Messi & Ramos Lead PSG To Super Cup Glory

01 August, 2022
Messi & Ramos Lead PSG To Super Cup Glory
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Sergio Ramos were among the goals as Paris Saint-Germain secured their 11th Super Cup title after thrashing Nantes 4-0 on Sunday night.

Trophee des Champions 
Result: Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Nantes 
Date: 31 July 2022 
Venue: Bloomfield Stadium 

Pablo Sarabia was handed a start in place of the suspended Kylian Mbappe, while new signing Vitinha started in the midfield under new coach Christophe Galtier.

Messi and Neymar combined to good effect in the opening five minutes to set up Achraf Hakimi in the box, but the Moroccan saw his shot turned away by goalkeeper Alban Lafont. Nantes, meanwhile, had to wait until the 19th minute for their first sight at goal on 19 minutes when Ludovic Blas' left-footed strike forced Gianluigi Donarumma into a superb save.

The deadlock was broken three minutes later, as Messi opened his account for the new season by rounding Lafont and slotting into an empty net after some good work by Neymar.

Nantes did show signs of getting back into the encounter before the break, but Prensel Kimpembe did well to thwart Evann Guessand's goal-bound strike.

The visitors were made to pay for the miss as PSG doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime, with Neymar finding the back of the net with an impressive free-kick that sailed into the top corner.

PSG carried that dominance over to the second half and went on to grab a third goal just before the mark thanks to a lovely back-heeled finish from Sergio Ramos after his initial effort was saved by Lafont.

Galtier opted for a couple changes with 20 minutes left on the clock as Juan Bernat and Danilo Pereira replaced Vitina and Nuno Mendes in the PSG midfield.

It got worse for Nantes in the 81st minute when PSG were awarded a penalty after Neymar was brought down by Jean-Charles Castelletto, who was sent off as a result. The Brazilian forward dusted himself off and dispatched the spot-kick to wrap up a good win.
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