The French Grand PSG continued his march to triumph in Champions League with success over Maccabi Haifa in the second round of the group stage of the tournament. The Parisians won away from home over their opponent with 3:1 after having to make a complete turnaround, trailing 0:1. The usual suspects – Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi – became heroes for the visitors today.
It can be said that the first half was quite interesting. PSG started the better, creating several good chances thanks to their attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe. To everyone’s surprise, the hosts managed to open the scoring in the 24th minute. Tjarno Cheri was brought on and managed to score and lead his team forward. However, Lionel Messi was able to equalize in the 37th minute, taking advantage of a ricochet after a powerful ground ball from Mbappe.
The second half started better for the hosts. Maccabi Haifa managed to create several chances in front of Donnarumma’s goal, but nothing more serious was achieved. In the end, however, PSG did not give up. in 69′ Kylian Mbappe took advantage of a wonderful pass from Leo Messi and managed to lead the Parisians forward in the result. Point of contention was put by Neymar with a goal in the 88th minute.
At the weekend, PSG visit Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1 and Maccabi Haifa visit Apoel Jerusalem
DEVELOPMENT OF THE MEETING
The match got off to a great start for the visitors today. Already in the second minute, Kylian Mbappe had a great opportunity to open the door for Cohen. The French broke through and hit a nice shot, but the home goalkeeper kept his composure and kept his goal dry. Maccabi Haifa responded with a chance in the 12th minute when Fani fired a shot towards the bottom right corner of the Parisians’ goal – but Gianluigi Donnarumma managed to save.
The result was discovered in the 24th minute. Dolev Khaziza brought out his teammate Tjarno Cheri in a great way, who did not hesitate and with a precise shot he sealed Donnarumma. 1:0 for Maccabi Haifa. After the hit, things on the field seem pretty even. The hosts started to act much more calmly, and PSG are trying in every way to break through the well-standing defense of Maccabi.
However, the joy of the hosts did not last very long. In the 37th minute, Lionel Messi managed to equalize the score. The Argentine reacted quickly after a shot was saved by Cohen and simply put the ball into the opponent’s goal for 1:1. In 43′, Omer Atsili could have restored the lead to the home team. The footballer received the ball in the penalty area, but his shot missed the left side post by inches.
The second half started with a lot of fighting for the center of the pitch. In 53′ Piero from Maccabi shoots but his shot goes wide of the post. The hosts seem to have started playing better than their illustrious opponents. Despite most of the chances for Maccabi, PSG continued to have more possession than their opponent.
The visitors made a complete turnaround in the 69th minute. Lionel Messi found Kylian Mbappe in a wonderful way in the penalty area, who, without adjusting the ball, sent it directly into the bottom right corner of the home team. 2:1 for PSG.
The guests managed to get the 3rd goal in the 88th minute. Marco Verratti sent the ball into the penalty area of Maccabi, and there Neymar stretched the home team’s net with a solid shot – 3:1 for PSG.
Maccabi Haifa: Cohen, Sundgren, Batubinsika, Goldberg, Chornud, Fanny, Lavi, Cherry, Haziza, Piero, Atsili
PSG: Donnarumma, Mukiele, Marquinhos, Ramos, Danilo, Mendes, Verratti, Vitinha, Messi, Neymar, Mbappe
BEFORE THE MATCH
PSG got their Champions League campaign off to a strong start with a very important 2-1 win against Juventus. Now in front of Christophe Galtier’s boys is the test called Maccabi Haifa, who, despite being beaten by Benfica 0:2 a week ago, did not give up easily.
The two players who will definitely be in the spotlight are Kylian Mbappe (PSG), who has 9 goals in 7 games this season. For Maccabi Haifa, the man in form is Omer Atzili, who has 7 goals in 12 appearances this campaign.
Christophe Galtier will not be able to rely on Presnel Kimpembe, Keylor Navas and Renato Sachnes who are injured. On the other side, the big missing for Maccabi are Mahmoud Jaber and Suf Podgoreanu.
The main referee of the meeting will be Daniel Siebert from Germany.