The tribute to Lionel Messi hastily mounted for his seventh Ballon d’Or was not followed by a victory against Nice: at the Parc des Princes, PSG took only one point on Wednesday evening (0-0). Deprived of Wijnaldum, Herrera (absent), Paredes, Verratti and Rafinha (on the bench at kick-off), the Parisians did not control the midfielder. Often cut in half, they conceded a few big chances, but Delort was stopped by Kimpembe (17th) then Donnarumma (32nd). Author of the first shot of the match, from a distance in the 9th, Dolberg then missed, alone in front of goal (see elsewhere).
Orphans of Neymar (injured ankle), Mbappé (left) and Messi (in tip) played closer to each other than usual. Certain combinations worked, as on this small pass from the Argentinian to the French in the 64th, but the frame gave way. A constant, this Wednesday evening: Paris has framed 5 times on 22 shots …
Incorporated to everyone’s surprise in place of Amine Gouiri, Kasper Dolberg missed a huge opportunity to open the scoring in the 59th minute. At the origin of the action, Delort changes wings to find Boudaoui on the right of the surface. The Moroccan’s control is perfect and his center too, very strong in the area. Donnarumma and Kimpembe get in the way, miss their intervention: alone at the far post, the Dane is surprised. One meter from the line, he places his header on the Parisian post.
Christophe Galtier recently regretted to see that his men had “lost their defensive qualities”. At the time of going to the Parc des Princes, the Aiglons remained in effect for eight consecutive matches without a clean sheet. But they recovered. The entire defensive block of the OGCN was level. Compact, present in the duels, the Niçois blocked the axis of the field. The Dante-Todibo pair reigned in their surface. Benitez did the rest when called upon. The Colombian goalkeeper won in front of Mbappé then Gueye (27th), but also against Di Maria and on a shot from Nuno Mendes (51st). Good job.