After a first round of completely crazy matches at 7 p.m., the 7th day of Ligue 1 continued with a second series of enticing matches, since PSG, OM, OL or Nice and Lens were on the bridge. And we start with the leader of Ligue 1, who moved on the lawn of a Metz in great difficulty, especially defensively. We had proof of this with a goal conceded in the first minutes of the match. Neymar launched Icardi in depth. The Argentinian stung his ball, cleared at the last minute but it came back to Hakimi’s feet who finished (0-1, 5th) despite a new attempt to clear Udol.
PSG started the match ideally and could quickly increase the score but Mbappé missed three opportunities (7th, 10th, 12th). Positioned in 4-3-3, Pochettino’s men put the necessary intensity and recovered the ball very high. The Parisians did not make the break and Metz finally came out of his apathy to put more harshness in the duels and ignite Saint-Symphorien. He was rewarded with the equalization of Kouyaté, a magnificent header from a corner (1-1, 39th). And the Messins came close to taking the advantage. Perfectly launched in depth, Gueye fell on a great Navas (45th)!
Back from the locker room, Paris went on the attack again and again suffocated its opponents. But after Mbappé in the first period, it was Neymar who lacked precision, like a failed control (53rd) or an off target (57th). Hakimi, launched by the Brazilian, could not find the frame (65th). Despite the entries of Di Maria and Herrera, PSG still did not find the solution, encountering a Metz block well in place defensively, and still did not make a strong impression collectively. But as against OL last Sunday, he got out of it in added time, thanks to a new goal from Hakimi, from the left, after a good pass from Neymar (1-2, 90 + 5th). The match ended in confusion with an Oukidja up against Mbappé.
OM not inspired
The runner-up of PSG, Olympique de Marseille, for his part moved to Angers, author of a good start to the season until last weekend’s defeat against Nantes at home. Jorge Sampaoli had run his team, with tenures from Caleta-Car, Amavi or Luis Henrique. Luis Henrique precisely missed an opportunity to showcase himself by losing his duel against Bernardoni (14th). Less attractive than in its last matches, OM offered a more leisurely pace that the Angevins did not benefit from, apart from a few rare flashes against.
The second half did not lead to any improvement and Sampaoli launched Under and De La Fuente. Angers, for its part, failed to materialize the good overflow of Jimmy Cabot on his right wing. Despite the changes, OM struggled to add insanity to this meeting, the least successful since the start of the season. And it was therefore logical that he shared the points (0-0).
OL got scared
At Groupama Stadium, OL received the promoted Troyes. After the first minutes without rhythm, the Rhone club was dangerous, with Aouar (10th) then Shaqiri (13th). Troyes was not ridiculous and replied with Mama Baldé (20th) and Ripart (24th). However, it was the goalkeeper Gauthier Gallon who stood out the most, with several decisive interventions. Lyon was pushing but Lyon could not find the fault. And, in a scenario that the supporters know only too well, it was Troyes who opened the scoring, with a nice strike from Chavalerin at the entrance to the area (0-1, 45th)
OL had the merit of reacting as soon as the break returned, with Shaqiri’s first goal equipped with his new colors, with a splendid strike from the left, destined for the skylight (1-1, 48th). Troyes also revolted with a huge opportunity harvested by Gerson Rodrigues then Touzghar (59th). And Peter Bosz took out the coaching card by bringing in Dembélé and Toko-Ekambi. It was finally the evening of the summer recruits since after Shaqiri, it was Emerson who scored, after a strike from the right at the entrance to the surface (2-1, 72nd). At the end of the game, Lucas Paqueta increased the score (3-1.87 ‘). The score did not budge and OL could celebrate their victory, won hard.
In the two other meetings of the evening, Lorient surprised Nice by opening the scoring by Monconduit. Lens for its part struggled against Strasbourg, with a dismal first half. Defender Danso was strangely sent off at the start of the second period. Strasbourg took advantage and scored thanks to Ajorque.
The classification of Ligue 1
The results of the 9 p.m. matches:
Metz 1-2 PSG: Kouyaté (39th) for Metz; Hakimi (5th, 90 + 5th) for PSG
Angers 0-0 OM
OL 3-1 Troyes: Shaqiri (48th), Emerson (72nd), Paqueta (87th) for OL; Chavalerin (45th) for Troyes
Lorient 1-0 Nice: Monconduit (23rd)
Lens 0-1 Strasbourg : Ajorque (67th)