Without forcing, despite a less successful end to the match, Paris Saint-Germain logically beat Kawasaki Frontale (1-2), this Wednesday, in a friendly Tokyo. Carried by an inspired Lionel Messi, the captain’s club continues with a second victory in this summer preparation.
PSG won Tokyo.
Already winner of Quevilly-Rouen (2-0) on Friday, Paris Saint-Germain continued with another success on the lawn of Kawasaki Frontale (1-2), this Wednesday, Tokyo.
Without really forcing, despite a less controlled end to the match, the French champion did the job, in the wake of a very good Lionel Messi, in this first outing of the Asian tour.
The guardians at the party
In a full stadium, the two teams went blow for blow. Neymar and Mbapp were close to scoring but stumbled on a vigilant Jung while Marcinho and Ienaga gave Donnarumma chills. If the match was rather pleasant despite a difficult pitch, technical errors were very numerous with several badly adjusted passes. This did not prevent Jung from continuing his festival with two new superb stops in front of Mbapp.
By dint of suffering, Kawasaki logically ended up cracking. In sight so far, Messi thought to open the scoring with a low strike pushed back in extremis on his line by Songkrasin. In the continuity of the action, La Pulga opened the scoring with a low shot deflected by Noborizato after a handover from Hakimi (0-1, 32nd). Moments later, however, Donnarumma needed another save to avoid Ienaga’s equaliser.
Paris lowers its guard at the end of the match
With the many changes made at the break, PSG lowered their guard and were not far from being surprised on a strike from Chinen, yet alone to adjust the Italian goalkeeper, again decisive on a low shot from Seko. An inefficiency that the Japanese paid cash. On a school action initiated by the inevitable Messi, Kalimuendo threw himself to take over a perfect low cross from Bernat (0-2, 58th).
In the last half hour, the Parisian substitutes tried to put themselves in evidence. At this little game, Sarabia was the one who made the best impression. On one of his inspirations, Schmidt passed close to the goal against his camp, sending the ball over the post. On the contrary, Kawasaki regained hope on a good recovery from the head of Yamamura (1-2, 84th). A reduction in the logical gap but insufficient to hang the PSG.
The score of the match: 6/10
An overall pleasant match despite the very clear difference in level between the two teams for an hour. The Japanese team spent a lot of time and got many opportunities. We can however regret a very calm atmosphere despite the presence of 80,000 spectators.
The goals :
– In the area, on the left, Mbapp distills a good center at the far post for Hakimi. The right side instantly sets back for Messi, who finds the opposite side netting on his cross shot with the right foot against by a Japanese defender (0-1, 32nd).
– In the axis, Messi shifts Bernat for the first time. The Spanish left-back hands over La Pulga, who slips the ball into space. The former Bayern Munich player crosses low for Kalimuendo, who throws himself to double the lead (0-2, 58th).
– After a corner badly rejected by Kehrer, the ball returns to the feet of Seko, who crosses into the box. At the reception, Yamamura, who crosses perfectly under a header (1-2, 84th).
Maxifoot has assigned a score (out of 10) comments on each player.
Man of the match: Lionel Messi (8/10)
The best player on the field. In the position of playmaker, the Argentinian striker, while playing his rhythm, was clearly the most clinical of the Parisians in this part. Close to scoring on a point-blank shot, he finally opened the scoring with a dvi shot from the right foot. Omnipresent in the game, he is the origin of the second goal following well-felt combinations with Bernat. A very clean game. Replace the 62nd minute with Mauro Icardi (not).
Gianluigi Donnarumma (7.5): an excellent game from the Italian goalkeeper, who made several decisive saves to keep his clean sheet. A reassuring service for the new incumbent. Replace the 62nd minute with Sergio Rico (no not).
Sergio Ramos (5): a more than average copy for the Spanish central defender. Although he was little helped by Hakimi, who was far too offensive, the 2010 world champion was often fooled by the Japanese combinations. He will have to quickly adapt to this defense three. Replace the 62nd minute with Thilo Kehrer (not not).
Marquinhos (5): half fig, half grape. The Parisian captain has certainly made some differences on supported passes, but he did not release serenity, the image of this bad discount for Messi who almost cost a lot in the first period. Still a little soft. Replace the 62nd minute with Danilo Pereira (not not).
Presnel Kimpembe (7): very clearly the best Parisian defender in this match. Aggressive, he made muscular interventions but in the rules of the art to curb the ardor of the Japanese attackers. What to push his coach to hold him back while Chelsea monitors his situation? Replace the 46th minute with Abdou Diallo (6)which was not worried on the whole.
Achraf Hakimi (6): offensively, the Moroccan right-back was very good, with danger brought in and a nice discount on Messi’s opener. On the other hand, he left way too many spaces behind his back, not really helping Ramos. Replace the 46th minute with ric Junior Dina Ebimbe (6)who has secured his hallway pretty well.
Vitinha (5) : a good first quarter of an hour, with availability and some interesting initiatives. Then a sharp decline thereafter with many missed passes and balls lost in dangerous areas. The Portuguese midfielder wanted to play easy, probably a little too much. Replace the 62nd minute with Warren Zare-Emery (not).
Idrissa Gueye (6): a match the exact opposite of Vitinha: average at the start, with an almost fatal ball loss, then better afterwards. The Senegalese midfielder was good in the impact to prevent the Japanese climbs in the axis. He is the only Parisian player to have played the whole match.
Nuno Mendes (6): a generally sober meeting for the Portuguese left side. He was not very dangerous offensively but unlike Hakimi, he was never put in difficulty. Replace the 46th minute with Juan Bernat (5.5), who was very good offensively with a nice decisive pass for Kalimuendo. However, he is guilty of a bad back pass which leads to Kawasaki’s winning corner.
Lionel Messi (8): read comment above. Replace the 62nd minute with Mauro Icardi (not).
Neymar (5.5): aligned in attack with Mbapp, the Brazilian striker has shown determination. He was the first to be dangerous with two fine strikes repelled by Jung. If he delivered a caviar for his French partner, he also had a lot of waste in his passes. A correct match overall even if he tended to forget his pistons, which are often available. Replace the 46th minute with Pablo Sarabia (6), which was his advantage with several chances created. A beautiful entry.
Kylian Mbappe (6): an interesting activity for the French striker, who was the most dangerous player with three clear chances, each time coming up against Jung. Even if he was not very successful in his dribbling, it was he who unlocked the game with a nice opening for Hakimi on Messi’s goal. A game between all smooth. Replace the 46th minute with Arnaud Kalimuendo (6), scorer on a Bernat caviar. A good entry for the young striker, who however showed exacerbated individualism in certain sequences.
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VIDEO: Messi’s opener (0-1, 32nd)
VIDEO: hard work from Messi and Bernat, goal from Kalimuendo (0-2, 58th)