Paris could regain its throne, but Paris failed. As after the first leg against Barça, PSG stumbled again in Ligue 1, this Sunday, March 14, on the occasion of the 29th day of Ligue 1 against FC Nantes (1-2). The Parisians, who had yet opened the scoring, subsequently scuttled against valiant and opportunistic Nantes. LOSC is still leader of Ligue 1 with three points ahead of Paris and OL.
Lyon and Lille held in check by Reims and Monaco, the opportunity was perfect for PSG. On the occasion of the 29th day of Ligue 1, the Parisians received FC Nantes, Sunday March 14, and four days after their qualification in the quarter-finals of the Champions League (4-1, 1-1). And against the Canaries, Mauricio Pochettino did not want to run in great widths, quite the contrary since Angel Di Maria and Rafinha found a starting place alongside Kylian Mbappé, Marco Verratti or even Marquinhos often spared after a match of C1. One thing is certain, the message from the Parisian technician was clear: only victory, to take back control of Ligue 1, was possible at the Parc des Princes. It was without counting on the people of Nantes more valiant than ever, and an Alban Lafont of great evenings.
However, everything had started so well for Paris Saint-Germain. Opportunities galore, a VAR strangely absent on a penalty yet obvious for Nantes (21st) and a goal from Julian Draxler after a beautiful one-touch action between Mbappé, Verratti and Di Maria (42nd, 1-0): in short , Paris outrageously dominated, and quite logically, Paris made the Nantes rearguard bend. Above all, the yellow wall held in large part thanks to a man: Alban Lafont. Already in the first act, the international hope had repeatedly repelled the opposing assaults (12th, 30th, 38th, 40th). But it was after the break that his acrobatics (49th, 70th and 81st) allowed his people to hope at first, then to dream of an improbable feat.
Because if Lafont made sure to keep his Canaries afloat, he obviously had to rely on the opportunism of his attacking teammates. And so when it is Kylian Mbappé himself who offers Randal Kolo Muani the goal of the equalizer, everything suggests that this part was far from turning exclusively in favor of the Parisians. This was therefore confirmed later, when Lafont turned into a proud resistance, the Nantes people were completely uninhibited on the royal lawn of the Parc des Princes. Like a symbol, on a raise from the Canaries goalkeeper, Kolo Muani, again, took all the defense of PSG speed to go full canes in the opponent’s area. At the end of the race, his caviar was too good for Moses Simon not to release FC Nantes (71st, 1-2).
Whether it was the VAR, which finally validated Simon’s goal, or even the seven minutes of added time, nothing and nobody finally prevented the 19th in Ligue 1 from signing a resounding feat against the future quarter-finalist of Champions League. “This must serve us, we had 10 finals left, confided the Nantes resident Abdoulaye Touré after the meeting at the microphone of Canal +, we won one, now it will be played to the mind but this victory is a great satisfaction.“Because if it is a huge missed act for PSG, it is also, and above all, a hell of an operation for Nantes (18th) which comes down to a small point from Lorient, 17th.