Manchester United became the first side in the history of the Champions League to recover from a 2-0 first leg home loss to advance to the next round of the competition.
PariS SG were playing the same XI that had triumphed 2-0 at Old Trafford, while United were down to bare bones, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez all unavailable to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer due to either injury or suspension.
Few would’ve backed United to win in Paris with the XI OGS put out, but they did, and L’Equipe ran the headline saying “Even Worse” (Encore Pire) and that the unthinkable had happened again (after the nightmare 6-1 loss to Barcelona two years ago)
Le Parisien said it was a “terrible affront” for the Parisians in their headline.
After having just one player in Round 25’s TOTW, PSG have bounced back to dominate this Game Week’s TOTW, with as many as four representatives coming from Thomas Tuchel’s side, who comfortably beat Nimes 3-0 over the weekend.
Ligue 1 results:- Round 26
Dijon 0-1 Saint Etienne
Strasbourg 1-1 Lille
PSG 3-0 Nimes
Amiens 1-0 Nice
Guingamp 1-0 Angers
Montpellier 2-4 Reims
Nantes 1-0 Bordeaux
Toulouse 1-1 Caen
Rennes 1-1 Marseille
Monaco 2-0 Olympique Lyonnais
Ligue 1 Team of the Week: Subasic (Monaco); Traore (Rennes), Silva (Paris SG), Pallois (Nantes), Lala (Strasbourg); Verratti (Paris SG), M’vila (ASSE), Nkunku (Paris SG), Lopes (Monaco), Oudin (Reims); Mbappe (Paris SG)
Team of the Week: Paris SG
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Click here for French media player ratings- Barcelona vs Lyon 5-1 Second Leg
Olympique Lyonnais sprang a bit of a surprise as they held La Liga leaders Barcelona to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League tie. There were 57,889 spectators at the Groupama Stadium for this fixture, five thousand more than the number of fans who attended Liverpool’s clash against Bayern Munich, which also produced the same result as this OL-FCB one.
The two best Lyon players on show, according to French media, were goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and defender Jason Denayer. Memphis Depay was perhaps the biggest disappointment on the evening, coming up with a 3 for his performance.
Barca’s best rated player was also their goalkeeper- German international Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, with their poorest ones being forward Luis Suarez.
Kylian Mbappe was again named in the Team of the Week, this time as the solitary Paris SG representative, after his goal helped Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Saint-Etienne away in a tricky clash in Game Week 25. Mbappe had scored in the midweek Champions League game against Manchester United, and netted a stunner at Stade Geoffrey Guichard to give his team a 1-0 win.
Angers had three representatives in last week’s TOTW, and they continued their nice run of a form with a 3-0 win over Nice, which has earned goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle and midfielder Baptiste Santamaria nominations in GW 25’s Team of the Round.
The interesting bit about this week’s players- with the exception of Reims forward Boulaye Dia, they’ve all appeared in the Team of the Week earlier this season. The only played to be nominated both this week and the last one is Monaco’s Gelson Martins, whose goal against Nantes lifted ASM out of the drop zone.
Ligue 1 TOTW Round 25: Butelle (Angers); Alakouch (Nimes), Kounde (Bordeaux), Abdelhamid (Reims), Marcal (Lyon; Savanier (Nimes), Santamaria (Nimes), Thauvin (Marseille), Martins (Marseille); Mbappe (PSG), Dia (Reims)