Tops / Flops PSG-Metz: Di Maria dynamitor, Diallo’s nightmare – Ligue 1

The energetic match of Di Maria, the multiple parades of Oukidja, but also the new sluggish performance of PSG: find the Tops and Flops of this meeting between PSG and Metz (1-0).


Di Maria the inspirer
PSG can greatly thank him for having created so many chances. Because the Argentinian’s left paw has served well to allow the capital club to get hold of situations against a well-grouped Metz defense. Fairly mobile across the width of the field, he was more leggy than against OM three days earlier and increased the number of caviar for his partners. If he stumbled twice on Oukidja, he is at the origin of the Parisian goal by sending a dangerous center that the Metz goalkeeper could only push back on Draxler, opportunistic scorer of the head.

Oukidja has delayed the deadline
Great performance by the Metz keeper at the Parc des Princes. A gala Alexandre Oukidja who in turn disconcerted many Parisians for a long time. Author of decisive parades against Di Maria (8e, 79e), Draxler (39e) and Icardi (77e), he proved helpless, and even guilty, in the face of this same Draxler in the last moments. But he will have had the merit of delaying the deadline.

Boye’s strength
The central defender in Metz was impressive. Solid in the duels, he did not let himself be taken in speed, signing in particular an incredible return on a ball deep to Sarabia. Fully commanding his defense, he was an effective leader even if he missed a few minutes in Metz to win the draw.

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Paris, a success that does not erase everything
This first success of the season in Ligue 1 of PSG can not erase everything. If the men of Tuchel won this match in a remarkable way nine to eleven (Expulsion of Diallo, injury of Bernat), they delivered a generally sluggish performance. Dominating in the first half, they were at first clumsy, before stammering their football after the break. Outnumbered, they will have had just the merit of not giving up.

Abdou Diallo, a match to forget
Back as a holder for the first time since last January, Abdou Diallo inevitably seemed to lack competition against Metz. Warned from the first minute of play, the defender was regularly overtaken by the Metz attackers and was not at the party to manage the duels. It is not surprising to have seen him collect a second yellow in the middle of the second half, synonymous with expulsion.

Sarabia, the bad patch
Since the return from confinement, Pablo Sarabia is no longer the same. So efficient when called upon last season, the Spaniard has encountered difficulties in influencing the debates since July. Established in a fairly free position around Icardi, he did not know how to be useful and seemed quite clumsy in all his initiatives.

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