Written By Uche Dozie
League leaders, Paris Saint Germain continued their poor run after a one all draw against Reims in the French Ligue 1 at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.
Neymar Junior had put the French giants in front earlier in the second half, but Balogun Folarin’s late minute equaliser secured a point for Reims in the match day 20 encounter.
It was Reims who held play better, looked more likely to score in the first half and still restricted PSG’s led attack of Mbappe, Neymar and Messi from having just one shot on target.
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However, at the start of second half, the home team gradually got into the game with the introduction of Marco Verrati and four minutes after the start of the half, Neymar scored.
A splendid team effort down the middle saw Messi’s shot deflected into the path of Neymar, who dribbled past Yehvann Diouf before poking the ball the ball into the net with his left foot.
Unfortunately, the leading team were reduced to ten men after Verrati was given thre matching orders after a VAR review agreed that a rough tackle on Junya Iwas committed 14 minute after he was brought in.
It didn’t hinder PSG from being effective as pushed for more goals, but it didn’t materialise as the score remained 1-0.
But Folarin left the home fans in pain after his finish in the 96th minute to restore parity for the away side and increase his goal account to 11 this season.
Balogun ran beyond Ramos before dribbling past Gianluigi Donnarumma and putting the ball into an empty net for a well-deserved equaliser.
The result put the league leaders just three points ahead of second place Lens while Reims are 11th on the standings.
Reims are now on a 13 match unbeaten run since Coach Will Still joined the club and the draw against the Ligue reigning champions delights Still
“It’s magical, honestly. This is why we do this job. To equalise at the 96th minute at the Parc des Princes, in front of so many of your supporters – it’s magical”, He said .
Expectedly, PSG Coach Christopher Gailter was unhappy with his players’ performance after the match.
“Our first half was soporific. Why ? Because there was no rhythm, no intensity. We were quickly cut in two. I had decided, and we had been working on it for a while, to play with two lines of four, but we saw that we were in great difficulty. We suffered the events, we also quickly abandoned our defense. And against this team which has been playing well for 13 matches and now 14, we come back to 0-0 by being lucky. But we are not happy, not at all. The content of the first 45 minutes was very insufficient and not at all satisfactory.
In the second period, we changed the midfield by being in a diamond shape, with Neymar behind the two attackers to have better offensive animation but also to thwart their ball exit in 4-3-3 with the midfield in front of the defense. We are lucky to be able to score quickly but afterwards, there are match facts, the fact of being at 10. But overall, obviously we cannot be satisfied with what we have done tonight. It’s not a matter of being worried, but we have to get back to winning ways and we have to be much more together on the pitch than we are now. »
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