Lhe PSG made short work of Reims at the end of the 22nd day of Ligue 1, on Sunday evening. The Rémois seemed to be able to hold the shock in the first period, but they got worse when they returned from the locker room. Final score: 4-0. The scorers? Verratti, twice, Sergio Ramos (his first goal in this jersey) and Danilo. The PSG victory responds to those of Nice, earlier in the day (2-0 against Metz), and Marseille, against Lens (2-0), the day before.
Kylian Mbappé’s PSG, hampered by valiant Rémois until the break, then rolled out a faultless score to acquire a second victory in a row in the league. The capital club retains its thick cushion of 11 points ahead of Nice, and which has additional ammunition with its match to be replayed against Lyon, on February 1 or 10.
Three weeks before the reception of Real Madrid in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League, the Parisians have piled up several good news: Sergio Ramos, holder for the first time at the Parc des Princes, inaugurated his goal counter with the French club qu he joined this summer (63rd, 2-0), and Lionel Messi replayed in the second half after more than a month of absence, between leave and Covid-19 contamination. Marco Verratti contributed to the celebration by scoring his first goal in Ligue 1 for more than four and a half years, with a shot from the left (44th, 1-0) entered with the help of the post, before again shaking the nets on a shot deflected by a Rémois (67th, 3-0). Danilo closed the mark (76th).
Gouiri, Nice’s lethal weapon
The Nice Aiglons continue to soar in the heights of the L1, thanks to the always sharp claws of Amine Gouiri. In the absence of Andy Delort, package, the 21-year-old striker took care of everything: dribble and golden pass for Khéphren Thuram (58th), penalty converted from a “panenka” (86th).
His Sunday could have been embellished with a double, but the VAR frustrated him by signaling an unclear offside (76th). Conversely, the penalty was questionable: ideally served by Gouiri, Evann Guessand fell in front of Vincent Pajot by doing a crunch, without the Metz midfielder seeming to have had much to do with it. Nice has in any case mastered its subject against the 18th in the Championship, bringing its number of consecutive victories to five. Christophe Galtier’s men have 42 points, two more than OM.
Bordeaux lives again
At the bottom of the hole before the 22nd day, with a 19th place unworthy of its means and ambitions, Bordeaux won a match of madness against Strasbourg (4-3) despite the maximum pressure which weighed on its shoulders. The Girondins had just suffered three defeats in a row, including the rout at Rennes (6-0) last weekend, in a heavy context marked by the dismissal of several players and the reprieve granted to coach Vladimir Petkovic.
The former coach of Switzerland, under contract until 2024, can thank his South Korean striker Hwang Ui-Jo, author of a fantastic hat-trick (17th, 39th, 90th). Bordeaux led 3-0, before collapsing before a double from Kevin Gameiro (43rd, 57th) and a goal from Abdul Majeed Waris (90th + 7). But the victory was at the end.
Rennes overturned, Montpellier in the snatch
The misstep of Strasbourg (fourth with 35 pts) did not benefit Rennes (fifth, 34 pts), overthrown 2-1 at the promoted Clermont. The Bretons were even joined in the standings by Montpellier (sixth), winner at the finish against Monaco (3-2). The Héraultais led 2-0 then were joined before winning thanks to Stephy Mavididi in the 91st minute.
If Rennes looks gray, Clermont finds a smile at the same time as the victory, its first since mid-December. The Auvergnats climb to fifteenth place ahead of Troyes (sixteenth), beaten 2-1 by Angers. Clermont is four points ahead of 19th Lorient, the first to relegate, dominated 4-2 in Nantes in the afternoon.