For matchday 24 of Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon faced each other at Parc des Princes. The team from the capital went 3-0 up, saw Lyon score two in the second half, but got a 4-2 victory in the end. Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe, Fernando Marcal, with an own goal, and Edinson Cavani scored the goals for the home side. Martin Terrier and Moussa Dembele scored for the visitors.
It was Lyon who had the first opportunity of the match, but after that, PSG made a thrilling first half. At the 22nd minute, they broke the deadlock. After a counter-attack, Di Maria received the ball and danced past Marcal before finding the bottom corner.
At the 38th, it was Mbappe’s turn to score. However, all the credit should go to Mauro Icardi. The number 18 flew into two tackles to make sure his team keeps possession. The Frenchman then was too quick for Lyon’s goalkeeper and put the ball into the back of the net with the most delicate touch.
Honestly, Lyon was lucky to be just 2 goals behind, especially because both Icardi and Mbappe had goals disallowed for offside. And the visitors made things worse for themselves right in the first minutes of the second half when Marcal scored an incredible own goal. It would make any striker proud.
However, the Gones didn’t take long to react. At the 52nd minute, they found a goal from absolute nowhere, when Terrier slotted the ball past Navas from the edge of the box.
Manager Rudi Garcia made two changes on the team, bringing in Tete and Toko Ekambi. And it made an immediate effect. 3 minutes after the subs, Ekambi raced onto a through-ball and had the vision to play in Dembele. The striker adjusted his feet and put the ball into the far corner. No chance to goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
However, the reaction stopped there. At the 76th, PSG’s manager Thomas Tuchel brought Edinson Cavani in and the Uruguayan took 3 minutes to score his goal and put the final numbers on the scoring. PSG 4-2 Lyon.
With the victory, the Parisians are top the league with 61 points, that’s 12 points clear of the second place. Lyon, on the other hand, dropped to the 9th position, with 33 points.
Both teams come back to the pitch in the middle of the week, for the quarter-finals of the French Cup. PSG will face Dijon away on Wednesday, while the Gones will welcome Marseille on the same day.