PSG bounced back in Stade du Moustoir for the week 29 of the French Championship. The Parisians defeated Lorient 1-2 in Britanny. A tiny step to redemption against the bottom of Ligue 1.
Emery decided to align the same defensive line that played few days ago during the sinking in Camp Nou, most probably to help them forget the fastest way possible. In midfield rotation was inevitable with the suspension of Marco Verratti, Motta and Matuidi being injured. Rabiot was selected to play in front of the defense, with Pastore and the young Nkunku higher up on the field. With Lucas out, there wasn’t much of a surprise in the front line: Di Maria took the right wing, Draxler the left and Cavani the center.
The game in five key actions
Pastore delivers a sweet long ball for Thiago Silva but the brazilian’s header finds Lecomte (24’).
Draxler delivers a perfect back heel pass but Cavani misses his one-on-one. On the following corner, Di Maria is searching for Cavani on the first post and in the end it’s Lorient’s defender Jeannot who deviates the ball in his own goal (27’, 0-1).
Philippoteaux pierces Paris side and finds Marveaux who is wide open but his shot is too centered and Trapp grabs it easily (30’).
Moukandjo beats Thiago Silva too easily in Paris box but his backward cross is cleared by Nkunku. The action continues and Draxler intercepts the ball and quickly opens up for Cavani who manages to serve Nkunku. The youngster takes his chance from outside of the box and beats Lecomte (51’, 0-2).
Ciani is quicker than Marquinhos on a corner and his header ends up in Kevin Trapp’s net (68’, 1-2).
The Barca game is still in everyone’s head and PSG certainly showed some weakness from time to time tonight against a weak opponent. However the job has been done and the three points pocketed which was the mission of the day. Let’s wait for the next game in Parc Des Princes against Lyon who is on a solid row (4-2 versus Roma in Europa League, 4-0 versus Toulouse in Ligue 1) to see where PSG really stands after the traumatizing elimination in Champions League round-of-16.