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PSG lose to Nice without a loss in Ligue 1



PSG suffered their first loss of the season in the French league.  /AFP

PSG suffered their first loss of the season in the French league. /AFP

Kylian Mbappé recorded his third consecutive double in Ligue 1, scoring seven goals in four games, but this time it wasn’t enough for PSG. They were attacked at home by the outstanding Nice (2-3) and their Nigerian striker Teren Moffi. Two many and one assist. It was Luis Enrique’s first loss, but he couldn’t rest in the lead and was only two points away from leading Monaco.

Before the match, the Parc des Princes attended an emotional farewell ceremony for Marco Verratti, who moved to Al Arabi in Qatar after 11 seasons in Paris. PSG lacked exactly the depth and speed that the Italian midfielder brought to the game during the prime of his career.

Nice were very serious about their pressure and teamwork and used that to advance on the scoreboard. Terem Moffi, who had already tested Gianluigi Donnarumma, took advantage of Kylian Mbappé losing the ball near the area and, after being slightly tripped by Lucas Hernández, his shot slid wide of the post. (21 minutes).

Shortly after Kefren Thuram made a tight mid-high shot to make it 0-2, Donnarumma was forced into a fly ball. PSG had to react and they did. Mbappe otherwise put in the lead with a nice deep pass that left Ousmane Dembele alone, but the former Barça player failed to execute with a shot wide of target and with everything in his favor.

However, Mbappé, who until then had been well controlled by Jean-Clair Todibo’s defence, was already activated when Achraf Hakimi received a pass from the right, connecting powerfully at the beginning and bending goalkeeper Marcin Bourka’s hand. We tied the score (29 minutes).

Those were PSG’s best moments as they found space and were able to take the lead in two very clear moments: Gonzalo Ramos’ header and Dembele’s cross that missed the target by millimeters.

Nice, however, had the ball falling to Jordan Rotomba in the area just before the end of the first half, and he surged forward.

The interruption disrupted PSG’s response and there was no continuity in the game, allowing Nice to control the situation and launch dangerous counterattacks without rushing to perfect Italian manager Francesco Faglioli’s approach.

Mofy did the rest. The Nigerian put the entire field in space for him and stole the wallet of the PSG defense in two plays. In the first game, he sat Danilo inside the box and put the ball in at the far post for Gaetan Laborde to score (53′).

Moffi started alone in the second, with neither Lucas Hernández nor Milan Skriniar able to stop him, and he ended his gallop with a left-footed shot from outside the box next to the post (69th minute).

The game looked doomed, but Mbappe did not come on this time and scored a stunning volley three minutes into regulation time, after recently substituted Randal Kolo Muani provided a perfect diving assist.

However, Nice withstood the last challenge and remained unbeaten after five games, leaving them in second place, one point behind Monaco.

Source: Diario.Elmundo

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