Wed. Jun 29th, 2022


Messi, Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria unable to score

pitch Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain could only play out a 0-0 draw at the Stade Velodrome.

There were two first-half goals through Neymar and Arkadiusz Milik, but they were both ruled out for narrow offsides. Achraf Hakimi was then sent off in the second half, but Marseille were unable to capitalise on their man advantage.

Mauricio Pochettino was able to line up his Quatre Fantastiques in Lionel MessiNeymarKylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria, but they were unable to find a way through a stubborn Marseille defence. Following Achraf‘s red card, Di Maria was the man withdrawn.

In the 14th minute, Neymar‘s shot looked like it was going miles wide of Pau Lopez‘s goal, but Luan Peres turned it into his own net. Luckily for the Marseille centre-back, though, Neymar was adjudged by the VAR to have been narrowly offside.

Six minutes later, it was Marseille who thought they had taken the lead. The roof came off the Velodrome as Milik kept his composure to turn home a cross from Pol Lirola, but a VAR review confirmed that the wing-back was in an offside position when he received the ball.

Messi was pretty quiet for the majority of the game, but he did see his header come back out off the crossbar after he found himself in acres of space in the 26th minute.

Towards the end of the game, Mbappe was through on goal and looked a guarantee to score, but William Saliba made a last-ditch tackle to prevent the PSG forward from scoring.

This result means that PSG still have a seven-point lead at the top of Ligue 1, and next Friday they host last year’s champions, Lille, at the Parc des Princes. Marseille, meanwhile, take on southern neighbours Nice in what is a replay of their abandoned match on August 22.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is an entertainment and football lover, promoter, analyst and writer. He aspires to make a name in the media company. He is the CEO of Soccercruz (News site, Podcast, Radio and Television). email:, phone number: +2348063046744.

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