PSG played on Friday at the ground of last-placed Angers and although they didn’t launch a cannonade, they secured three points without any problems. Lionel Messi had a big part in that. On the other side, ex-Slav player Abdallah Sima shone for a change.
A giant favourite versus a giant underdog, the former versus the latter. Angers and PSG are separated by 51 points in the Ligue 1 table. While the Parisians have overcome their crisis and seem to be on course for the title, their opponent on Friday is already without a chance of salvation.
However, Angers need not be ashamed of their performance against the French league leaders. A 2-1 loss is certainly no disgrace. Especially considering the fact that the starting line-up included youngsters like Justin-Noel Kalumba (18 years old) and Jean Bahoya (17 years old).
However, you could see the qualitative difference between the two teams. And this was mainly thanks to two men. Kylian Mbappé, with his two goals, has once again climbed to the top of the scorers’ table (22 goals), but without the holder of seven balls, it would have been more difficult.
Lionel Messi shone again and his two passes in particular were key. In the 9th minute, he sent a great pass behind the defence to Juan Bernat, who presented the ball to Mbappe, practically in front of an open goal.
Then in the 26th minute Messi was at it again, sending another fantastic pass behind the defence, this time sending Mbappé straight through and the Frenchman converted. It was the 15th league assist for Messi.
PSG then played Angers like a cat and mouse. But the home team’s efforts resulted in at least one goal. That was scored by striker Sada Thioub. But the ball was set up for a shot by former Slavic player Abdallah Sima.
Twenty-one-year-old Sima thus notched his second assist this season, having otherwise scored four competitive goals, three of which were in Ligue 1.
Source: Ligue 1, Marca, YouTube
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