The Argentine coach raises his first cup thanks to goals from Icardi and Neymar, from a penalty, who reappeared after his injury
The Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino won his first title this Wednesday with the Paris Saint-Germian, the Super Cup France, in a 2-1 win against the Marseille Olympic after an exciting meeting that saw the return of Neymar one month after your injury.
The Parisian team came out attacking, creating danger but without clear chances, with their two midfielders, the Spanish Herrera and the Argentine Paredes, very active moving the team and offering passes for the penetrations of Di María and Mbappé. A clear offside of the young French star prevented him from going up to the scoreboard for the Parisians a bit from Icardi (22).
The Marseillais did not create any real danger, with a Payet too isolated and without balls reaching him. OM’s only chance in the first half was a long shot from Kamara in the 29th minute that was easily stopped by Keylor Navas.
Owner of the ball (66% possession in this first half), PSG increased the pressure on OM, with several dangerous occasions until Icardi opened the scoring.
It was thanks to a very measured pass from Di María, which allowed the Italian to connect a header badly rejected by Mandanda. Icardi himself took advantage of the gift to clinch a goal.
OM came out more ambitious in the second half, with a high pressure that allowed him to shake off the Parisian dominance and take the leading role.
Those from Marseille created danger in the first minutes, although they failed to materialize their opportunities, including a header from central defender Álvaro González just off a corner.
Neymar reappeared just a month after suffering an injury against Olympique de Lyon. Also with the carousel of changes, the Spanish side Pol Lirola, arrived yesterday at OM, made his debut midway through the second half, and received a card a few minutes later for a tackle on Neymar, who created many problems for the Marseille defense.
Despite the mordant that the Argentine Benedetto initially contributed after taking the field, OM was losing steam little by little and PSG was encouraged to try to find the sentence with quick counterattacks.
Good debut for Pol Lirola
And what seemed like the sentence came in a penalty that the substitute goalkeeper from Marseille Pelé did to Icardi and that Neymar transformed. But the Marseille star, Dimitri Payet, managed to give excitement to the final minutes by scoring 2-1 in 89 after a good move from Lirola, very active in attack during the minutes he was on the field.
The five minutes of the extension saw Olympique overturned in attack in search of the equalizer with several clear occasions missed in the auction, including one by Thauvin just before the final whistle.
The result sealed not only Pochettini’s first title with PSG, but also the eighth consecutive French Super Cup title for the capital’s team.
Lineups:Paris Saint-Germain (2): Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Diallo, Kurzawa (Kimpembe, 65); Paredes (Danilo, 88), Verratti, Herrera (Sarabia, 90); Di María (Neymar, 65), Icardi (Kean, 88) and Mbappé.
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Olympic Marseille (1): Mandanda (Pele, 46); Sakai, González, Caleta-Car, Nagatomo (Lirola, 66); Rongier (Germain, 80), Kamara, Gueye (Sanson, 56); Thauvin, Payet and Radonjic (Benedetto, 56).
Goals: 1-0, Icardi (39). 2-0, Neymar (85, pencil). 2-1, (Sequin, 89).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.