February 6, 2023

PSG lose to Lens and see the French advantage diminish

Lens beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 this afternoon (1) at Stade Felix Boulart. Frankowski, Obenda and Claude Morris scored the goals of the match for Lensois. Ekitiké pulled one back in favor of the Parisians.

  • Paris Saint-Germain did not count on Neymar (he was sent off in the previous match) and Messi (he survived);
  • The match was valid for the round of 17 French championship;
  • Lens is second in Ligue 1 with 40 points. PSG is still at the top, with 44;
  • By defeating Paris Saint-Germain, he went 38 matches unbeaten in France.

How was the game

  • Lens was more effective in their attacks and knew how to manage their advantage.
  • PSG struggled to build their plays and struggled on opposing counter-attacks;
  • Needing to score, PSG began to press hard and keep the ball in the attacking field. no avail
  • Lens also relied on Samba’s good performance, which stopped the Parisian attacks.

Greetings to the king

As in other world football matches, before rolling the ball, there was a minute of applause in honor of King Pele, as the players of both teams gathered in the middle of the lawn.

The Paris Saint-Germain players pay tribute to Pele before the match against Lens

Photo: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Key goals and shots

1 x 0. Sotoka kicked in from the right, lifted the ball into the area, and Haidara scored in the middle. Donnarumma left the goal, posted it poorly, and on the rebound Frankowski appeared to fill the net.

1 x 1. PSG responded immediately. A few minutes later, Mukele prevented the ball from going off the second post and Ikitiki, inside the small area, took the ball out of the goalkeeper’s hands. Samba and put it in target.

Almost a turn. Lens’ defense left space for Mbappe and the No. 7 finished well from outside the area. Even with the ball bouncing shortly beforehand, Samba managed to put together a good defense to avoid the goal. on the rebound, Ekitiké ended up shooting home from the outside.

2 x 1. Counterattack target. Fofana made a big deep pass to Openda, who concentrated the pace. He entered the area, leaving Marquinhos on the ground and sending off Donnarumma to fill the net.

3 x 1. Right after the break, Lens was able to extend their lead even further. The team increased the marking and forced Fabian Ruiz to steal the ball at the entrance to the area. Inside it, Openda heeled from behind on Claude Morris to finish with no chance for Donnarumma.

Samba performed a miracle! The ball was lofted in the area, there was a deflection to the middle and Sarabia was tested with a practically open goal. The goalkeeper managed to recover and worked in defense to avoid PSG’s second goal.

data sheet:

3 in 1 PSG lens

Competition: The seventeenth round of the French Championship
date and time: January 1, 2022, 4:45 PM (Brasilia time)
Place: Stadium Felix Bullert from Lens (France)
Yellow cards: Abdel Samad (LEN), Jaradet (LEN), Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain) and El Gharbi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Objectives: Frankowski (5′ 1ºT – LEN), Ekitike (8′ 1The tentht – Paris Saint-Germain) , Openda (28′ 1ºT – LEN) and Claude Morris (3′ 2The tenthT – Lin)

lens: Samba. Gradet, Danso, and Medina; Haidara, Abdel Samad, Fofana (Poreba), and Frankowski; Claude Morris (Onana), Sotoka and Upanda (Wesley Said). Technical: Frank Hayes

Paris Saint-Germain: Donnarumma. Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos and Mukele; Danilo Pereira (Sarabella), Fabian (Vitinha), Verratti and Soler (Western); Mbappe and Ekiteki (Zaire Emery). Technical: Christophe Galtier