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PSG v Montpellier Live Commentary, 25/09/2021

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I. Gueye (14)
J. Draxler (89)
Parc des Princes


That concludes our commentary of the Ligue 1 fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
PSG host Manchester City on Tuesday, before travelling to face Rennes in Ligue 1 on Sunday. Montpellier return home next week when they host Strasbourg.
PSG put in a professional but not spectacular performance at the Parc des Princes to seal all three points, beating Montpellier 2-0 thanks to Gueye’s effort from distance in the first half and Draxler’s low drive immediately after coming on as a substitute in the second. The hosts shaded both possession and total shots in the match, but a disjointed attack led to fewer goals than the match perhaps could have seen. Neymar and Mbappe were often in each other’s way and the connection between Di Maria and Hakimi was not as fluid as in recent times. The visitors rarely troubled Navas as Germain was held at bay by the combination of Marquinhos and Kimpembe - who allowed just the one glancing header. The win continues PSG’s perfect start; eight wins from eight.
B. Makouana
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Makouana is booked for a cynical foul in midfield - right in front of the referee.
Ander Herrera
90' + 1' Rafinha gets a run out as Herrera is recalled to the bench as we enter injury time.
90' The fourth official indicates three minutes will be added to the end of the 90 for stoppages.
89' Neymar gets on the score sheet with an assist after finding Draxler with space to operate.
J. Draxler
89' PSG DOUBLE THEIR ADVANTAGE! INSTANT IMPACT! He’s only been on the pitch a matter of seconds but Draxler makes his mark on the match, receiving a Neymar pass on the right corner of the penalty area, before firing a low effort that dribbles between Omlin’s legs and in! 2-0 to the hosts!
N. Gioacchini
J. Chotard
88' Dall'Oglio makes a change in search of an equaliser as Gioacchini is on for Chotard.
J. Draxler
Á. Di María
88' Draxler is sent on for Di Maria as the clock winds down.
M. Icardi
K. Mbappé
88' Mbappe is replaced by Icardi with two minutes remaining.
87' PSG are looking to hold on to the ball in midfield and see out the remainder of the match for what would be their eighth-consecutive victory to start the campaign.
85' Savanier’s corner is taken to the edge of the six-yard box for Germain but Marquinhos expertly deals with the danger - getting to the aerial ball first.
83' PSG have won their last six home Ligue 1 games, but they haven’t won seven consecutive games at home in the top-flight since August 2018-March 2019 (15).
G. Wijnaldum
I. Gueye
81' Pochettino responds to Montpellier’s changes with a switch of his own, replacing Gueye with Wijnaldum.
E. Wahi
S. Mavididi
79' The final switch sees Wahi sent on for Mavididi.
B. Makouana
F. Mollet
79' Mollet’s match is over as Makouana is brought on in his place.
L. Leroy
J. Ferri
78' Leroy replaces Ferri in a like-for-like swap in midfield.
77' Neymar threads it through for Herrera but Sambia’s fantastic sliding challenge not only wins the ball from the midfielder but keeps it in play for Ferri to run onto.
75' Ferri picks his head up on the right-hand side and launches a pass down the pitch for Mavididi, but it’s hit too long as Navas comes out of his area to make the claim.
73' Mollet cuts inside from the left and fires a lovely cross into the penalty area for Germain, who gets across Kimpembe and puts a header towards goal. It’s a great chance to get level though it’ll take better to beat Navas in the form he’s in.
71' NEYMAR GOES WIDE! Herrera cleverly lifts the ball over the defence from the edge of the 18-yard box for Neymar, who receives possession on the penalty spot and turns before firing a shot that shaves the outside of the post on its way behind!
69' The games played by Montpellier (28 – 15 goals scored, 13 conceded) and the games played by Paris (27 – 20 goals scored, 7 conceded) have produced the most goals in Ligue 1 this season. Furthermore, in the last nine away Ligue 1 games played by Montpellier, both teams have scored each time (14 goals for MHSC, 15 for their opponents).
67' MBAPPE GOES WIDE! Hakimi steps up on a Montpellier goal-kick and wins possession of the ball outside the 18-yard box before feeding it through for Mbappe. The France international gets to the loose ball ahead of Omlin, before cutting to the right and firing a shot at the open goal which only gets the side netting!
65' Cozza is allowed time and space to deliver a cross on the left flank but the eventual delivery is repelled easily by Marquinhos.
64' PSG are convinced they should be awarded a penalty after Esteve’s tackle on Mbappe gets both the ball and the man inside the 18-yard box. The referee is happy to allow play to continue and VAR agrees after a quick check before a Montpellier throw-in.
62' Another disappointing set-piece for the visitors as Savanier is unable to beat the first man from the right corner.
60' Mavididi curls a shot towards goal from outside the penalty area, forcing Navas into a great diving save. The goalkeeper pushes the shot away and keeps it out of danger - turning it behind for a corner.
58' The Montpellier captain is again at the heart of the attack as Savanier looks to deliver a flat cross over the top of the defence for Germain. It’s a great delivery, but it sails just over the head of Marquinhos and out for a goal-kick.
56' Savanier runs into Herrera, sending the midfielder down to the turf in a heap. It’s a free-kick for PSG inside their own half as they look to spring another quick attack.
54' Savanier and Mollet get in each other's way outside the PSG 18-yard box which allows the hosts to regain possession. Pochettino’s side have had the dominant share of the ball in the second half after being held to 48% in the first half.
52' Sambia gets forward down the right but slips as he’s about to put a cross into the penalty area for Germain as Marquinhos can easily repel the mishit delivery.
50' Neymar calls for the ball on the left and receives it, but his pass forward for Mbappe is easily intercepted by Sambia. The Brazil international hasn’t looked his creative best today; he’s been unable to dictate the rhythm of play - also a credit to the Montpellier defence.
48' Mollet curls an early cross into the penalty area for Germain, but Navas steps off his line expertly and makes a clean catch to deny the visitors.
46' Montpellier get the match restarted from the kick-off!
Montpellier will be forced to come out and attack in the second half, with no reason to sit back and allow for an easy victory. Savanier will need to deliver a higher standard of set-piece, with corners too often failing to challenge the PSG defence. The intent to attack will leave spaces in behind for the hosts, however, who could look to capitalise with their pace on the counter-attack. With a Champions League fixture also coming up in midweek, look for Pochettino to make a number of changes to his side - especially if they get some insurance early in the second half.
The first half at the Parc des Princes comes to a close with PSG up 1-0, thanks to Gueye’s thunderous effort after just 14 minutes. The hosts were clearly the better side in the first half, carving the visiting defence open on a number of occasions thanks to incisive passes from Herrera and Di Maria. Neymar and Mbappe have gotten in each other’s way a couple times however - stifling what would have been good opportunities to test Omlin, who has made two saves so far in this contest. The build-up play looks good from the visitors, but Germain’s inability to get involved in the game has provided for a relatively straightforward 45 minutes for Navas.
45' The fourth official indicates one minute will be added for stoppages.
44' Savanier’s corner is a poor effort that hits Di Maria squarely in the chest at the near post. The Montpellier captain will have to offer better in the second half if his side wish to pull back level.
42' HERERRA HITS THE CROSSBAR! The midfielder manages to control the ball with his right foot, putting it around his marker before whacking an off-balance volley with the outside of his left boot that strikes off the woodwork and goes behind!
41' Mbappé has been involved in 11 goals against Montpellier in Ligue 1 (8 goals, 3 assists), more than any other current team in the top-flight.
39' With just over five minutes remaining in the first period, it doesn’t appear as though Montpellier will be able to level the score before the interval. The visitors have been slightly better in the second half this season however, scoring eight of their 15 goals after the restart.
37' Di Maria goes down under pressure from Esteve, who appears to have stepped on the winger’s foot unintentionally. Montpellier put the ball out sportingly to allow the Argentina international a moment to gather himself - before possession is returned to the visitors.
35' Magnificent work from Mbappe, who beats two defenders inside the penalty area before positioning himself on the edge of the six-yard box. Neymar takes up a similar spot and the two clatter into each other, allowing Cozza to smuggle it away desperately.
33' A PSG attack breaks down after Savanier is pushed over off the ball by Neymar, as Montpellier are able to clear their lines from a free-kick, having survived another onslaught.
31' Sambia has a sight at goal from the right corner of the penalty area and hits a low, driven shot that Navas deals with comfortably.
29' The set-piece is taken short to Neymar, but he’s dispossessed just ahead of the near post by a well-timed Ferri challenge.
28' Gueye slices the Montpellier defence open with a pass out to the left for Mbappe, who gets onto the forward pass and opens himself up to curl an effort - which takes a touch off a defender to put it behind for a corner.
N. Cozza
26' Thuler appears to have injured his hamstring in an attempt to cover Mbappe and will need to be substituted off. It’s a blow for Montpellier, who introduce Cozza to replace him.
24' Di Maria plays a leading pass into the penalty area for Mbappe to latch onto, but Thuler steps across in the nick of time to put the striker off and allows Omlin to collect the loose ball.
22' With their record, Montpellier were always likely to concede a goal or two this evening against PSG. The question for Dall’Oglio is whether his side can keep pace with their free-scoring opponents. Savanier and Mollet have looked lively to start the match but they’ve not had any clear-cut chances as of yet.
20' Gueye brings Ferri down in midfield, catching the Montpellier player’s ankle with his studs. The goalscorer won’t be booked - though he could have been with his challenge occurring right in front of the referee.
18' PSG have won six of their last seven Ligue 1 games against Montpellier (L1), as many as in their previous 17 (D9 L2).
16' Having not built his career on a stellar scoring record, holding midfielder Gueye has netted three goals in his last six matches in Ligue 1. On the other two instances he’s found the back of the net, his side have gone on to finish the match with four goals.
Á. Di María
14' Di Maria's intelligent layoff will go down as the assist for PSG's opener.
I. Gueye
14' WHAT A HIT FROM GUEYE! 1-0 PSG! Mbappe leads the attack but his intended pass for Neymar is met with a deflection that takes it to Di Maria on the edge of the penalty area. The midfielder lays it off to Gueye, who sidesteps an opponent and fires an absolute thunderbolt that beats Omlin!
12' Neymar’s short-corner routine finds Mbappe before it’s returned to the Brazil international. He looks to make something on the edge of the penalty area but his attempted cross is blocked by Mollet who was one of three covering defenders.
10' Di Maria cuts inside from the right and looks to switch the play to Neymar, but the delivery from the Argentina international is lacking as it flies out for a Montpellier throw-in just ahead of their own penalty area.
9' The second set-piece in quick succession is taken to the near post, where Marquinhos is able to make contact with it to put it out for a throw-in.
7' Savanier’s corner from the right is taken towards Ristic on the edge of the penalty area, who volleys the ball at the first time of asking - winning a second corner, this time on the far side.
5' CLOSE! Neymar breaks into the penalty area and drags the keeper off his line before executing a chip which goes over the goalkeeper but also over the crossbar.
3' An incisive pass from Herrera gets Mbappe free on the left-wing, but the forward’s curled shot is blocked well by the retreating Sambia.
1' PSG get the match underway from the kick-off!
Montpellier make three changes from the side that earned a 3-3 draw with Bordeaux last time out. Cozza is replaced by Sambia at left-back, while the introduction of Thuler for Souquet sees Ristic push out to right-back. The other swap is in midfield as Leroy is dropped for Chotard.
PSG make five changes to the XI that beat Metz in midweek. Diallo replaces Mendes at left-back, while wholesale changes in midfield see Herrera, Gueye and Paredes start over Wijnaldum, Pereira and Rafinha. The final alteration comes in attack, where Icardi makes way for Di Maria.
MONTPELLIER SUBS: Nicolas Cozza, Sepe Elye Wahi, Redouane Halal, Nicholas Gioacchini, Beni Makouana, Leo Leroy, Mathias Suarez, Arnaud Souquet, Dimitry Bertaud.
MONTPELLIER XI (4-2-3-1): Jonas Omlin; Junior Sambia, Maxime Esteve, Thuler, Mihailo Ristic; Jordan Ferri, Joris Chotard; Florent Mollet, Teji Savanier, Stephy Mavididi; Valere Germain.
PSG SUBS: Julian Draxler, Mauro Icardi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Danilo Pereira, Nuno Mendes, Colin Dagba, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Eric Ebimbe, Rafinha.
PSG XI (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Abdou Diallo, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Achraf Hakimi; Ander Herrera, Idrissa Gueye, Leonardo Paredes; Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at how the two sides will be lining up - starting with our hosts!
With 15 goals scored in Ligue 1 so far, only PSG have outscored entertainers Montpellier, who are coming off the back of a dramatic 3-3 draw with Bordeaux. Sitting in 11th position at the start of play, Olivier Dall'Oglio’s side have failed to win in each of their last five meetings with Paris - since a 3-2 victory in 2019.
League-leading PSG are looking to put nine points between themselves and second-place Marseille with a win against Montpellier tonight. Back-to-back 90th minute victories against Lyon and Metz in the league means Mauricio Pochettino’s side are still perfect; seven wins in seven.
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