Champions League: A new double from Kean releases an uninspired PSG in Istanbul



The European season of Paris Saint-Germain is finally launched. Too wait-and-see and uninspired against Basaksehir, whom they met for the first time, the men of Thomas tuchel yet struggled at the Fatih-Terim stadium. It took them a set piece and a header Moise kean on a corner to leave Istanbul with their first three points of the competition. All in a meeting marked by the injury of Neymar. Embarrassed in the left adductor from the warm-up, the Brazilian, grimacing, experienced a first alert in the 19th minute before being replaced by Pablo Sarabia (26th).

Mbappé created the danger, Kean found the loophole

Kylian Mbappé, two goals to integrate the top 5 of the best Parisian directors (96 in 129 matches), was one of the only ones to be dangerous in the camp of Basaksehir. Thanks to his acceleration and his changes of direction, the Parisian striker has manhandled Rafael on the left wing. It was on this side that he saw his strike captured by Mert gunok, after a first incursion, while he was in a closed angle (8th). It is then in the axis, on a center ofAlessandro Florenzi, that he almost scored the first goal of the game. Found by the right winger while he was lonely in the area, his recovery spun to the right of Gunok’s cages (37th).

If he was not decisive on a shot, the French was by the pass, in the second half. On a corner hit from left to right, Moise Kean, strangely alone in the Istanbul area, made his decisive pass with a header sent into the small net (1-0, 54 ‘). The beautiful evening of the Parisian rookie continued twenty minutes later. On a cross from Sarabia that Mbappé failed to apprehend, the Italian managed a sublime sequence: control from the right, strike from the left. His fourth goal with the colors of Paris Saint-Germain, in the burgundy jersey this Wednesday evening, four days after his first double against Dijon (4-0).

A battered defense

Until then, Paris had struggled, both in attack and defense. Positioned in the middle of the Parisian 4-4-2, Angel Di Maria missed the frame twice, with a deflected shot (17th) then another cross (22nd), both passed to the left of the Turkish goalkeeper’s posts. A cover of Layvin Kurzawa (32nd) flew into the stands of the Fatih-Terim stadium, occupied by 500 people. Arrived on the lawn with more envy after the break, the Parisians continued to push in the second half. Sarabia could have made another pass from Mbappé decisive, before Kean found the loophole. Ideally served in withdrawal by the French, the Spaniard emerged but propelled his shot above the crossbar of Gunok (46th).

This goal would have been welcome, while the two teams were tied, as the Turks were able to be dangerous. After a start to the match where Paris pressed hard to cut the first raises from Istanbul, the pressure gradually eased on the players of Okan Buruk. Presnel Kimpembe was also scared after having badly appreciated a high ball. At the recovery then at the pass, Enzo Crivelli saw Irfan Can Kahveci shoot over the cages of Keylor Navas (9th). Rafael then armed a powerful and floating strike at the entrance to the surface, stopped by the Costa Rican (26th).

Three first European points for Paris

In the meantime, Edin Visca stood out. The top scorer of Basaksehir (3 goals), author of a double this Saturday (victory 5-1), first saw a strike finish its way to the right of the Parisian goals (16th) then another to the left (38th) . In the second half, he then alerted Navas after a quick recovery from his goalkeeper (64th). This action has, once again, highlighted the defensive failures of Paris Saint-Germain, too often worried after the loss of balls.

Repositioned in central defense alongside Kimpembe as Marquinhos took control of the environment, as desired by Tuchel, Danilo Pereira however, saw his new club win their first points of the season in the Champions League. For the 114th match of the German coach on the Parisian bench, which equals Unai Emery, PSG therefore remains undefeated in their last six matches in European competition against Turkish clubs (5 wins, one draw). With this victory, PSG have also not lost away in the group stages for six games. A small gift for Tuchel, two beautiful series for Paris.



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