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Thanks to a fiery Marco Verratti, the first goal of Sergio Ramos in his new colors and a last achievement from Danilo Pereira, PSG offered themselves a resounding success in front of the Stade de Reims, this Sunday evening at the Parc des Princes. Despite a frankly soporific first act, the Parisians were able to wake up to warm up an empty and shivering Park, and remain comfortable leaders of Ligue 1.

By Alexandre Aflalo, at the Parc des Princes
Sunday January 23 Modified Sunday, January 23 at 11:00 p.m.

PSG 4-0 Reims

Goals: Verratti (44e), Ramos (62e), CSC Field (67e), Danilo (76e)

“Total solar eclipses at a given location on Earth are very rare and short-lived events., tells our old friend Wikipedia. They cannot be observed directly without protection. » Two sentences that would fit awfully well with what the 5,000 lucky people present at the Parc des Princes witnessed this Sunday evening: not only a 4-0 victory for Paris Saint-Germain – it was the first time since August that Paris scored four goals in Ligue 1 – but above all goals from Marco Verratti, Sergio Ramos and Danilo Pereira. Clearly, despite the four low ambient degrees at the Parc des Princes this Sunday evening, sunglasses were recommended.

Verratti, the icing on the (bad) cake

In view of the poverty of this first act, let’s go straight to the point (literally). So just before half-time, an event almost as rare as a leap year happened: a goal from Marco Verratti. The Italian, who hadn’t scored since a Coupe de France semi-final in 2019 against Nantes, found himself in a good position after a blocked shot from Icardi to send a half-volley inside the post of Rajkovic (1-0, 44e). It was necessary that to catch up with a first act of an unnamed sadness, during which Paris will have had all the trouble in the world to pierce a low and suffocating Reims block. Proof of this: the first shot on target of the match for Paris did not arrive before the 32e minute (28e for Reims).

And Paris unrolled

Fortunately, the second act did not wait half an hour to delight. Just before the hour mark, the Rémois just missed the equalizer by Mbuku, whose fine strike on the right side was too fair to deceive Navas (57e). And then Paris folded the match, in five minutes. First, for his first start at the Park, Sergio Ramos offered himself a goal from his favorite situation, after a corner kick first taken by Danilo, then the Spaniard pushed into Rajković’s net (2-0, 62e). Like a diesel, once launched, Paris does not stop. Five minutes later, a new miracle: when Messi had just entered the game, it was Marco Verratti who went there with his double, with a subtle curl at the entrance to the surface, diverted into the Reims skylight (3-0, 67e). Killjoy, the League will finally grant this goal to Wout Faes against his camp.

To confirm that this evening was well placed under the sign of unusual scorers, the fourth pawn is to be put to the credit of Danilo Pereira, who concluded a hard work from Mbappé on the left side with a superb strike from the right, without control, at the entrance to the surface, also diverted by that unfortunate Faes (4-0, 76e). Even Mauro Icardi could have added his name to the scoreboard if his goal had not been canceled for a small mimine after a caviardesque cross from Nuno Mendes. For once this season, Paris managed to pull off a successful performance from a frankly average first act. Nothing says it will help him eliminate Real Madrid in the Champions League, but it’s still better than nothing.

PSG (4-3-3) : Navas – Kehrer, Marquinhos, Ramos, Mendes – Paredes, Verratti (Herrera, 77e), Danilo – Mbappé (Draxler, 77e), Icardi, Di María (Messi, 64e). Coach : Mauricio Pochettino.

Reims Stadium (5-4-1) : Rajković – Busi, Gravillon, Faes, Abdelhamid, Locko – Foket (Cassama, 46e), Cajuste (Dio, 64e), Matusiwa (Lopy, 46e then Flips, 81e), Ekitika – Book (Adeline, 58e). Coach : Oscar Garcia.

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