The reaction was expected. And she arrived, like a ball. Beaten (31-34) last week among the Hungarians of Veszprem at the opening of the competition, PSG set the record straight this Thursday in Coubertin against Dinamo Bucharest (41-30). The Champions League is finally launched for the champion of France, who holds his reference match at the start of the season.
What you must remember
For this great first in an official match between the two clubs, Paris had every interest in not making the slightest mistake. In a very tough group where we will not have to finish among the last two in order to continue the adventure, Bucharest and the Ukrainians of Motor Zaporozhye seemed to be ideal victims before Matchday 1.
Faced with the Poles of Kielce, winners in 2016, Dinamo (which also lifted the trophy in … 1965) created a sensation last week (32-29), thanks in particular to Raul Nantes, his Brazilian left-back, author of an 11/11. Without forgetting Cédric Sorhaindo, 37, quadruple World Champion with the France team alongside Nikola Karabatic. The No.99 pivot, who played for five years in the capital before joining Barcelona where he has three Champions League titles, joined Romania this summer.
There was hardly any match. A dozen minutes at most, during which the Romanian players responded physically to the fight imposed by the players in the capital. In front of their kop, finally back, Ferran Sole and his partners then proceeded without real opposition. At the break, the case is already heard (21-11).
Upon returning from the locker room, a brand new team from Paris continues the offensive festival. Yann Genty replaced Vincent Gérard (9 saves) in the cages, Elohim Prandi and Adama Keita spin to the sides (28-15, 37th). The logical release in the last ten minutes does not change the situation of course. The spectators stand and sing for long minutes with the supporters. Paris is back.
The player: Dainis Kristopans
Tall in size, and in talent. The 2m15 Latvian, like his teammates on the pitch at the start of the game, needed a little break-in to find the rhythm. His physical strength had no trouble flying over the Bucharest defense. His four goals in the first period echoed last Sunday’s six against Toulouse which allowed him to be part of the major seven of the 3rd day. Sole (6 goals) was also illustrated. On the Bucharest side, Cédric Sorhaindo (9 goals) is the only one to have survived.
“We played a complete, very serious and very solid match, like the one against Toulouse,” notes Nedim Remili. This is a very good thing for the future. The only downside is at the end. We should be able to maintain consistency, but hey… ”
The number: 84
That is the number of goals scored by PSG in its last two outings. Sunday, Raul Gonzalez’s players had already taught Toulouse (43-28). Créteil, the next opponent of the champion of France, Sunday September 26 (4 pm) in the duel of the leaders, is warned …