Paris Saint-Germain coasted to a 2-0 victory over SC Bastia last night with Mr Underrated himself, Maxwell, stealing the show with a world class goal and performance to match.
The veteran who will more than certain hang up his boots at the end of the campaign, or at least be playing his trade outside of Europe, was magnificent. All our play, particularly in the first-half, came down the left-hand side and he was integral to all that.
His goal was a stroke of genius to make it 2-0. Angel di Maria who was also on par with the performance he had, played a telling ball over the top that bamboozled Giles Cioni who tried to head away but there was Max just behind to volley home from an acute angle. Jean Leca in the SCB goal stood absolutely no chance.
Prior to that, the opening 25 minutes were pretty mundane from our point of view. The Corsicans certainly had the better openings via Seko Fofana who went close on two occasions. Public enemy number one Brandao started the game up top. Who could forget his altercation with Thiago Motta last season, which ended up with a six-month ban and a prison sentence? The Parisian players certainly didn’t forget with a few robust challenges; with TM also getting in an early dig. It was a spicy opening quarter that is for sure.
It took us 29 minutes to have a real effort on goal and it resulted in us taking the lead via the skipper Thiago Silva – or so we thought. Di Maria’s irresistible corner eluded the men in white and there was an unmarked TS to get a header on target. There was slight confusion as to whose goal it was as Motta also got a touch but replays showed that it was in fact the midfielder’s goal.
10 minutes later, Max made it 2-0 with that peach of a volley. Di Maria played a key role in that. The Argentine continuing his form from before the winter break. Everything was flowing through the former United man and his link-up play is pivotal in the final third. He was just pipped to the man of the match vote on 1970 PSG’s Twitter by Maxwell.
The second-half saw little action in truth; the game was already won. That did not stop Kevin Trapp having a jittery moment that nearly resulted in a goal. Had it done, then who knows what may have transpired? But, it’s another incident that has some PSG fans calling for the return of Salvatore Sirigu.
The victory has now put us an astonishing 22-points clear at the top. Amazing! It beggars belief in all honesty. The coach was glad to get the win and continue the momentum from before Christmas. As quoted by the club’s official site, he said; “Like I said to the players, we needed to get straight back into our winning ways. We need to get straight back into the rhythm in this month of January, both mentally and physically. We weren’t good in the opening 20 minutes, but I still liked our performances because we were very focused and the attitude was very good”.