Mauricio Pochettino did not try to underestimate Club Brugge and decided to bet on his biggest stars since the start of the match. Leo Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, the players responsible for Paris Saint-Germain’s European success this season, have played since the first minute. Due to the use of these players by the Argentine coach, hardly anyone gave any chance to the Belgian team in the first round of the LM group stage.
It is difficult to find European football stars in Club Brugge’s eleven matches, although some might link Hans Vanaken, one of the team’s captains, and Eduard Sobol, a prominent player from Ukraine. However, the guests were the favorites for the game, as they are the favorites in this year’s tournament.
The first minutes could indicate the dominance of Paris Saint-Germain. The Parisians did not have to wait long to take the initiative, because already in the 15th minute of the match Ander Herrera took advantage of the brilliant work of Kylian Mbappe and a cross and hit the ball into the net. The French beat Clinton Mata and mocked him and then sent an excellent pass to the Spanish midfielder. Paris Saint-Germain’s work is commendable.
The Parisians were hoping to increase the lead, and Leo Messi was close to his first goal. The Argentine hit hard from distance, but only hit the crossbar. Since then, the Paris Saint-Germain match has been a little worse, and Club Brugge players have tried to come out on top.
First, PSG saved Keylor Navas from conceding a goal, but then the goalkeeper was completely helpless when he hit Hans Vanaken. The midfielder did a great job with the defenders and sent the ball into the net past the helpless Costa Rica. The attacks of the Belgians intensified, which compensated them.
It was 1:1 until the break, which should be considered a fair result later. Club Brugge’s players came out on top after a strong start for PSG, managing to build some interesting actions and at times seriously threatening the Parisian goal. But after the break, one could expect a much better match from the French, who did not want to put up with such a disappointing start to the game in Europe.
During the break, Pochettino decided to make two changes, and the coach had to do a third jump for a few minutes. Kylian Mbappe complained of the pain that losing him would certainly be a serious problem for the team. So far, it is not known what happened to the French, although it is not likely a serious injury.
The Parisians dominated the game, exchanging passes for a long time, but it was difficult for them to switch to favorable shooting positions. The hosts tried to use their counterattacks at all costs, and the real opportunity came after a knockout from Charles de Ketelaere right on goal. The young striker would have missed an excellent position, although if he had picked a header he would have likely scored 2-1 for Brugge.
The Parisians attacked until the last minutes, but failed to shatter the Belgian defensive fighting ambition. Mauricio Pochettino’s players certainly disappointed in their first game as the favorites to win the Champions League final, and the Club Brugge players deserve applause as they faced their own in order to win tonight’s game.
Club Brugge – PSG 1:1 (1:1)
Objectives: Hans Vanaken (27) – Ander Herrera (15)
yellow cards: Noa Lang, Eder Alvarez Ballanta – Leandro Paredes and Lionel Messi
Club Brugge: Simon Mignolet – Clinton Mata, Jack Hendry, Stanley Nsuki – Kamal Souh (90 + 2. Casrol Moasa), Mats Ritz, Hans Vanaken, Eder Alvarez Palanta, Edward Sobol – Charles de Kettleri, Noa Lang
Paris Saint-Germain: Keylor Navas – Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Abdo Diallo (75. Nuno Mendes) – Jorginho Wijnaldum (46. Julian Draxler), Leandro Paredes (46. Danilo Pereira), Ander Herrera – Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar.
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