Guest writer Stephen Brandt delivers his inaugural article for 1970 PSG on Les Parisiens’ impressive 3-1 victory over the Galacticos last night.
Columbus Ohio. One club is the best in the world, the Champions League winners; Real Madrid. The other strives to be where the other team is; Paris Saint-Germain! This was the epitome of a glamour fixture.
Paris played their second match in the USA portion of the International Champions Cup. The venue was Ohio Stadium, home for NCAA’s Ohio State University, which has many top teams at the college. Since this was a friendly, there was many changes, and some sloppy play, but overall was a great excuse to watch some football on a Wednesday night here in the States.
Unai Emery adopted a 4-2-3-1 formation, as he did a few days prior against Internazionale in the 3-1 victory over the Italians. 18-year-old Lorenzo Callegari who was a star in that victory, maintained his place in the Parisian midfield.
The match started off with a flyer when in the second minute Jonathan Ikone struck a right footed shot past Kiko Casilla.
Then in the 35th minute, Thomas Meunier struck a shot from outside the box, and hit the top left corner. To not be undone, he scored again in the 40th minute to send Les Parisiens into the an impressive three goal lead.
The match would have stayed at 3-0 up until the interval, had Serge Aurier not gave away a handball in the box, conceding a penalty. Marcelo would subsequently convert in the 44th minute to give some hope to Real Madrid.
Edinson Cavani had a great game, before being subbed off. Despite not getting on the score sheet he had many attempts on goal. The rest of the game was a possession-based, with Real’s coach Zinedine Zidane throwing his son Enzo Zidane on for the second.
The final score was 3-1 PSG.
The final stats – Real Madrid had 52% of the possession, to PSG’s 47.8%. PSG had six shots on target, and Real Madrid had 5.
Join us on Saturday late here in the States when PSG takes on EPL Champions Leicester City in Los Angeles to wrap up their time in the ICC in USA.
I’m Stephen Brandt of Yellowcard Podcast on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ycp. We are an American Podcast on Tuesday’s at 7 to 9 pm EST, and we are on Itunes. The podcast was listed by Major League Soccer as one of the 50 podcasts in America you have to listen to. You can get ahold of the podcast on twitter @yellowcardpod or even myself @yellowcardscb. Likewise, my writing has been featured all over the world, I’m also a staff writer at World Soccer Talk, and have written many articles on the history of the sport in the States, Europe, and Brazil.