By CAPosts 02 December, 2020 - 04:48pm 138 views
Paris Saint-Germain returned to practice something that resembles good play. It wasn't much, but it was enough. It happened at Old Trafford, in spades, guided by Verratti and aided - once again - by a very rigorous referee decision that helped him cope with the predicament thanks to the expulsion of an opponent. The result was a victory more or less suffered that allows him to leave the hole in which he has lived in the group stage of this Champions League. He added nine points and if next Tuesday he beats Istanbul in the Park of the Princes he will go to the eighth. United and Leipzig, who also have nine, will decide the rest of Group H on a final matchday in which any of the three can be eliminated, with PP Thomas Tuchel at stake. Far from composing attacks en masse, this autumn the plan of the innovative German coach derived from the old formula used by the most powerful clubs in the last century: six defend and four attack. The archaism that guaranteed, for decades, the triumph by crushing the most gifted, made PSG a bore. Tuchel embraced this solution when Verratti was injured this summer to contest the Champions League outcome and what seemed provisional ended up completely distorting the team's game. The Italian's return to the title at Old Trafford was worth more than all the coach's slogans
MNU1-3PSGM. UnitedDe Gea, Wan-Bissaka (Ighalo, min. 89), Nilsson-Lindelöf, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles, Rashford (Pogba, min. 73), Anthony Martial (Mason Greenwood, min. 78), Fred, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Cavani (Donny van de Beek, min. 78) PSG Keylor Navas, Kimpembe, Florenzi (Thilo Kehrer, min. 77), Marquinhos, Abdou Diallo (Idrissa Gueye, min. 89), Verratti (Rafinha, min. 77), Danilo Pereira, Paredes (Ander Herrera, min. 64), Kean (Mitchel Bakker, min. 64), Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Goles0-1 min. 5: Neymar. 1-1 min. 31: Rashford. 1-2 min. 68: Marquinhos. 1-3 min. 90: Neymar. RefereeDaniele OrsatoYellow cardsFred (min. 22), Paredes (min. 37) and Verratti (min. 58) Red cardsFred (min. 69)
This usually occurs with the contribution of clairvoyant midfielders. At the dictation of Verratti's passes, the players grouped together and opened up with more meaning, the distribution of spaces was coherent, and both Mbappé and Neymar received the ball in places and at exasperating moments for the rival defense without having to make an extra effort .
Kylian Mbappé's connection was one of Tuchel's pending accounts. The Frenchman has not scored a goal in the Champions League since December 2019. This Wednesday he entered Old Trafford with a firm step. After five minutes he drew a slalom from the right, leaned on Neymar and finished. The ball bounced off a defender and was Neymar for her, who appeared at the far post outlined and shot from the right. It was an improper goal for the Brazilian, due to the aggressiveness with which he approached the second play. It had disconcerting effects.
Far from taking advantage of the advantage to reassert their dominance, PSG incurred the distractions. Inconsistency has been its most defining trait for years. Paredes personified him, more eager to fight fights with Fred than to help his teammates to raise the pace and finish taking United out of the game.
Encouraged by the frivolities of their adversary, United advanced towards the Navas area with difficulty that characterizes him. With McTominay more concerned to watch Neymar than to contribute in something else, the English team played with one less each time they had the ball. It was enough for him to get PSG into trouble. Between Martial and Rashford they forced the error of Danilo, who got against the shot of the English.
Cavani to the post
The break turned United on and crushed PSG. Cavani was 1-2 on a counterattack that completely uncovered the defense. The Uruguayan broke the offside with the touch of a surgeon and sent the ball to the crossbar with a balloon on the exit of Navas. United felt dominating when they received 1-2. Marquinhos put it in the small area, hand in hand with De Gea, after a corner and three rejections
Not a minute had passed since the goal when the referee, Daniele Orsato, definitively altered the ecosystem of a match marked by irregularity of the opponents. The expulsion of Fred for going with too much momentum to a divided ball that he conquered quite clearly against Herrera, left PSG with one less with fifteen minutes to go. Like last day, when they enjoyed an astonishing penalty in their favor, once again, PSG had their way paved by a debatable referee decision.
Although Pogba's entry helped give his teammates a boost that forced the visitors to retreat, Neymar and Mbappé wreaked havoc against them. After a failed first attempt that Mbappé played on his own to the despair of Neymar, who was clearly offered for the final pass, the fruit fell ripe. Missing for almost an hour, Neymar opened the play with an exquisite pass to the Frenchman, he went to receive, he played with Rafinha in the area and as the Brazilian returned the ball on a tray he beat De Gea without giving him a chance. The 1-3 takes the last finalist of the Champions League out of a desperate situation. But it does not completely save him from the danger of being eliminated next week.