In the expected premiere of the offensive trident formed by the Argentine Lionel Messi, the brazilian Neymar and french Kylian Mbappé, the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) suffered to reap a draw on his visit to Witches (1-1) against a Belgian team that annulled the talent of the French club with intensity and daring.
Bruges, solo leader in the Belgian league, appeared before the almighty Paris Saint Germain as a humble team with nothing to lose and much to gain in the aforementioned duel, as the coach had said, Philippe Clement.
And in front of some 28 thousand fans gathered in the stadium Jan Breydel, the Belgians drew oil from the talent pool of the brand new Qatari French league team, eclipsing their stars.
The game started as could be expected, with a festive atmosphere in the stands filled after a year and a half of restrictions due to the pandemic, the overturned Bruges and the PSG enduring the push of the locals, extra-motivated before their great gala match and waiting for their opportunity, which would end up coming.
He did so after a quarter of an hour of play thanks to Ander Herrera, who received a low center from Mbappé at the penalty spot and shot Mignolet’s net.
And then the game began to go off script, because the Belgians did not wrinkle, they continued prowling the French area and found their reward.
Its captain, the Belgian international Hans Vanaken, cloned the goal that minutes before the PSG, although this time to the left, just past Eduard Sobol and riddling the network of Keylor Navas, starter despite the fact that the Paris club has recruited the Italian national team goalkeeper this summer, Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Navas had to fight hard, first clearing a free kick from Vanaken and then a shot on a counter by De Ketelaere to prevent the Witches come with an advantage to rest.
Messi, with the second kit of the PSG, white, and the number 30 on the back, barely gave any sign of life, beyond an elegant pass to Mbappé in the area that the Frenchman sent to the stands.
The long-awaited trident Messi-Neymar-Mbappé was undone when the French striker, who had been treated for a leg strain at the end of the first half, broke down and asked for the change in the 50th minute, giving up his position to the Argentine Mauro Icardi.
The Witches of Philippe Clement, without touching his eleven, he still had less possession but more danger, while Messi and Neymar they still did not appear. The duo performed for the first time in the 70th minute, when the Argentine served the Brazilian he saved. Mignolet under sticks.
While Brujas and enjoyed their good moment and Noa Lang tried with Chilean danger, the Argentine (who took a yellow in a foul without anger) was looking for an area without fortune like the rest of PSG, who squeezed but did not suffocate Bruges in the final stretch and failed to take more than one point against a small starless club.
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