Paris Saint Germain managed to overcome a tiring Lyon side on Sunday night after falling behind early on in order to keep their hopes of retaining the Ligue 1 title firmly alive. It was the result Paris needed to get on their return to the Parc and, after Nice’s failure, sets up a two horse race between themselves and Monaco for run-in in Ligue 1.
Despite the pressure to perform it was Lyon who went ahead early on thanks to their top scorer Alexandre Lacazette, who was aided by some poor defending from Paris at the corner. It’s no surprise to see Paris’ back line so timid after heartbreakingly conceding six to Barcelona only two weeks ago but still should be a major concern for Unai Emery going into a crucial stage of the season.
PSG did eventually get a grip of the game and equalised after the half an hour mark with a beautiful team goal; crafted by Javier Pastore and finished off by Rabiot to pull Paris level. The Argentine was brilliant throughout and took centre stage in the second goal too when he set up Draxler nicely who finished in style. El Flaco has been excellent since re-joining the Starting XI and has seemed to thrive under Emery’s management and PSG fans will hope he can keep up his magical form that he has only showed glimpses of up until now in his four year spell in Paris.
Emery’s men lead at the break and other than a half chance that Nabil Fekir couldn’t prevent from going Trapp’s bar, looked to be fully in control. Angel Di Maria nearly added the icing onto a decent performance when his shot blasted narrowly past the far post. Lyon thankfully failed to threaten the Paris defence after half time and looked tired, which is no surprise considering their run of games recently.
What was a surprise however was how anonymous Ligue 1’s top strikers were during the 90 minutes. Although Lacazette did get his name on the score sheet, the Frenchman was kept quiet for large periods of the match; and surprising, so was Edinson Cavani.
The capital club are now four point clear of Nice who have drifted off the boil since the turn of the year, leaving PSG with a clear shootout between themselves and Monaco – who they face in the Coupe De La Ligue final – with the latter holding the upper hand when Ligue 1 action returns after the international break.
Final Score: PSG 2-1 Lyon
Top Performance: Javier Pastore – El Flaco has been on fire recently and was once again the heart of everything good about PSG.
Next Match: Monaco v PSG, Saturday 1st April, 8:00pm – Coupe De La Ligue Final.