The Paris train also whistled at the Groupama Stadium. The company of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe came out victorious (1-0) with a goal from the Argentine superstar and the difficult test at the tough home of Lyon and remained at the top of Ligue 1, having collected 22 points from eight matches.
Only Monaco (traditionally) have managed to stop the Parisians in a draw this year in France and Europe, an armada that runs up and down at a frenetic pace for 90 minutes offering spectacle and goals. In Lyon, it stopped at one, and that’s because Lopez, the home team’s goalkeeper, had an amazing day.
Pressure from the start and a quick goal
Paris went into the big game of matchday 8 with a head start with Neymar providing his seventh personal assist of the year and Messi finding the net with a left-footed cross for his fourth goal of the year.
5 – Lionel Messi and Neymar have exchanged 5 assists in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other duo. bromance.
— OptaJean (@OptaJean)
The Parisians continued to press in the first 15 minutes, until Lyon leveled the match and began to threaten Donnarumma’s goal with Lacazette as a driving force, but Toko-Ekabi wasted two great chances in the 28th and 30th.
Gaultier’s side, despite Lyon’s honorable effort to equalize, kept their lines high for most of the match and the only moment the manager was concerned was with Verratti’s knee injury in the 63rd minute.
In the 73′ the roles played at 1-0 were reversed and Messi passed to Neymar, 2-0 seemed certain, but Lopez beat the Brazilian, as well as the Argentine in the deflected shot he attempted in the 78′. The Lyon goalkeeper took off in the right corner of his home net in the 91st minute and again blocked a classic masterpiece from Messi in the last phase of the game.
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