Paris SG vs Ajaccio Live Reddit Soccer 21 October 2022
Messi has missed PSG’s last two games in all competitions – draws with Stade de Reims and Benfica – with a calf complaint. Neymar returned for the latter of those two, a 1-1 score which all but guaranteed Paris’s progression from UEFA Champions League Group H, and ‘MNM’ could be reunited on Sunday. The third member of that formidable strike force, Kylian Mbappé, scored PSG’s goal against Benfica from the penalty spot, and will no doubt be relieved to have Messi and Neymar for company after the blank against Reims. “He’s a lot better, but he still has that feeling that could be problematic in a game of this importance, and he preferred to sit it out. We’re going to see how it progresses during the week, and it’s very probable that he’s available for Marseille.”
As well as Ramos, PSG will be without defenders Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes, who both have hamstring injuries. With two of their first-choice back three out, Danilo Pereira and Nordi Mukiele should join Marquinhos at the back. But they have been hot on their heels this season, Igor Tudor picking up where Jorge Sampoli left off and leading OM to seven wins from his first 10 Ligue 1 Uber Eats games to sit in third, with surprise package FC Lorient sandwiched between the Classique pair. Lorient leapfrogged Marseille last weekend, les Phocéens slipping up at home to AC Ajaccio, but Tudor’s men got back to winning ways against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday, winning 2-0 thanks to a Mattéo Guendouzi penalty and goal from Amine Harit.
Both PSG and Marseille rested starters with an eye on midweek Champions League games and their showdown next Sunday. Marseille came a cropper, despite Dimitri Payet’s 100th Ligue 1 goal. PSG escaped with a draw, despite Sergio Ramos’ 28th career red card. PSG coach Christophe Galtier made five changes from the team that drew 1-1 away to Benfica in midweek and his side spent much of the first 40 minutes on the back foot. Reims pressed but struggled to create clear-cut chances while PSG were dangerous on the counter-attack. Yehvann Diouf flew to his right to save a drive by Fabian Ruiz and then blocked a powerful shot from Kylian Mbappe, when the only one of the three PSG superstar strikers to start, broke clear after 33 minutes.
Two minutes later, Marshall Munetsi spun in the PSG box but Gianluigi Donnarumma, the hero against Benfica in midweek, saved the low shot at full stretch. Four minutes before half time, Ramos argued himself into two quick yellow cards as PSG mobbed referee Pierre Gaillouste to protest a free kick against Marco Verratti. “I know Sergio Ramos well, I am not convinced that the insult that came out was in the direction of the referee. It is a training-ground insult that you hear a lot on the field in Spain. The referee took it personally and sent him off,” said Galtier Reims, who had collected six red cards, comfortably the most in Ligue 1 this season, struggled to exploit their advantage. Abner Zeneli drew a sharp save from Donnarumma at the start of the second half but then the home team ran out of steam.
The game ended with a string of fouls followed by bad-tempered confrontations as Neymar, Achraf Hakimi, who had come on in the 88th minute, and Mbappe, as well as Andrew Gravillon and Bradley Locko of Reims collected added-time yellow cards. “There was a lot of tension, I can’t explain it,” said Galtier. “On both sides, with a lot of duels, clashes, discussions. Neither team was in control.” Earlier Marseille crashed back to earth after crushing Sporting Lisbon 4-1 in midweek and lost for the first time in Ligue 1 this season. “We didn’t imagine that we would remain unbeaten all season but it’s certainly hard to lose at home to the last-placed team,” said coach Igor Tudor, who said he was “very angry”. Tudor made seven changes to the starting lineup that beat Sporting.
His team took the lead after 15 minutes when Dimitri Payet converted a penalty afer a handball by Ajaccio defender Cedric Avinel. It was the 35-year-old playmaker’s 100th Ligue 1 goal, 16 years after his first for Nantes. The Velodrome crowd’s delight did not last long. Ajaccio striker Bevic Moussiti-Oko equalised with a low left-footed shot, his first Ligue 1 goal, in the 25th minute. The Corsicans had only scored five goals in nine matches before Saturday, but got some help when Argentine defender Leonardo Balerdi, who scored for Marseille on Tuesday, put the ball in his own net in the 47th minute. Marseille pressed but the equaliser never came. “I feel like even if we had played 200 minutes, we still wouldn’t have won,” said Tudor.
Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain welcome Nice to the Parc des Princes on Saturday as coach Christophe Galtier faces his former club for the first time since moving to the capital. PSG failed to score in three meetings with Nice last season, including during their surprise French Cup exit, but have been finding the net for fun this term. The front three of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi have 27 goals between them already this campaign and all of the trio also scored for their countries during the recent international break. Despite a flying start to their Ligue 1 title defence with seven wins and one draw, Galtier’s men only boast a two-point lead over rivals Marseille. The southerners could take top spot on Friday when they visit Angers. PSG will be hoping for a routine victory ahead of their top-of-the-table Group H clash at Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Nice, backed by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, were expecting to challenge for the top three this season after a transfer window which saw Kasper Schmeichel, Aaron Ramsey and Ross Barkley among the players to arrive at the Allianz Riviera. But under new coach Lucien Favre, in his second spell in charge, the ambitious club have mustered just two wins in eight matches and sit only two points clear of the relegation zone. Marseille, meanwhile, have prospered under new boss Igor Tudor and remain unbeaten. Alexis Sanchez has scored four goals in seven league appearances since his move from Inter Milan and on-loan Arsenal player Nuno Tavares has netted three times from full-back.
OM, without a French league title since 2010, have given themselves an outside chance of stunning PSG and going one better than last season’s runner-up finish. Elsewhere this weekend, third-placed Lorient bid for a fifth successive win when they host Lille on Sunday. Lens will put their unbeaten record on the line against a Lyon side looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat following a strong start to the season. Player to watch is Marcin Bulka: Polish goalkeeper Bulka was given the nod for Nice’s last Ligue 1 game before the international break, a 1-0 loss to Angers, in place of summer signing Schmeichel. French media reports claimed former Leicester ‘keeper Schmeichel had unsettled the dressing room since joining. The best moment of Bulka’s career to date came against Saturday’s opponents PSG in last season’s French Cup while on loan from the capital giants.
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NAME: AC Ajaccio – Paris Saint-Germain
DATE: 21 Oct 2022
TIME: 19:00 UTC
VENUE: Stade Francois Coty, Ajaccio, France