Messi, life goes on the same

There is no post World Cup life for Messi. Like a mechanic in the workshop, like a painter with his brush and like a worker with his brick, the Argentine star returned to his daily routine and did it in the best possible way. PSG beat weak Angers 2-0 and the rosarino, recently crowned world champion, scored a beautifully crafted goal. It was a quiet, very quiet night for the Parisian team, but it served to show that the performance of one of its stars continues as it was signed on December 18 at the Lusail stadium.

The match, between the leader and the bottom team in Ligue 1, It had almost more importance because of the reception of the Parque de los Príncipes to Messi, an alien who no longer needs tributes or celebrations to show that he is one of the greatest in football history. The Argentine was cheered and applauded by a stadium that surrendered, despite having beaten France, to the greatness of the Argentine.

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PSG started as always. Dominating, martyring Angers, bottom of Ligue 1and putting land in the middle in the initial minutes. The 20-year-old Ekitike scored for the fourth consecutive time taking advantage of a great cross from Mukiele on the right. Until then, specifically in minute 5, the gunpowder lasted for the Parisian team in the first half.

The 1-0 made PSG completely relaxed, accustomed to being a team that puts the handbrake on when they see the game on track. The Ligue 1 leader, without Mbappé or Achraf, with Neymar limping on his right ankle every time he touched the ball, played at a lethargic pace, slow, passive, which, although it had no consequences on the result, gave his rival some life. Ramos, before the break, was able to make it 2-0 after an extraordinary free kick by Messibut an immense Bernardoni.

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PSG has been playing the same game for so many years. Ligue 1 allows it, the Champions not so much. The whole of the French capital left alive the Angers, who had, in Sima’s boots, the tie. The striker, feverish against the Italian, sent a one-on-one that could have been the tie to the clouds. Angers dreamed of taking a point from the Parc des Princes. It was going to be in vain.

Because in Lusail, in Paris or on any football field, Leo Messi is still Leo Messi. The Argentine took advantage of a great pass from Mukiele, the second assist for the side, to beat Bernardoni with his right foot. It was another day at the office for him, who shines even on days when it seems like he’s not in the game. Neymar, after a brilliant pass from precisely after a wonderful pass from him, made it 3-0, but the Brazilian was in an illegal position. PSG clinched the victory and added three points that consolidate it at the top of the table.

Double Parisian victory: Lens fails

After beating Paris Saint Germain the previous day, Lens failed at an inopportune moment, when they felt capable of insisting on pursuing the leader of the competition, already six points behindafter drawing 2-2 in their visit to the penultimate in the table, Strasbourg, while Marseille took advantage of Rennes’ defeat to regain third place. Winners of six of their seven previous meetings, Lens only added one point in an accessible field, against an opponent who has only won one of their 18 games in this League.

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First ahead, in minute 10, by Claude-Maurice’s 0-1, Prcic leveled the match for Strasbourg moments later and Kevin Gameiro came back to make it 2-1 after a quarter of an hour. The 2-2 was from Openda after half an hour of the duel. Marseille climbed to the podium. Winning their visit to Troyes (0-2), with goals from Chancel Mbemba in the first act and Jordan Veretout as soon as the second half began, the team led by Igor Tudor took advantage of Rennes’ defeat to overcome them in the standings and retake the Champions League position.

Rennes were beaten at the last minute by Clermont (2-1), with a goal by Johan Gastien in the 94th minute, when the visiting block played with nine footballers, after the expulsions of both Warmed Omari, in the 83rd minute, and Benjamin Borigeaud, six minutes earlier. Rennes have lost two of their last three league games.

Ben Yedder holds on to Monaco

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Monaco retained fifth place at the last minute, in the 92nd minute by means of Wissam Ben Yedder, before the lurking of the Lorient. Their duel ended with a draw at two. Embolo scored first for the Monegasque team, but in two minutes, between 74 and 76, his opponent turned the score around, with goals from Quattara and Moffi, before Ben Yedder made it 2-2. Lyon still hasn’t woken up, tied 0-0 in Nantes, in a lower position in the standings and nine points from the European places.

His rival chained his fourth consecutive day without losing while maintaining the distance -four points- on relegation. Yes, Nice reacted, rediscovered with victory after three games without winning, with a 6-1 win over MontpellierThrough a brace from Nicolás Pepe and a goal from Khephren Thuram in the first half that Delort and Barkley (2) expanded in the second.

The Auxerre, in free fall

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In eleventh place, Reims continues on a roll. For the tenth consecutive matchday they were invincible, with six draws and four victories, the last of which was this Wednesday 0-1 against Ajaccio, who still hold out from relegation and who were defeated at full speed, with a goal in minute 2 of Definitive Marshall Munetsi for the outcome of the match.

Below, the fall of the Auxerre still has no limit. In the relegation zone, there are already four defeats in a row or eleven in 18 days of the course in Ligue 1, after the 0-5 with which Toulouse defeated him. Three of the goals were in the first half. De Fares Chaibi, Anthony Rouault and Van de Boomen. Zakaria Aboukhlal and Thijs Dallinga, in the second part, increased the difference for their team, in the middle of the table. Brest also continue to declineat one point and only from the zone of permanence, thanks to the draw at home with Lille (0-0), which frustrates their assault on the European places, and Strasbourg and Angers.

Changes

A.Salama (60′, A. Hunou), F. El Melali (61′, Pierrick Capelle), Sofiane Boufal (61′, H. Abdelli), Z.Emery (78′, Fabian), C. Soler (78′, Hugo Ekitike), S.Thioub (79′, A. Sima), W.Taibi (79′, B. Mendy), The Chadaille Bitshiabu (85′, Vitinha)

goals

1-0, 4′: Hugo Ekitike2-0, 71′: Messi

cards

Referee: Eric Wattellier
VAR referee: Pierre Gaillouste, Arnaud Baert
Pierre Capelle (52′,Yellow) Miha Blazic (88′,Yellow) neymar (91′,Yellow)

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