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Paris Saint-Germain took a big step towards a historic tenth Ligue 1 title by beating Olympique de Marseille on Sunday (2-1) in matchday 32.
One step away from the title. PSG defeated Marseille (2-1) on Sunday, April 17 at the Parc des Princes, getting closer to a historic tenth Ligue 1 title. The Parisians increased their lead over their runner-up and rival Marseille to 15 points, they can be crowned at the earliest on Wednesday if they do better in Angers than OM against Nantes.
“Ney” has a lot to do with it, and this time he was acclaimed by the Parc des Princes. A goal (12th), from a provoked penalty, scored by Kylian Mbappé (45th + 5 sp), the Brazilian triumphed in his classic.
His six goals in three matches and some classy gestures on Sunday are a reminder of what a great player he can be. But they do not make the Parisian fans forget the collective bankruptcy against Real Madrid to be eliminated from the Champions League.
The ultras of the CUP (Collectif ultras parisiens) continued with their mood strike. They hardly appeared except chants and whistles against the Marseillais.
Winning OM doesn’t console them, obviously. But PSG are still on track for the record set by Saint-Étienne, who won their 10th title in 1981 under Michel Platini. When PSG was founded in 1970, the “Greens”, born in 1919, won their sixth title as French champions.
Marseille maintains a small advantage
Marseille, which equalized with Duje Caleta-Car (31st), is nine, having been canceled in 1993 after the VA-OM affair.
Jorge Sampaoli’s team closed a run of eight consecutive wins in all competitions, but the week was not too hard.
His first pursuer, Rennes (3rd), lost and OM retains a small advantage over the pack of Champions League contenders, three lengths over the Bretons, five over Nice (4th) and six over Strasbourg (5th) and Monaco (6th). ).
And then the Phoceans’ European dream lives on, after qualifying for the Conference League semi-finals, against Feyenoord Rotterdam, on April 28 and May 5.
However, OM thought they would win back a point from the Parc des Princes when William Saliba headed in a Dimitri Payet free kick (85th). But the goal was canceled after a few minutes of the VAR.
In goal, Steve Mandanda, who shone against PAOK Thessaloniki in the quarter-finals (2-1/1-0), had made way for Pau López, quickly caught up by Neymar’s talent. Instead of hoping for a rebound, the Brazilian received a deep pass from Marco Verratti into extension to get ahead of both the Spanish goalkeeper up front and Valentin Rongier from behind.
This time, Parque, who had whistled for the N.10 after the win in Madrid, spared no joy in celebrating this goal, the sixth in three games for ‘Ney’. And when the stadium announcer announced the scorer’s name, you really had to listen carefully to make out a few whistles from the Auteuil corner. The reconciliation with Neymar seems to be on the right track.
He also got the penalty converted by Kylian Mbappé, his seventh goal in a classic, perhaps the last, just before the break, his shot hit Rongier’s elbow.
But mental frailty still awaits this PSG. A failed exit from Gianluigi Donnarumma in a corner allowed Duje Caleta-Car to equalize after a confused action, where neither Marquinhos, nor Marco Verratti, nor Danilo Pereira could catch the ball.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris deserved their victory for having dominated the debates, although they often fell into the offside trap. PSG were denied no less than three goals for offside, two from Mbappé (35, 76) and one from Messi (40).
These actions have at least allowed the Park to admire the refinement of the “MNM’s” complicity. Too late for the Champions League, but still in time for Ligue 1.