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PSG v Nice Live Commentary, 02/10/22

2 - 1
L. Messi (29)
K. Mbappé (83)
G. Laborde (47)
Parc des Princes


That concludes our commentary of the Ligue 1 fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and Nice! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
PSG travel to play Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday ahead of a match against Reims in Ligue 1 next week.
Paris Saint-Germain back dig themselves out of a hole of their own making after a sluggish start to the second half and continue their undefeated run to start the campaign, beating Nice 2-1. Messi’s moment of magic from a free-kick livened up an otherwise slow and tentative first half and gave the hosts a deserved advantage at the interval. It took just 60 seconds for Nice to equalise after the restart thanks to Laborde’s anticipatory finish but the introduction of Mbappe once again turned the tides, with the France international slotting home the winning goal seven minutes from time. The win puts PSG on top while Nice sit 13th.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: PSG 2-1 NICE.
90' + 3' PSG are looking to hold onto possession in the final stages, taking every second of time possible during a throw-in. It hasn't been a perfect performance but Galtier will be pleased with the three points above all else.
Pablo Sarabia
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Sarabia's cynical stomp on the calf of Thuram earns the substitute a yellow card.
90' The fourth official indicates four minutes will be added to the end of the match for stoppages.
Danilo Pereira
Renato Sanches
88' Sanches comes off with an injury just 16 minutes after being introduced, with Danilo chosen to shore up the midfield.
Pablo Sarabia
L. Messi
88' Messi's match comes to an end with two minutes left as Sarabia is introduced.
86' PSG are unbeaten in their last 25 home games in Ligue 1 (W21 D4), failing to score just once, against Nice in December 2021 (0-0).
A. Delort
G. Laborde
83' Delort replaces Laborde with just over five minutes left.
N. Mukiele
83' Mukiele's accurate pass for Mbappe is the assist for PSG's go-ahead goal.
K. Mbappé
83' MBAPPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE! 2-1! A poor kick out from Schmeichel puts Bard immediately under pressure, with the wing-back’s pass intercepted just outside the penalty area. Mukiele drives into the box and cuts it back for Mbappe, whose first-time finish beats the goalkeeper! 2-1!
82' Marquinhos wins a cheap free-kick from the pressing Laborde, which gives PSG a chance to clear their lines calmly from a set-piece.
80' Laborde’s unlikely equaliser just one minute after the restart has the match finely poised as we enter the final 10 minutes. Nice will no doubt be happy with a draw but as every minute ticks on the hosts commit more and more numbers forward.
78' Messi again looks to take up a position 18 yards from goal and play a pass through the defensive line but Mbappe - unlike Mendes - is unable to hold his position as he’s flagged for offside as soon as he takes a touch.
J. Lotomba
Y. Atal
76' Atal also comes off with Lotomba selected to play in his stead.
A. Beka Beka
M. Lemina
76' Lemina is replaced by Beka Beka with just 14 minutes left.
74' Mbappe turns on the jets and breezes by Atal, getting into the 18-yard box before putting his cross through two defenders on its way to Neymar. Bard comes across and manages to put in a last-ditch effort that dispossesses the Brazil international, allowing the visitors to clear their lines.
Renato Sanches
Fabián Ruiz
72' A change in midfield sees Sanches come on for Ruiz.
70' Mendes gets into a fantastic position inside the penalty area, keeping himself onside on the shoulder of Atal before receiving Messi’s pass and driving to the byline. It looks to be a simple finish from there but Schmeichel closes the angle expertly to block the shot.
68' Hakimi again tries to put the ball towards the penalty spot from the right-edge of the 18-yard box for Neymar but a sliding Thuram manages to hack the danger away from a position on his back facing towards his own goal.
66' The introduction of the substitutes has slowed the game down a touch after an exciting start to the half, with a number of players needing to get up to match speed in their first club action after the break.
64' Hakimi gets into the penalty area a few strides ahead of Bard and cuts it back for Neymar, who meets the pass with a powerful first-time effort that sails over the crossbar.
K. Thuram
A. Ramsey
62' Thuram is brought on to shore up the midfield, with Ramsey's match at an end.
N. Pépé
R. Barkley
62' Pepe replaces Barkley on the wing in Nice's first change.
60' Nice are looking to make a couple of changes of their own just after the hour, with activity initiated on the bench behind Favre.
Nuno Mendes
Juan Bernat
59' Mendes comes on for Bernat as Galtier makes two changes at one juncture.
K. Mbappé
H. Ekitike
59' Ekitike is withdrawn one minute short of the hour with Mbappe sent on in his place.
58' Barkley fires his set-piece towards the near post but Hakimi makes amends for his earlier foul by clearing the danger convincingly.
57' Hakimi steps across Diop and takes him down beside the corner flag on the left wing, giving Nice a free-kick in a dangerous position.
55' In their 1-0 win at Lyon last time out, Paris became the first team in Ligue 1 history to exceed a +1000 goal difference (+1001, 2958 goals scored, 1957 goals conceded).
53' Diop looks to shape his body to play it wide but he instead threads the needle, looking to play it through Ramos and Mukiele for the run of Laborde but the former Leipzig defender cuts out the pass.
51' CHANCE! Atal again gets in a good position to cross, sending his delivery over the head of Bernat towards the far post. Bard meets it with a wonderful touch to take him inside of Hakimi but the volleyed effort is miscued badly.
49' Laborde’s goal is the first PSG have allowed in Ligue 1 since their 1-1 draw with Monaco at the end of August. It ends a run of four straight clean sheets for the French champions, who themselves have been unable to score more than one goal in their last pair of games.
G. Laborde
47' NICE HAVE THEIR EQUALISER! 1-1! Atal sends a cross into the penalty area from the right wing that bounces right in front of Diop inside the six-yard box. The ball skips past Mukiele and Ramos as well as it continues its trajectory to the far post, where Laborde meets it and beats Donnarumma!
46' Nice get the match restarted from the kick-off!
Already behind, there will be no reason for Nice to throw everything at their opponents in the second half, with Pepe a likely entrant to test the PSG defence with his pace down the flank. Delort could also be utilised beside Laborde in attack, with the striker an isolated figure in the first half. PSG will look to keep everything in front of them and defend with solidity before venturing forward to grab a second, with Danilo an option to hold in midfield instead of the more attacking Ruiz and Vitinha.
The first half at the Parc des Princes comes to a close with the hosts ahead by a single goal to nil, thanks to the genius of Messi. Played for the majority of the match at a walking pace as both sides look to ramp up again after the international break, there were few total chances coming from open play - with Nice failing to register a shot at all. Galtier’s side looked disjointed in spells despite Ekitike’s eager running but took their chance with great precision when presented with a set-piece 20 yards from goal.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: PSG 1-0 NICE.
45' GREAT SAVE! Bernat cuts a pass back to Messi inside the penalty area, with the Argentina captain taking a touch before smashing a high shot at Schmeichel which is pushed frantically over the crossbar!
43' Diop switches play with a lovely cross to find Atal on the right flank, with the wing-back immediately looking to take on Bernat. He beats the defender but fails to get his shot past Ramos, who blocks the effort emphatically.
41' With just under five minutes to go in the first half it’s going to take something special for Nice to equalise, with the visitors struggling to dispossess their opponents and fashion meaningful opportunities.
39' Neymar plays Bernat into the penalty area but Viti’s towering header at the far post prevents Ekitike from testing Schmeichel from close range.
37' CHANCE! This time it’s Messi who creates a distraction by running over the free-kick, with Neymar curling his set-piece narrowly over Schmeichel’s crossbar!
35' Bard charges through the back of Ekitike and gives PSG a free-kick 24 yards from goal.
34' Neymar sees Hakimi run off the shoulder of Bard and looks to play a pass through the lines into the wing-back but it’s intercepted well by Viti.
32' The two sides choosing to employ formations using three centre-backs has created somewhat of a logjam, with a real lack of space in the middle of the park frustrating the creative players of both teams.
30' Atal whips a cross into the penalty area from the edge of the box but Marquinhos rises above Laborde to clear the danger.
L. Messi
29' FANTASTIC FINISH FROM MESSI! 1-0! Neymar runs over the free-kick to create a diversion before Messi steps up and curls his left-footed set-piece into the top corner, leaving Schmeichel rooted to the spot!
Yellow Card
27' Barkley’s turnover in midfield allows Messi to drive towards goal, but Dante comes across and sticks out a leg cynically. It’s a yellow card for the defender, who is unsurprised by the booking while PSG are given a free-kick.
26' Mukiele gets forward and hooks a cross into the penalty area but it’s a simple catch for Schmeichel.
24' Again the final pass leaves something to be desired as Messi glides between two midfielders to open up space before his lax service to Ekitike is easily intercepted.
22' Nice have failed to score in four games in Ligue 1 this season, the joint-highest tally alongside Ajaccio.
20' A fantastic bit of skill from Ekitike takes him by Rosario and Atal before finding Neymar but a well-timed sliding tackle from Lemina dispossesses the Brazil international and allows Nice to clear their lines.
18' A lovely pass over the top from Ramsey allows Atal to race down the right flank but a poor cross into the penalty area ends the move abruptly.
16' Nice look to attack over the top as Rosario launches a pass over the top for Barkley. The former Everton and Chelsea midfielder brings it down well but is unable to fashion a shot as he lays it off to Ramsey to continue the move. Still looking for a way to test Donnarumma, the linesman’s flag is eventually raised for offside on Barkley.
14' Messi is forced to drop deep well into his own half in order to pick up possession, with a real lack of forward thrust stunting the PSG build-up. His involvement in that part of the pitch could help spark a move but his presence around the penalty area is missed as a result.
12' Both Messi and Neymar stand over the free-kick but it’s the former who takes it, sending his scooped effort over the wall but wide of the goal.
11' Laborde’s mistimed tackle brings Neymar down, giving PSG a free-kick 30 yards from goal.
9' A poor pass from Hakimi on the right flank gifts possession back to Nice inside the PSG half but the visitors fail to punish the giveaway, turning back and passing it to Dante in the centre-circle.
7' PSG are in no hurry in the opening stages, switching the ball from left to right in their own half as they wait for the pressing midfielders to expose gaps in behind. The runs forward by Ekitike are being noted but not supplied by the defence.
5' Bard fires a dangerous cross into the penalty area after an industrious overlapping run but his delivery is punched away by a diving Donnarumma.
3' Nice seem to have switched formations in the early stages of the match, with Favre instructing his side to shift to a three-man defence in order to mirror their opponents. Rosario has dropped in to play as the third centre-back, with Atal and Bard the wing-backs.
1' Paris Saint-Germain get the match underway from the kick-off!
Nice make six changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Angers last time out. Schmeichel comes in for Bulka in goal while Viti is chosen to replace the suspended Jean-Clair Todibo and Atal is preferred to Lotomba at full-back. Rosario partners Lemina in midfield instead of Thuram and two former Premier League players also get a start as Ramsey and Barkley come in for Pepe and Laborde.
PSG make four changes to the XI that beat Lyon 1-0 on September 18. Mukiele enters the defence ahead of Danilo while Vitinha replaces an injured Verratti in midfield. Bernat is selected at left wing-back instead of Mendes and Ekitike is given a chance at striker with Mbappe on the bench.
NICE SUBS: Nicolas Pepe, Mads Bech Sorensen, Jordan Lotomba, Marcin Bulka, Kephren Thuram, Bilal Brahimi, Alexis Beka Beka, Andy Delort, Antoine Mendy.
NICE XI (4-2-3-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Melvin Bard, Dante, Mattia Viti, Youcef Atal; Mario Lemina, Pablo Rosario; Sofiane Diop, Aaron Ramsey, Ross Barkley; Gaetan Laborde.
PSG SUBS: Keylor Navas, Nuno Mendes, El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Warren Zaire-Emery, Danilo Pereira, Renato Sanches, Carlos Soler, Kylian Mbappe, Pablo Sarabia.
PSG XI (3-4-1-2): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Nordi Mukiele, Marquinhos, Sergio Ramos; Achraf Hakimi, Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz, Juan Bernat; Lionel Messi; Hugo Ekitike, Neymar.
With 15 minutes to go let’s take a look at how the two teams are lining up - starting with our hosts!
Nice have beaten PSG in their last two meetings, with a 1-0 victory in the league last season adding to a Coupe de France win after penalties. The Cote d’Azur club have not started brilliantly under new coach Lucien Favre, alternating losses and wins in their last five league matches which has them in 13th place.
Undefeated to start the season, PSG still find themselves a point behind Marseille at the top of the table, albeit having played a match fewer. Owners of both the best attack and the best defence in the league, Christophe Galtier will be looking for a good performance from his side against the club he used to coach.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the Ligue 1 fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and Nice!