PSG crushes Marseille in the Classic, despite the injury exit of Kylian Mbappé

2023-09-24 21:30:49

In total control, the Parisians left no chance to the overwhelmed Marseillais (4-0), Sunday, in the shock of the 6th day.

The capital maintains control over the Classic. Paris Saint-Germain got the better of Olympique de Marseille (4-0) during the 6th day of Ligue 1, Sunday September 24, at the Parc des Princes. Luis Enrique’s players had an almost perfect evening and delivered their most impressive performance of their start to the season, which allowed them to regain their place on the championship podium.

However, the evening could have taken a much less encouraging turn since Kylian Mbappé, injured in the 7th minute, came off with an injury half an hour into the game. Hit in the left ankle on the foul which led to the opening score , the French international went out for the first time to get strapped, before leaving his partners for good to go straight to the locker room. “It’s nothing important, it’s a blow and ultimately it’s fine”wanted to reassure Luis Enrique at the microphone of Prime Video just after the meeting.

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Without their star striker, who had scored eight of the club’s first 12 goals this season, PSG players took the opportunity to shine. Mute since their arrival this summer, the two attackers Randal Kolo Muani and Gonçalo Ramos have unlocked their counter. The first was opportunistic at 2-0, after a shot which had just bounced off the post (37th). The second, who came on to replace Mbappé, scored twice (47th, 89th) to kill the suspense.

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They were not the only ones to shine in what is Paris’ biggest victory against Marseille (tied with matches in 1978, 2017 and 2019). Achraf Hakimi kicked off the great Parisian evening by opening the scoring with a splendid direct free kick (8th), four days after having already scored in the Champions League against Dortmund (2-0). Very active on his right side (94 balls touched), he was directly involved in the first two Parisian goals this evening (it was he who hit the post just before Kolo Muani’s goal) and was a constant threat.

Surprise in Luis Enrique’s starting line-up, Bradley Barcola showed a lot of desire on his left side, especially in the first half. Tireless in recovering the ball, Manuel Ugarte continued his excellent momentum from the start of the season.

Opposite, OM spent the match chasing the ball (only 24% possession). The players of interim coach Jacques Abardonado were stifled by the Parisian control and did not succeed in bringing danger to Gianluigi Donnarumma’s goal, beyond the crossbar of Vitinha (22nd) and the shot of the same Portuguese, countered at the last minute by Marquinhos (12th). After a week of crisis, OM suffered their first defeat of the season in the league and are now in 7th place.

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