Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG stormed the leadership of Ligue 1 giving a blow of authority at the Groupama Stadium, where he humiliated Lyon with a resounding 2-4 which, had they won, would also have been in the lead after previously losing the Lille against Nimes (1-2).
Kylian Mbappé totally won the top gunners’ duel against Memphis Depay with another outstanding performance that culminated in two goals (Pichichi reaches 20 in Ligue 1), but withdrew with discomfort. Neymar entered his place, who reappeared after a month and a half off due to an adductor injury.
A match without color
The match at the summit of the day in France had no color. Lyon was a toy in the hands of PSG, led by a sublime Mbappé. And that Rudi Garcia opted for Mattia De Sciglio on the right side instead of the usual Leo Dubois to stop the young French star.
Mbappé did what he wanted both on the left side of the attack and on the other from the start of the game. He already warned of his intentions in the 6th minute, going for speed and putting a perfect cross that Moise Kean finished off first, but Anthony Lopes avoided the goal.
Mbappé opens the scoring
Mbappé only took a quarter of an hour to open the scoring when he took advantage of the rejection of goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to a shot from Marco Verratti. The Pichichi of Ligue 1 controlled, shot and scored after passing the ball between the legs of De Sciglio and Lopes.
Lyon was a team caricature, their captain Memphis Depay barely came into play and Lucas Paquetá and Maxence Caqueret lost the battle in midfield to Danilo Pereira and Idrissa Gueye.
A Lyon exceeded all levels
The PSG had more spaces and attacked them decisively, with a vertical and fast game in the transitions that destroyed a Lyon surpassed at all levels.
The 0-2 came after half an hour. Presnel Kimpembé crossed, Marquinhos went down on his head and Danilo, soon out of the boat, shot. The second half remained, but Lyon’s hopes of a reaction were dashed a minute after the game was restarted with a goal from Ángel Di María, whose poisoned free-kick from the right slipped into the net without any player ever touching it.
Mbappé scores the 0-3 and Depay, substituted
Lyon’s ordeal did not end there. Karl Toko Ekambi forced Keylor Navas to intervene for the first time with a save, but PSG responded with a lethal counter. Verratti sent a long ball that allowed Mbappé to escape alone and beat Lopes (52 ‘).
Dejected, Rudi Garcia ordered a triple substitution in the 56th minute and pointed most notably at Captain Depay by retiring him along with Tino Kadewere and Thiago Mendes. It was precisely the replacement of Depay, Islam Slimani, who saved Lyon’s honor with a whiplash from outside the area (62 ‘).
Mbappé retires and enters Neymar
Despite the 1-4, an insatiable Mbappé had a couple of occasions to achieve the ‘hat trick’. In one of those shots he felt discomfort and asked for the change, entering in his place Neymar, who reappeared a month and a half after suffering an injury to the adductor (70 ‘), but barely intervened.
Lyon did not throw in the towel and scored again on a ball from recently entered Rayan Cherki, Alessandro Florenzi went wrong on the cut and left only Maxwel Cornet, who did not miss against Keylor Navas (81 ‘).
On April 3, PSG-Lille
Had he still left? There could have been, but Keylor avoided it in a display of reflexes to get Slimani’s shot from point-blank range (83 ‘). PSG had no more scares and returned to being the leader of Ligue 1, nine games and two months later, by better goal difference than Lille. Lyon is three points away. On April 3, after the national team break, PSG-Lille in the Parc des Princes.
Lyon: Lopes; De Sciglio, Marcelo, Denayer (Diomande, 78 ‘), Cornet; Paquetá, Thiago Mendes (Bruno Guimarães, 56 ‘), Caqueret; Kadewere (Dubois, 56 ‘), Depay (Slimani, 56’) and Toko Ekambi (Cherki, 74 ‘)
PSG: Keylor Navas; Florenzi (Dagba, 86 ‘), Marquinhos,
Kimpembe, Abdou Diallo; Danilo Pereira, Gueye
(Ander Herrera, 86 ‘); Di María, Verratti, Mbappé (Neymar, 70 ‘); Kean (Draxler, 91 ‘)
Goals: 0-1 Mbappé (15 ‘), 0-2 Danilo Pereira (32’),
0-3 Di María (47 ‘), 0-4 Mbappé (52’), 1-4 Slimani (61 ‘),
2-4 Cornet (81 ‘)
Referee: Clément Turpin. Yellows to Kadewere (40 ‘), Diomande (91’)
Stadium: Behind closed doors at Groupama Stadium