It is now eight straight league wins in a row for Paris Saint-Germain thanks a 2-1 victory away from home over Lorient last Saturday. After the tragic events of the previous week, the champions were still able to come out on top in a game where both teams can be proud. It has been a horrific time in France as a whole but the players, staff and the supporters all showed tremendous togetherness.
Goals from Hervin Ongenda – who was given a rare start – and Blaise Matuidi were the difference despite the hosts pulling a late goal back thanks to Benjamin Moukandjo.
Ongenda, who made his first start of the season, was joined by another youngster handed a rare outing by coach Laurent Blanc. Presnel Kimpembe partnered Thiago Silva at the heart of the defence and was terrific. He was instrumental in the second goal by his Matuidi as it was he won the ball to begin with.
PSG were not fully at the races on Lorient’s artificial pitch but Ongenda conjured up a clever finish with the sole of his foot to open the scoring in the 26th minute. The assist came from Gregory Van der Wiel who pinged the ball in with his left foot.
Coach Blanc was forced to shuffle the pack with so many of his senior players out due to injury. Javier Pastore and Marco Verratti already had known issues but the likes of Angel di Maria, Ezequiel Lavezzi and David Luiz all picked up injuries on international duty.
Thankfully their absences were to be of no consequence. Matuidi made it 2-0 on the half hour mark and reeled off pointing to the heavens in honour of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks the week before. Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided the assist but young Kimpembe’s tenacity to win the ball back resulted in the attack.
In the second-half the game was somewhat petering out from our point of view. We did not really go for a third or fourth to kill the game off but instead FCL pulled a late goal back and were pounding for an equaliser in the dying embers. Thankfully we held on and the important thing is that we now have a 13-point lead at the top ahead of Lyon.
It would take the mother of all collapses for us to throw that away now and with the form we are in, it doesn’t look likely! Allez Paris!