Without Kylian Mbappé or Neymar – and quickly led by Toulouse -, PSG was able to count on Lionel Messi to win (2-1) on Saturday in Ligue 1.
Exactly 10 days before the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League against Bayern (February 14 at the Parc des Princes), the PSG by Christophe Galtier did not prove to be imperial when Toulouse came on Saturday afternoon, on behalf of the 22nd day of Ligue 1. At least, the leader of the championship won (2-1) to take an 8-point lead over OM, who host Nice on Sunday evening. A dolphin that he will find next Wednesday for a Classic in the Coupe de France, moreover.
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The Rouge et Bleu did not shine brightly in the absence of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, as well as Sergio Ramos, Presnel Kimpembe and Marco Verratti. Renato Sanches, injured early in the game, added to the long list of absentees.
PSG remained on a pitiful draw against Reims (1-1), last Sunday, and was squarely led by Téfécé, Branco van den Boomen beating Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free kick (20th). A quarter of an hour later, Ashraf Hakimi reset the counters to zero, with a superb strike from the left (38th).
It is Lionel Messi who gave the advantage to his team. The Argentine idol, until then little to his advantage (again), alongside a particularly clumsy Hugo Ekitike (58th), scored his 10th goal in L1 with a nice well-placed left strike (58th) .
Unlike Rémois – against an even less strong PSG -, Toulouse did not perform well enough to hope to leave the capital with a point. Even if Philippe Montanier’s players had a huge last opportunity, not converted by defender Anthony Rouault (94th). Toulouse is 12th.