Soccer-Champions PSG held to draw as they let two-goal lead slip

Monday, May 9, 2022
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Paris Saint-Germain Held to Draw by Troyes

Paris Saint-Germain held to 2-2 draw by Troyes. Lionel Messi scores twice for the Ligue 1 leaders. Olympique de Marseille move into second place. Tottenham are in fourth place. Read on for the match report and video! Also‚ find out how Tottenham and Liverpool went down at Anfield. The game will be played out on Sunday. The winner will be decided on a penalty shootout.

Troyes hold Paris Saint-Germain to 2-2 draw

PSG have conceded a two goal lead twice this season‚ but have held on to draw at Parc des Princes‚ as Troyes come from behind to snatch a point. The Ligue 1 champions were 1-0 up in the first leg and looked to have a comfortable win‚ but have allowed their two goal lead to slip again. The French champions threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with Troyes in Ligue 1 on Sunday. The hosts were comfortable ahead early on after goals from Marquinhos and Neymar‚ but a series of defensive errors allowed the visitors to fight back. Last week‚ they had surrendered a three goal lead against Strasbourg‚ and this time they let a two goal lead slip to their opponents. The lead was lost in the first half‚ when a foul by Renaud Ripart gave Troyes a penalty. After the penalty‚ Florian Tardieu converted it to level the game. PSG then went on to have another chance to take the lead‚ but the VAR ruled that Neymar was offside. After the penalty‚ Troyes were awarded a penalty following a foul on Renaud Ripart. However‚ they were denied the win as the goal was chalked off for elbow. Despite the poor performance‚ the match was an example of how a strong team can come back from a deficit. A draw against Troyes shows that you don't have to give up on a game if you are in the position to do so. They have the talent‚ but they're just not the quality in the final third. So‚ what happened?

Lionel Messi scores twice

Kylian Mbappe provided the assist for Messi's first goal and also won a penalty for the hosts. In stoppage time‚ he turned on the pace and poked the ball low into the left corner. In injury time‚ he scored the winner after he deflected an attempt over the crossbar. PSG have now won their opening three games in the Champions League. After his move to Paris‚ Messi has struggled to find form since arriving in France. His goal tally has slumped to just seven in 23 matches‚ and his penalty drew criticism from French newspaper L'Equipe. The Argentine has struggled since leaving Barcelona for PSG on a free transfer last summer‚ but he has managed to make up for that with some effective relays in the second half. Despite being a World Cup qualifier‚ this is Messi's first competitive match since joining Paris Saint-Germain. While his two goals against Troyes did not add to his total‚ they are still an impressive start to his career. Besides playing for Argentina‚ Messi is also involved in the World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela‚ Brazil‚ and Bolivia. In the future‚ he is likely to be a key player for PSG. Despite this shock‚ the two-goal win keeps PSG 10 points clear of their rivals in the Champions League. Tottenham Hotspur remained third with 54 points‚ while Arsenal remain fourth on 49. If Arsenal beat Newcastle United on Monday‚ they will close the gap to Chelsea to one point. In the meantime‚ a 1-0 win over Stoke City secured a place in the European Champions League. And in the league‚ Real Madrid came back from a one-goal deficit to beat Real Betis‚ and Barcelona beat Lorient 2-0.

Olympique de Marseille move into second place

Olympique de Marseille moved into second place in Ligue 1 after a 1-1 draw with Stade Rennais. Stade Rennais came into the game on Sunday fresh from a 2-0 victory over Paris St. Germain. At one point‚ it looked like Olympique would secure the win away from home when M'Baye Niangan's header was given as an own goal by Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai. In March 2011‚ Marseille beat Lille 5-4 in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue‚ and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. The team had previously reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 1993‚ but fell short against eventual finalists Bayern Munich. The following season‚ Marseille finished tenth in the league‚ but won the Coupe de la Ligue for the third consecutive season. Olympique de Marseille have made a good start at home this season‚ and a draw with the Soccer Champions PSG keeps their unbeaten run going. Neymar initially started in the No. 10 role‚ but Pochettino says that the front players will interchange. With this‚ Marseille move into second place and are now within four points of PSG. Despite the defeat‚ Paris Saint-Germain remain at the top of the table. They are seven points ahead of Lens after the match and have a game in hand on Sunday. Marseille will make up the game against PSG on Wednesday at Nice. PSG‚ on the other hand‚ will face Lille - defending champions of France. With two points from two games‚ Lyon will end up in third place.

Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Liverpool

Spurs have ended Liverpool's 12-game unbeaten run in the Premier League with a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday. Spurs were under relentless pressure from the Reds‚ but a late goal from Luis Diaz cancelled out a deflected Heung-Min Son strike. The result keeps Liverpool level on points with Manchester City‚ who could extend their lead to three if they beat Newcastle. Tottenham are one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal‚ who play Leeds on Sunday. Although Spurs were dominant for most of the game‚ they were unable to capitalize on an early Liverpool counter attack‚ which allowed the Reds to level the scores. The goal came late on‚ after a Luis Son header was deflected by Luis Diaz. Despite this disappointment‚ the result still leaves Tottenham in fourth place in the table‚ one point behind Manchester City. The draw means Liverpool are one point behind Manchester City in the Premier League‚ despite allowing a late Heung-min Son goal to equalise. Manchester City still have a chance to move top of the table on goal difference‚ but Spurs can take confidence from the fact that their two-goal lead has been cut to one. Nevertheless‚ Manchester City have the momentum‚ and a win on Sunday could see them regain top spot. Manchester City have a busy week ahead‚ with a match against Newcastle on Sunday. The Gunners will need to keep up the pressure on Man City‚ while Liverpool will be trying to get back to the Champions League final. A win against Real Madrid would put them three points ahead of Liverpool. This would put the Reds in a position to go up to the title. The Premier League is a tough league to win - but it's worth fighting for it.

Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti says youngsters will be assessed in next games

After a disastrous season‚ Ancelotti has said he will continue to look for the best young players in the next games and has vowed to give them the chance to shine. The club is set to face Liverpool in the Champions League next month. But how will he assess them? And how will he choose between the best players and those who are not ready yet? After a disappointing season under Zinedine Zidane‚ the Italian has decided to take a break and focus on his team's youth development. Last season‚ the club's 0-4 loss to Barcelona prompted harsh criticism in Spain and Ancelotti was sacked. Since his return‚ he has managed to produce a squad of talented youngsters with the backing of a new manager. The Italian has been a popular choice in the media and among Real Madrid fans following the possibility of Mbappe's arrival. However‚ the Italian has pointed to deeper issues at the club. While signing Mbappe will solve the immediate problems‚ he will be more successful with his team if they implement an attacking system and focus on breaking down oppositions. So far‚ this is a bold move. Raul will be available again this month as the club's best player. The Brazilian is a hugely important player for Real Madrid and is set to return to the Spanish capital next month. However‚ Ancelotti has had a difficult time establishing himself at Everton. While he has a good track record as a coach‚ he has yet to reach his objectives in the Premier League.