PSG VS Lyon LIVE Football Score 18/09/2022
Paris Saint-Germain will endeavour to cement their position at the top of the Ligue 1 table when they travel to the Groupama Stadium to face Lyon on Sunday night. Les Gones went down 2-1 to Monaco last weekend, while the French champions survived a scare to beat Maccabi Haifa 3-1 in the Champions League. Defending set-pieces was clearly not on the agenda for Peter Bosz’s Lyon side at the Stade Louis II, as Caio Henrique’s corner met the head of Benoit Badiashile to give Monaco the lead before Guillermo Maripan connected with a free kick from the left-back not long after. Lyon did respond in the dying embers through Karl Toko Ekambi’s smartly-taken volley, but it was too little too late for Les Gones, who have now suffered two consecutive defeats in Ligue 1 following a midweek loss to Lorient on September 7.
A strong start to the season for Lyon has paled into insignificance somewhat following their back-to-back losses, and Les Gones now find themselves fifth in the standings – six points behind upcoming opponents PSG and four adrift of Lens in third. Toko Ekambi’s consolation in the defeat to Monaco does at least mean that Lyon have now scored in 16 straight Ligue 1 games – highlighting the area where their problems certainly do not lie – but it is just one clean sheet in their last 10 domestic encounters for Bosz’s side. It has been over four-and-a-half years since Lyon last suffered three straight losses in Ligue 1, but PSG are fully intent on inflicting more misery upon their fellow powerhouses, even if they will have to break the hosts’ eight-game domestic winning run on home turf to do so. Another day, another record broken for Lionel Messi. The 35-year-old has been lauded for his vision and assists so far this term, but goalscoring feats were on the midweek menu as PSG came from behind to beat Maccabi Haifa in Champions League Group H.
After Tjaronn Chery had stuck out a foot to give the Israeli champions a 1-0 lead, Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe responded for Les Parisiens, as the former scored in the Champions League against a record 39th opponent – surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s 38 – for a record 18th season running. Christophe Galtier’s side were indebted to their famed attacking triumvirate for getting them over the line in Israel and also scored just the one goal in a 1-0 success over Brest last weekend, which ensured that they would remain clear of second-placed Marseille on goal difference at the top of the Ligue 1 table. Victory over Maccabi Haifa marked a fifth win on the bounce for the capital outfit in all competitions, as well as representing a sixth-straight triumph away from home in all competitions. Not only that, but PSG have remarkably scored at least three goals in each of their last nine games on the road.
Galtier would also have been pleased to see his side record three successive clean sheets in Ligue 1 last weekend, and PSG have lost just one of their last eight meetings with Lyon in all tournaments, with last season’s clash at the Groupama Stadium ending 1-1. Lyon centre-back Jerome Boateng was thought to have had a strong chance of returning from a muscle injury in time for the trip to Monaco, but the German did not make the cut and has since suffered a setback in his recovery.
Boateng will not be present on Sunday, and neither will goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck (knee), but Bosz is otherwise well-stocked for the contest with the champions and will no doubt ponder alterations following last weekend’s loss. Thiago Mendes’s spot alongside Castello Lukeba in defence is seemingly safe for now while Boateng recovers, while 19-year-old Rayan Cherki is pushing for his first start of the season after coming up with his third assist in six matches for Toko Ekambi’s goal at Monaco.
Meanwhile, PSG lost centre-back Presnel Kimpembe to a hamstring injury against Brest, and the France international is expected to spend the next six weeks on the sidelines – Danilo Pereira is currently deputising in the back three. Keylor Navas missed the trip to Maccabi Haifa with back problems but has now returned to the squad, while Renato Sanches’s injury woes are just not letting up as he remains sidelined with an adductor problem.
Despite the presence of Carlos Soler and Fabian Ruiz, Galtier has been loath to break up the midfield partnership of Marco Verratti and Vitinha, both of whom should start on Sunday. The only changes for PSG could come in the full-back areas, as the well-rested Achraf Hakimi and Juan Bernat seek to displace Nordi Mukiele and Nuno Mendes. Off the field, the reigning champions will be without their away supporters, who have been banned from making the journey due to the use of pyrotechnics in their win at Nantes on September 3.
PSG have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, winning six and drawing one of their first seven Ligue 1 Uber Eats matches and claiming six points out of a possible six in their UEFA Champions League group. That form saw them finish last weekend on top of the table, ahead of Olympique de Marseille thanks to a far superior goal difference, and they are level on points with Benfica in Champions League Group H ahead of a double-header against the Portuguese side next month.
However, the first cracks have started to emerge for coach Christophe Galtier over the last week, with PSG producing their least convincing performance of the fledgling campaign in beating Stade Brestois 29 at the Parc des Princes last weekend. They needed a Gianluigi Donnarumma penalty save in the second half to ensure a 1-0 win, while Presnel Kimpembe came off with a hamstring injury late on that will see him miss up to six weeks. That is a huge problem for Galtier given his lack of central defensive options and his decision to set his side up with a back three.
Paris followed that by coming from behind to win 3-1 away to Maccabi Haifa in Israel on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr all scoring. Yet they needed their superstar front three to cover up another display that fell short of the very high expectations placed in Galtier’s side. Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to create a lead at the top of the table in Ligue 1 with a win against Lyon on Sunday. The defending champions head into this fixture on the back of a 3-1 win over Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League and should be full of confidence.
PSG and Marseille are locked in a contest to claim the top of the table, with both teams on 19 points and yet to lose a league game this season. Christophe Galtier’s team has only dropped points against Monaco in Ligue 1 this season and will be confident of ensuring it doesn’t happen against Lyon. Back-to-back defeats to Lorient and Monaco are a cause of concern for Lyon and they will be looking to avoid making it three defeats in a row.