With their world champion Lionel Messi, back and scorer, Paris SG defeated the weakly ranked Angers (2-0) on Wednesday in Ligue 1, winning the honorary title of winter champion ahead of Lens, slowed down in Strasbourg ( 2 -2), and Marseille, who defeated Troyes (2-0).
– Messi’s PSG winter champion –
And the Parc des Princes was able to praise Messi… Crowned world champion in mid-December with Argentina at the expense of Kylian Mbappé’s France, the seven-time Ballon d’Or was welcomed by the Parisian public for his return to competition on Wednesday night on day 18 of L1.
And despite a long match to settle, the party was complete since PSG tamed the red lantern with goals from Hugo Ekitike (5th) and Messi (72nd), offering themselves the pleasure of mid-championship lead.
The Parisians have 47 points, six more than Lens (41 pts), executioner of PSG on January 1 (3-1) but will not be able to join the capital club on the last day of the first leg this weekend.-end.
“I am satisfied that we are back to winning ways, satisfied with the behavior of the team”, the Parisian coach relished
Christophe Galtier on the microphone of Canal+ Sport 360. “The players did their job, it was a good match and a good night.”
What will be faced with appetite in the clash against Rennes on Sunday, where Galtier’s team should recover Mbappé, rested after a few days of rest.
– Lens tripped, electroshocks in Strasbourg and Nice –
The effect of Mathieu Le Scornet! Just appointed coach of Strasbourg, the former assistant of Julien Stéphan allowed the Alsatian to get a well-deserved draw against Lens (2-2), slowing down the dolphin who missed several match points.
At the Meinau stadium, the goals rained down in the first half hour, with Alexis Claude-Maurice (11th) and Loïs Openda (33rd) for Lens and Sanjin Prcic (13th) and Kevin Gameiro (16th ) for Strasbourg. But, saved by their goalkeeper Matz Sels, the Alsatians finally showed some fight after a nightmare start to the season punctuated by a victory.
The electroshock also worked for Nice and its new coach Didier Digard, in place of Lucien Favre: the Aiglons destroyed Montpellier 6-1 with doubles from Nicolas Pépé and Ross Barkley!
– Rennes sees red, Marseille escape –
Losing 2-1 at Clermont, Rennes had themselves to blame, as Bruno Genesio’s side held 1-1 for long periods before going down nine to eleven with one goal after extra time signing Johan Gastien (90th+5) .
Insecurity weighed on the Bretons: red cards for Benjamin Bourigeaud (77th) and Warmed Omari (83rd), two notable absentees on Sunday to host PSG,
“I’m very pissed off by the script,” Genesio summed up.
This defeat benefits Marseille, which consolidated its third place (39 pts): the Olympians, for the debut of their Ukrainian rookie Ruslan Malinovskyi, won in Troyes thanks to Chancel Mbemba (10th) and Jordan Veretout ( 46th).
It was the fifth successive victory, obtained under the eyes of Philippe Diallo, new interim boss of the French Football Federation after the withdrawal of controversial President Noël Le Graët.
Behind Rennes (4th, 34 pts), Monaco bounced back (5th, 34 pts) by grabbing a 2-2 draw at Lorient (6th, 32 pts) on a saving goal from Wissam Ben Yedder, the captain subscribed to the bench (90th +3).
Finally, Lille (7th, 31 pts) is three points behind Rennais despite being held against Brest (0-0), which treated new coach Eric to the Ligue 1 debut Roy.
– Lyon not accelerating, Toulouse pinch Auxerre –
OL could not do better than a goalless draw (0-0) against FC Nantes (14th) and stops with a soft stomach (8th, 25 pts), ten days after their defeat at home against Clermont ( 1-0).
“Regularity, we don’t have it yet,” complained Lyon coach Laurent Blanc.
For its part, Toulouse punished Auxerre (5-0), which sank in the red zone (18th). It was the fourth consecutive defeat in L1 for Auxerre, who were not very reassuring before taking on Lens on Saturday.
TFC is 12th, just behind Reims (11th, 24 pts), who beat Ajaccio 1-0 thanks to Marshall Munetsi (3rd).