Welcome to Sportstar’s live commentary for the PSG vs Clermont Ligue 1 encounter on Saturday. This is Nihit Sachdeva taking you through all the action as it unfurls at the Parc Des Princes Stadium.
41′ High backline by Clermont has provided PSG with plenty of counter-attacking opportunities and they have made full use of them.
39′ An incisive run down the middle by Kimpembe who manages to get inside the Clermont box and finds Draxler at the centre. Draxler fakes the shot once and then hits but the Clermont defender in front of Desmas heads the ball away.
36′ Foul on Samed by Gueye and Clermont gets a free-kick near the PSG box. However, Berthomier’s free-kick does not even make it past the PSG wall.
34′ PSG is just bossing the newcomers here.
31 ‘GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL !!!!!! PSG 2-0 Clermont – it is that man again! Ander Herrera scores his second goal of the match and guess what, it is a rebound once again. Breathtaking run by Mbappe on the right who is just too strong for Clermont defender to handle. Mbappe takes the shot which Desmas duly stops low to his left but Herrera blasts the rebound into the empty goal.
29′ Foul on Zedadka by Diallo and Clermont gets a free-kick from the right side of the PSG box.
28′ Easy work for Donnarumma. Lovely skill from Dossou inside the PSG box who then took the shot but the Italian goalkeeper didn’t have to move too much to catch the ball.
26′ Mbappe makes another one of his trademark runs from the left, skips past one defender and takes the shot but Desmas gets down to save the ball to his left.
23′ The play resumes after a lengthy VAR check and straihgt away PSG on the attack. Hakimi provides an excellent pass to Pereira inside the Clermont box. Gueye’s shot was on target but easily blocked by a diving Clermont defender.
20 ‘GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL !!!!!! PSG 1-0 Clermont – brilliant run from Draxler from the right who takes a shot which is saved by Desmas but the rebound finds Herrera in the centre of the box who calmly heads it in to put the league leader in front. There is a VAR check to see if Mbappe, who was in an offside position, had got the last touch but the goal stands.
18′ Both teams have failed to test the opposite goalkeeper so far. Quite a few fouls from Clermont to disrupt the smooth PSG play.
16′ Dossou takes the ball inside the PSG box and hopes to find one of his teammates to tap the ball in but PSG blocks it. Clermont hits the rebound and the ball goes out for a throw-in.
13′ Dossou searching for a touch from Diallo before the ball goes out in order to get a corner but Diallo shields the ball well.
10′ BOOKING- Yellow card for Zedadka for a foul on Mbappe near the Clermont box. Mbappe sends a loopy free-kick inside the box and Marquinhos heads it but Desmas pouches it comfortably.
8′ CORNER- Short corner taken by Rafinha. Draxler gets the ball and sends a shot flying over the crossbar.
6′ Rafinha with the ball inside the Clermont box searching for space to take the shot but doesn’t get it and gives a back pass to his teammate.
4′ First of what could be many lightning runs from Mbappe down the left flank but the Clermont defender easily takes the ball away.
3′ Dossou goes down looking for a foul near the half way line but the whistle never came.
1′ Steady start from both the teams who look keen on keeping possession for the first few minutes.
8:30 p.m.- AND WE ARE UNDERWAY!!!!
8:20 p.m.- Just 10 minutes to kick-off at the buzzing Parc Des Princes!!!
8:15 p.m.- Italy’s Euro 2020 hero is set to make his PSG debut
8:00 p.m.- STAT ATTACK time!!!
7:40 p.m.- LINEUPS OUT!! (Kylian Mbappe starts)
PSG XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma (GK); Abdou Diallo, Hakimi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos (c); Ander Herrera, Danilo Pereira, Gueye; Draxler, Mbappe, Rafinha
Subs: Kehrer, Tavares Mendes, Bithshiabu, Wijnaldum, Dina Ebimbe, Bitu Mazala, Icardi, Yansane, Navas (GK)
Coach: Mauricio Pochettino
Clermont Foot 63 XI (4-3-3): Desmas (GK); Zedadka, Hountondji, Ogier (c), N’Simba; Abdul Samed, Berthomier, Gastien; Dossou, Hamel, Allevinah
Subs: Djoco (GK), Billong, Arial Mendy, Seidu, Khaoui, Iglesias, Oriol Busquets, Tell, Rashani
Coach: Pascal Gastien
League leader Paris Saint-Germain’s next challenge is the home fixture against the newly promoted side Clermont Foot 63 on Saturday.
Both teams have played four games each so far. While PSG has won all of its games and sits comfortably at the top of the table, Clermont is not too far behind with two wins and two draws placing them at third.
Mauricio Pochettino will have to work without his South American stars, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Angel Di Maria as all of them were involved in representing their countries in the World Cup qualifiers barely 36 hours before the kickoff.
That also means that Paris will have to wait a little more for Messi’s home debut.
There are doubts over Kylian Mbappe’s fitness who left the France camp with a calf injury he suffered in its first World Cup qualifier of the international break against Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, Pochettino told a press conference that he expected Mbappe to recover in time for the match.
Where to watch?
|The Ligue 1 clash between PSG and Clermont will be telecast on VH1. The live streaming of the match between will be available on the Voot Select app and the website and on JioTV. (For Indian viewers only)|