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. Port by an inspired Lionel Messi, the captain’s club continues with a second victory in this summer preparation.
PSG won in 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 of the Party
In a plain stadium, the two teams went blow for blow. Neymar and Mbappé were not far from scoring but stumbled on a vigilant Jung while Marcinho and Ienaga gave Donnarumma chills. If the match was rather pleasant despite a difficult lawn, 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 Mbappé.
By dint of suffering, Kawasaki logically ended up cracking. In sight so far, Messi activates to open the scoring with a low shot pushed back in extremis on his line by Songkrasin. In the continuity of the action, La Pulga opened the scoring with a low shot turned by Noborizato after a discount 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 during the break, PSG lowered their guard and were not far from being surprised on a strike from Chinen, yet alone to adjust the Italy goalkeeper, again decided on a quick 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 center 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 passes close to the goal against his camp, sending the ball over the post. On the contrary, Kawasaki regained hope on a good recovery of the head of Yamamura (1-2, 84th). A reduction in the logical gap but insufficient to hang the PSG.
The rating that suits you: 6/10
A pleasant overall match despite the very clear difference in level between the two teams for an hour. Japanese training is the best standard of thought and a requirement for the use of opportunities. However, we can regret a very calm atmosphere despite the presence of 80,000 spectators.
– In the area, on the left, Mbapp distills a good center at the far post for Hakimi. The lateral right instantly sets back for Messi, who finds the opposite side netting on his cross shot with the right (Site notre bureau spécialisé) against by a Japanese defender (0-1, 32nd).
– In the axis, Messi first shifted Bernat. The Spanish left side hands 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 repelled by Kehrer, the ball returns to the feet of a Japanese player, who crosses into the box. At the reception, Yamamura, who crosses perfectly under a whim (1-2, 84th).
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Your match: Lionel Messi (8/10)
The best player on the field. In the position of playmaker, the Argentine striker, while playing his rhythm, is 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 (Site notre bureau spécialisé). Omnipresent in the game, he is the origin of the second but following well-felt combinations with Bernat. A very clean game. Replace the 62nd minute by Mauro Icardi (not not).
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