PSG barely beat Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League

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PSG barely beat Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League

The game: 1-3

An average PSG will have been enough to win in Israel against the modest Maccabi Haifa, who had the merit of casting doubt on one of the contenders for the final victory, during this second day of the Champions League. The Parisians, who share the head of their group (H) with the Benfica Lisbon, winner of Juventus (2-1)in Turin, suffered for a long time, before making the difference in the second half.

The scenario would certainly have been simpler for Christophe Galtier’s men if Kylian Mbappé had been effective from the start. We were barely over the minute of play when the Blues striker presented himself in front of Josh Cohen, but the goalkeeper pushed back with the end of the gloves (2nd). Then, after a new race started on the left side, his hook was much too long (11th).

The problem is that the breath of this start quickly died down. The Israelis put more impact in the duels and dared to engage. After Mohammad Abu Fani (11th) and Frantzdy Pierrot (15th) called on Gianluigi Donnarumma, the Italian goalkeeper had to bow to Tjaronn Chery’s superb acrobatic recovery, behind Vitinha (24th).

Fortunately, after a new alert signed Pierrot, whose goal was logically refused for an offside (33rd), Mbappé finally had success, since he saw his center in the box involuntarily returned by Dylan Batubinsika – the central defender trained at PSG – at Lionel Messi, for an equalizer closely (37th).

Nothing very reassuring, all the same, for the Parisians, still under pressure from attempts by Omer Atzili (43rd) and Chery (45th + 2), before the break. After ? Nothing really new. Atzili (49th), Pierre Cornud (52nd), the other Frenchman from Maccabi, and Abu Fani (58th) tried their luck.

But PSG ended up taking the upper hand thanks to their talented players. On a Messi-Mbappé school action, the first sent the second to score the 2nd goal (69th), and that of deliverance came at the very end of the match, the discreet Neymar, until then, taking advantage of Marco Verratti’s superb opening to show off a little (88th).

The Parisians can therefore thank the MNM, which will have been decisive, by only shining intermittently.

The player: the top Messi

For his first match against an Israeli opponent, the Argentinian international scored again (37th), as against teams from 18 other nations, in the Champions League, until then. By scoring against a 39th different opponent, he even set a new record, now ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. Beyond these statistics, the Pulga was very present in the second half, forcing Cohen to work on cross strikes (62nd, 64th), before being a decisive passer for Mbappé (69th).


By scoring in the second half (69th), Kylian Mbappé scored his 30th goal in 46 Champions League matches, thus equaling the Parisian record in the competition held by Edinson Cavani.


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