(EFE) – Italian Moise Kean’s goal relieved Paris Saint Germain, who beat Nice (2-1) with more difficulties than expected, three days before visiting Barcelona in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Without Neymar, Ángel Di María, Rafinha, Marco Verratti, Colin Dagba and Tomothee Pembele, injured, Mauricio Pochettino recovered the Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas and the Spanish Ander Herrera.
The Argentine coach did not protect anything. The Parisian team that is at the expense of Lille, leader, and Lyon, second, cannot give ground in Ligue 1 to attack the first place of the table.
Paris Saint Germain suffered against an opponent installed in the lower half of the table, away from European outposts. Nice hinted at the champion’s difficulties. Especially in defense.
The Parisian team he formed with the following eleven played with fire: Keylor Navas, Thilo Kehrer, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes, Julian Draxler, Moise Kean, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi
A quarter of an hour from the end Pablo Sarabia and Mitchel Bakker replaced Julian Draxler and Layvin Kurzawa and ten minutes from the end Ander Herrera and Danilo took the places of Kean and Leandro Paredes.
It didn’t look like Pochettino’s side was going to suffer so much against Nice when they took the lead in the 22nd minute with a goal from German Julian Draxler. But at the start of the second half Roni Lopes tied for the visitors.
PSG fell into disarray and Romanian Adrian Ursea’s team brushed the goal and the lead on the scoreboard. In fact, Amine Gouiri, who exposed the Parisian rear on more than one occasion, had the clearest opportunity when he hit the crossbar with Keylor Navas beaten.
The champion breathed a quarter of an hour from the end, when a Mbappe cross to the far post was picked up by Mauro Icardi who sent the ball into the center of the area where Moise Kean appeared to head towards the net and beat Argentine Walter Benítez.
The goal relieved Paris Saint Germain who maintained their lead until the end to achieve their sixth straight victory at the Parc des Princes and maintain their bid for the leadership of Ligue 1. On Tuesday, they visit Barcelona.