Midfielder Thilo Kehrer’s goal only helped PSG win a draw against Lyon in round 20 of Ligue 1 on the morning of January 10 (Hanoi time).
In the focal match of round 20 of Ligue 1 season 2021/22, Lyon was the team to open the scoring from 7 minutes. In the 76th minute, Kehrer’s shot in front of the penalty area helped the visitors level 1-1. PSG was lucky in the situation when Kehrer scored, because the shot hit the Lyon midfielder and changed direction, surprising goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
PSG were held to a 1-1 draw in three consecutive away matches in Ligue 1. With the last 5 matches in the domestic league, coach Pochettino’s teachers and students won 2 and drew three. The difference between PSG and the two teams behind, Nice and Marseille, is now reduced to 11 points.
PSG continuously shot themselves in the foot in the Ligue 1 championship race. Photo: Reuters.
Coach Pochettino’s teachers and students have to blame themselves for the trip at Olympique Lyonnais. In 90 minutes, PSG held the ball nearly 70% and made 15 shots. The PSG strikers missed too many opportunities in this match. The element of luck also turned away from the away team many times.
In the 82nd minute, Kylian Mbappe took a free kick to hit the outside edge of Lyon’s goal post. In the first half, the PSG superstar also hit the wooden frame once.
Mbappe missed another tenth chance in the 72nd minute. It was Marco Verratti’s situation where Marco Verratti watched and made a smart pruning for the French striker to escape, but Real Madrid’s goal was to sloppily put the ball in. go off target. Mauro Icardi also cushioned the ball over the bar in the cut and finished with one touch in the 54th minute.
PSG can impose the game against Lyon, but the attack power is not sharp enough. They do not have the services of Lionel Messi and Angel di Maria because of Covid-19. Coach Pochettino must arrange Georginio Wijnaldum to kick the right striker. Both Wijnaldum and Icardi played below average.
Lyon actively defended from the start with a 3-4-2-1 formation. The home team showed discomfort in counter-attacks, especially in situations of transitioning with the ball.
Lyon’s opening goal came from a settlement with only 2 players. Bruno Guimaraes swings the ball long from the midfield line. Lucas Paqueta ducked down to receive the pass, then hit a corner kick to knock Keylor Navas out.
Lyon almost made PSG regret in the last minutes. Rayan Cherki missed a tenth chance for not being quick enough to get away from the last defender. Lyon coach – Peter Bosz – was very angry because of this ball. Then, Cherki’s cumbersome handling made Lyon lose more opportunities to finish PSG.
Starting lineups and scores of players from both teams. Graphics: WhoScored.