Draxler saves PSG in discount with two less players

The German scored in added time in a crazy game and in which the Parisians finished with two less players due to Diallo's red card and Bernat's injury.


The PSG script at this start of the season could have been perfectly signed by a dramatic novelist. The Parisians beat Metz narrowly in injury time and with two players less, as Diallo was sent off in the second half and Bernat was unable to continue due to injury. It is the first win of the season for the Ligue 1 champions after defeats against Lens and Marseille.

The numerous losses of PSG, including Mbappé, Neymar and Marco Verratti, forced Tuchel once again to draw a rather improvised line-up. Keylor Navas, Marquinhos and Icardi returned to the eleven after their positives in coronavirus and the young Bakker was the main novelty on the left side, as well as Abdou Diallo in the axis of the rear. In front was a Metz that had the great news of the return of its best player, Habib Diallo.

The match started with a spectacular pace. Metz wanted to deepen the crisis at PSG and had two very dangerous occasions in the first minutes. The clearest one, a one-on-one by Ibrahima Niané against Keylor Navas, which the Costa Rican repelled, anticipating the Senegalese's first control. The nerves were established in Paris, although the first minutes of the visitors were a mirage.

Like last season, Ángel Di María was the one who took the reins of PSG's attacks against the casualties of Mbappé and Neymar. The Argentine, who is the player with the most minutes in Paris since Tuchel landed on the bench, generated two clear goal situations. The first, in a splendid cross for Icardi that the forward did not take advantage of with his head and the second was a spectacular pass for Sarabia that Oukidja took. However, Metz was able to go ahead a minute later through Boulaya, but Keylor Navas was imperial holding the playmaker from “Les Messins” .

PSG, practically dominating at will during the entire first half, once again forgave a great occasion generated once again by Ángel Di María. The former Real Madrid player leaked another magnificent pass to the back of the Metz center-backs that left Draxler alone against Oukidja. The German finished very centered and the Metz goalkeeper made a great save to avoid the first of the Parisians.

PSG could not start the second half worse. Abdou Diallo saw the second yellow card in the 65th minute after losing a duel with Ibrahima Niané and the former Dortmund player became the sixth sent off by the Parisians in the last two games. PSG have had more sent off this week than in the 62 games leading up to Olympique de Marseille. Tuchel was forced to bring in Kimpembe to try and balance an overnight team dependent on Di Maria's talent.

Oukidja saved Metz again by making a spectacular save from point-blank range to a shot from Icardi in the 77th minute. The former Strasbourg player again intervened decisively after a shot from Di María a minute later, kicking off a shot again very difficult to repel. PSG created danger with one less player, but without finding the goal that was resisting them so much. The bad news accumulated, as the team finished the game with 9 players due to Bernat's injury.

With numerical superiority, Metz took pity on PSG. Kimpembe saved Ibrahima Diallo's goal with a great cut and Maiga forgave what would have been Hongon's first goal in front of the area. That allowed Draxler to head in injury time, in a dramatic finish that allows Tuchel to breathe after the first two losses of the season.

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