PSG continues to emerge victorious in scenarios where it does not need, at least in France, to give its best version. In Lyon, one of the most difficult fields in Ligue 1, the Parisian team narrowly beat a direct rival for the top of the table. Messi, with a subtle touch in the first half, gave victory to Galtier’s men, who are the sole leaders with a two-point advantage over Marseille, who drew against Rennes at noon. With no time to rotate, as the appointment was very important in the standings, Galtier decided to give Fabián Ruiz the first start of the season. The Spaniard formed a double pivot with Vitinha in a carat encounter . Danilo, for Kimpembe, injured, was the other change of an eleven that PSG fans already know by heart. PSG have hardly played 15 minutes like they did in the first half in Lyon. It bordered on perfection. Messi, unleashed, was a nightmare for the Rhône team. In fact, the Argentine soon found the net, in a transition initiated by Mbappé that ended with an extraordinary shot from the former Barcelona player after a pass from Neymar. Lyon was dying like an animal about to die and PSG gave it life, since Messi and Mbappé missed two chances that could have sentenced the match before time.
Those of Bosz, little by little, were recovering from the goals and had two very clear chances. Lacazette missed, with a header, a great cross from Tolisso and Toko-Ekambi, who was not able to strengthen Achraf’s large estate, finished off a very clear counterattack by the locals. Thiago Mendes, from close range, avoided Mbappé’s 0-2 just before the break. After the restart, PSG put on the handbrake and that gave Lyon wings, which generated more danger due to momentum than individual quality in the final meters. Messi, this time with an extraordinary gesture even seating the goalkeeper , Antony Lopes, had the 0-2, but an immeasurable Lukeba avoided it on the goal line. The local goalkeeper was the savior of the match, avoiding Neymar, the second of Galtier’s men, with an impossible save. Cherki entered to try to give Lyon dynamism, but it was too late.