After its defeat in Rennes, Paris relaunched against Angers (2-1) but without the manner and taking advantage of a generous penalty.
The two-week truce, due to international matches, was not profitable for PSG. We left the unrecognizable Ile-de-France team in Rennes and it was hardly better this Friday during its duel against Angers. Against Gérard Baticle’s men, the players of the capital were not far from suffering a new underperformance. In the end, they got away with it and quite happily.
Paris forces the decision on a questionable penalty
While they were led until twenty minutes from the end, the locals waited for a helmet blast from Danilo Pereira to get back to the place. Then, in the 88th, it was a very questionable penalty that allowed them to secure the victory. A hand from Pierrick Capelle, following a header from Mauro Icardi, was detected at VAR, but the start of the action saw the Argentine striker fouling Romain Thomas. Kylian Mbappé, a providential man, was responsible for transforming the sentence and offering victory to his people.
Before the match, Mauricio Pochettino had assured that his training will keep its competitiveness despite the absence of the South American stars. The observation is that she was still struggling. Certainly, it won by dominating the greater parity of the debates, also notably multiplying the strikes on goal, but the overall performance was relatively messy. If there were new abandoned points, no one would have cried foul.
The long start of PSG
The game could have been easier at PSG if the referee had whistled a penalty in the 16th after Icardi was unbalanced in the box, but this fact of play should not obscure the rest. Even with an bis team, Paris had to do better. Like not waiting for the 68th minute to afford his first shot on target. A cross attempt by Kylian Mbappé, out of two fists by Paul Bernardoni, and which had preceded the equalization of Danilo Pereira.
The Portuguese midfielder relieved his people of a resumption of the head, receiving a magnificent cross from Kylian Mbappé. A great action, but it was one of the few that we have seen on the side of the vice-champions of France. There was also a center shot from Dagba (32nd), an off-target try from Rafinha (55th) and a low shot from Herrera (72nd) also missed. Interesting alerts, except that they were not the consequence of any constructed action but of individual attempts from outside the box.
Angers may feel wronged
To see successful sequences of play, you had to have your eye on the other surface. As on the goal scored by Angelo Fulgini after a rapid attack from the visitors and on which Sofiane Boufal delivered a magnificent center (36th).
The SCO was worthy of a fourth in Ligue 1 in this meeting. Even after the equalizer, the Angévins did not retreat. With a little more application in the last third of the field, they could have regained the advantage in this part. Ultimately, it was in favor of PSG that the match therefore shifted with this penalty from Mbappé.
In the end, PSG secured their 9th victory in 10 matches. But, there is nothing to boast about. It was in pain and with a hint of success that the vice-champions of France regained a taste for victory. Angers, for its part, leaves empty-handed at home, but with its head held high and the annoying feeling of having let a point slip unfairly. “I would rather take five than lose 1-2 under these circumstances,” Romain Thomas blurted out on Amazon Prime at the final whistle.