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Latest Football News – Deprived of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappé and with Areola, in the starting line-up, on the bench, Paris Saint-Germain won without worry in Metz (0-2). A penalty from Angel Di Maria and a new goal from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, the third in two games, were enough for Paris to make their first win outside of the season.
Without Mbappé and Cavani (wounded), neither Neymar and Areola (pending transfer), to name a few, PSG did not fly over his confrontation against FC Metz, but he resumed traveling with the smile. While he remained on a sad run of five defeats in his last six trips, the club capital has imposed without force (0-2), thanks to goals from Angel Di Maria, and Eric Choupo-Moting, decidedly unavoidable at the moment.
Rarely, in recent years, the PSG will have lined up such a team in Ligue 1. With two players who made their first professional appearance – Adil Aouchiche in the middle and Marcin Bulka in the cages, instead of Areola, on the departure – and six absentees, Paris has done better than hold the shock at the stadium Saint-Symphorien.
Choupo-Moting, still him
It must also be said that Metz did not really put the necessary ingredients to disrupt the champion of France in title, which has mastered as he knows how to do the first act. In the 10th minute, Juan Bernat took advantage of a big defensive mistake of Mamadou Fofana in the box to get a penalty, converted by Di Maria (0-1, 11th). Led by an excellent Marco Verratti, Paris muzzled an opponent not aggressive enough, which has multiplied the bad choices ahead.
Above all, Metz has been too lax defensively, evidenced by the marking of the Grenats on set pieces of Paris. Already worried by Idrissa Gueye, alone at the far post on a corner but who only found the bar of the head in the 17th minute, Alexandre Oukidja could do nothing on that of Choupo-Moting, the receipt of a coup Verratti Franc (0-2, 43). The third goal of the Cameroonian in two league games.
In the second half, Paris no longer left the ball to the locals, but Bulka, for his first with Paris-Saint-Germain, had no intervention to perform before a shot from Boulaya, after the hour of play ( 64th). Metz lacked presence in the surface, often unable to create gaps, while Paris, without its constellation of stars, put the necessary ingredients to not shake: a lot of effort to the loss of ball and a solid block behind. All to pocket his first success of the season away, which allows him to temporarily take the lead in Ligue 1.