minutes that had to wait to count the first shot on goal by the locals in a shot, of course, by Ángel Di María, the only one who seemed willing to reveal himself to the superiority of Lille.
Much less took the «Dogos», Sevilla’s rivals in the group stage of the Champions League, to put the goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to the test, who after two minutes avoided Lille’s goal with a sensational stop to the Turkish Burak Yilmaz after a dizzying visitor backlash.
And is that if PSG showed a tiresome pace throughout the first half, which made their greatest possession of the ball sterile, Lille sowed panic with their sharp counterattacks.
A visiting superiority that moved to the scoreboard with the goal (0-1) of Canadian Jonathan David that culminated in the 31st minute a great action by Yilmaz in the Parisian area.
Adverse result to which was added the change to which the Argentine Lionel Messi was forced, which had been a doubt until the last moment due to muscular discomfort, after the conclusion of the first part.
A loss that joined that of Kylian Mbappé, who could not even be called up for the game because of a throat infection.
But if this season Paris Saint-Germain can boast of something, it is from the collection of stars that it treasures in its squad, so in the absence of Messi and Mbappé it was entrusted to the Argentine Ángel Di María.
The Argentine international was in charge of turning the game around, first, with a perfect center that the Brazilian central defender Marquinhos did not miss to sign at 74 minutes at 1-1, to culminate the local comeback in 88 by turning into the final 2 -1 a pass from Brazilian Neymar.
An agonizing triumph that keeps Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French League standings, but which did not serve to dispel the many doubts that Mauricio Pochettino’s men leave day by day. EFE (HN)