Eliminated Tuesday from the Champions League, PSG disappointed again this Sunday, hung by Stade Rennais (1-1) at the end of the 36th day of Ligue 1. Paris is three points behind Lille, which is approaching the title two days from the end of the season.
It’s hard not to imagine a broad smile appearing on Christophe Galtier’s face. While he was obliged to win to return to a point behind the Lille leader, PSG was held in check by Stade Rennais (1-1), this Sunday, at the end of the 36th day of Ligue 1. Result: Lille sits serenely at the top of the standings with three points ahead of its Parisian runner-up, two days from the end of the season. Five days after taking the door in the Champions League, Paris sees the title move away. The Bretons, they carry out a good operation. They return to a small unit of fifth place occupied by OM, synonymous with qualification for the Europa League.
A controversial penalty
The Parisians were however the first to unlock this eagerly awaited duel. On a penalty validated by the VAR, after additional time of the first period, and which has probably not finished talking. Supporting images, the referee Ruddy Buquet felt that there was a fault of Nayef Aguerd on Layvin Kurzawa, long remained on the ground after being hit by the Moroccan defender when arming a volley from the left, at the reception of an Angel Di Maria center. Aguerd’s sole hit Kurzawa’s shin well, the shock is real, but designating the penalty spot on this action may seem harsh. “On the action, for me, he defends. He has the front foot but if we can no longer try to counter the attacker who will shoot, it’s difficult to defend. We have to stop. And if we will see the video each time, it is sure that there will be a little something “, has also railed Damien Da Silva at the microphone of Canal +.
Neymar, he did not ask himself this kind of question. Clumsy in the game, as on this against where he got lost in a series of dribbles while he was in a position to strike (42nd), the Brazilian applied himself to adjust Alfred Gomis, who started on the right side but powerless (40th + 5). Cruel and frustrating for attractive Rennes residents. They could even have found themselves in numerical superiority after a charge from Danilo Pereira in the back of Serhou Guirassy (34th), but the referee did not issue a red card, and did not even whistle anything. Five minutes earlier, Guirassy had believed to deliver his own by shooting Keylor Navas, but his goal had logically been canceled for an offside position (29th). In the game of refused goals, Paris equalized in stride, when the referee signaled that the ball had crossed the limits of the field before finishing in the back of the net of Gomis on a header from Moise Kean (39th).
Kimpembe sees red
In a lively game rich in opportunities, Rennes has never given up. With the desire to be much more conquering, and above all less candid, than during the rout on the first leg (3-0) at the Parc des Princes, in November. Special mention for Jérémy Doku. The Belgian still lacks precision and composure to convert his chances. But his speed and his ability to eliminate his opponents on a gesture make him a hell of a poison for the defenses. Presnel Kimpembe, excluded for having cut it along the sideline (88th), can attest to this. We must also highlight the solid copy made by the young Lesley Ugochukwu (17), propelled holder in the midfield facing the absences of Steven Nzonzi and Eduardo Camavinga, suspended. He showed character for his first start in Ligue 1. Like his team. Like Guirassy, came to equalize with a powerful header on umpteenth a corner from Benjamin Bourigeaud (71st). A logical sanction for the Parisians, struggling in front of the opposing intensity and very little inspired without Marco Verratti and Kylian Mbappé.
Reduced to ten at the end of the match, the Parisians almost left Brittany without a single point. It took a sublime horizontal relaxation of Navas on an attempt by Flavien Tait (90th) to allow his people to save a point. A lesser evil, but the observation is clear: Lille are heading for the title and Paris must also be wary of AS Monaco, which is two points behind second place.