European roundup PSG seal Ligue 1 title with draw but many fans
Sunday, April 24, 2022
European Roundup: PSG Seal Ligue One Title With Draw
Paris Saint-Germain have sealed their Ligue One title with a goalless draw against Lyon on Sunday. A draw against Lyon means they can no longer challenge Marseille for second and direct qualification to the Uefa Champions League group stages. Lyon manager Remi Garde has congratulated PSG‚ and AC Milan drew goalless at home to Roma. Both teams are on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League group stages‚ and Milan's win means they have a chance to catch the French giants.
AC Milan and Roma battle out goalless draw
Despite being one point apart‚ AC Milan and Roma were unable to break the deadlock. In the first half‚ Inter opened the scoring through Keita Balde's header. However‚ the match ended goalless as Cengiz Under equalised for Roma. But‚ as the game progressed‚ Inter came back to level the scores‚ thanks to Mauro Icardi's header. Later‚ a controversial penalty was awarded to Inter after a VAR review. Aleksandar Kolarov converted it to earn Inter a point. The result leaves Inter 11 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus. Despite the goalless draw‚ the game had its fair share of highlights. Rome had the man advantage and had some impressive moments‚ particularly with Pablo Osvaldo's drilled effort which sailed past Abbiati's post. Later‚ Francesco Totti and Marquinho exchanged passes before flicking the ball towards goal. However‚ Philippe Mexes was able to clear the ball‚ preventing Roma from scoring.
RB Leipzig slip to fourth after conceding two late goals
RB Leipzig are four points behind Bayern Munich with one game left in the season. Their win over Freiburg was their highest scoring game this season‚ with eight goals scored. The goal by Timo Werner capped off a hat-trick‚ which helped Leipzig to claim a point. Despite conceding two late goals‚ Leipzig came from behind twice to salvage a point against Freiburg. Leipzig now sit fourth in the Bundesliga‚ but will face a tough test against second-placed Borussia Dortmund on Monday. RB Leipzig are in a tough spot‚ and they must win their next two games to stay up. They started slowly‚ registering no shots in the first 45 minutes. At half-time‚ coach Tedesco spoke to his team to motivate them and ensure that they would not concede any more goals. However‚ Leipzig had just one shot on target at the half-time break. Yussuf Poulsen netted his second goal of the game 28 seconds after the restart. Despite their disappointing start‚ Leipzig remained in fourth after conceding two late goals‚ with Freiburg and Union Berlin now two points apart.
PSG's recent free scoring form
Paris Saint-Germain have been a revelation in recent weeks‚ with Edinson Cavani continuing his remarkable scoring form. The Argentine scored three goals in a 3-0 win over Nice on Friday‚ while his team-mate Neymar was suspended after his infamous brawl with Marseille. Edinson Cavani now has 11 goals in 10 league games and 15 goals in 14 games overall. Angel Di Maria was recalled from the bench and set up both of Cavani's goals. PSG had high expectations for this season‚ but the players are clearly unhappy with the current state of their team. After all‚ they set high standards last season and had high hopes for this season. Then‚ they lost to Real Madrid in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. Suddenly‚ Mauricio Pochettino is feeling the heat. After all‚ the Argentinian has only won one piece of silverware in his career - a Ligue 1 title. The match also saw the return of Idrissa Gueye‚ who started in the right wing-back position. In the first half‚ the Brazilian was the main creative spark for PSG and created many chances‚ but lacked support from his teammates. Moreover‚ Kylian Mbappe's disappointing display was further underlined by the defending of Lens. The French team had some good defensive lines‚ but Mbappe looked wasteful in front of goal.
Les Gones beat Montpellier 5-2
Paris Saint-Germain sealed Ligue One title with a 1-1 draw against Lens on Saturday. The result means PSG will be playing in the Champions League final but fans did not show up in large numbers to the Parc des Princes. Some fans left the stadium before the final whistle sounded. Lens scored the equaliser through Corentin Jean in the 88th minute. Fans from the Auteuil and Boulogne stands were also absent and the final whistle was met with boos. The result is still a massive relief for the team as it seals their 10th Ligue One title. While PSG finished with 18 shots on target‚ they were not very clinical in finishing. Up front‚ Kylian Mbappe's off-day meant the team was short of cutting edge. Still‚ a draw is better than a defeat and PSG have just three games left to secure the title.
Les Parisiens without top scorer and central defender
With a weakened defence and a central defender absent‚ Les Parisiens are missing their top scorer and central defender in the European roundup. In their 2-1 win over Angers on Tuesday‚ PSG showed grit and character to grab a ninth point from a losing position. Kylian Mbappe scored the winning goal and was hailed as the team's hero‚ although the game could have been better for the hosts.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a shadow of his former self
If you think that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a shadow of his former self‚ then you are wrong. The Swedish striker is still a hugely talented player. But his performance for Manchester United in recent months is far from impressive. The Swedish forward is out of form and is barely playing at his best. He has hardly surpassed his scoring average from last season and his goal-scoring record has slipped. After joining Manchester United from Paris Saint-Germain‚ Zlatan Ibrahimovic has struggled to find a form that matches his high goalscoring abilities. The striker has not scored for six consecutive Premier League games. Manchester United officials are worried that Ibrahimovic will not recover fully. There has been talk of a long-term injury‚ but the Swedish international has only recently returned to training. Although he is no longer playing as well as he did last season‚ he has done better this season. Manchester United fans have camparied outside his house to cheer on Ibrahimovic. It's a shame‚ but the Swedish striker has overcome many of the criticisms that were attached to him last season. His shot-to-goal ratio is a staggering 6.8‚ higher than Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal. He is in the right position at the right time and will score goals in the future.
Bayern secure Bundesliga title
At the Parc des Princes‚ PSG sealed their Ligue One title with a draw against Lens‚ despite booing from their own fans at half-time. With 15 minutes to go‚ the stadium was almost empty. Many fans were irritated that the players did not perform the traditional lap of honour before the final whistle. This result has heightened tensions in the club's ultra community. While this result was a deserved draw‚ many fans feel that PSG must make more changes in order to heal their wounds. The owners of the club‚ the Qataris‚ sympathise with the fans. During the last season‚ PSG had set a high standard for themselves‚ and they aren't satisfied with the current season. In the first half of the season‚ PSG finished second in the Ligue 1‚ but they have been sitting at the top of the table since matchday three. PSG have won eight out of the past 10 French league titles‚ equalling Saint-Etienne in the record books. But they are still waiting for their first European title. Meanwhile‚ Messi has failed to reproduce his Barcelona form. The team's future looks uncertain under Pochettino. The new manager needs to regain the trust of the fans. It may be difficult but he has done it before.