PSG begins title protection with out stars in 1-Zero loss at Lens

Paris, September 11

Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain opened its league marketing campaign with out its stars and misplaced 1-Zero at promoted Lens.

Striker Ignatius Ganago completed powerfully within the 57th minute after third-choice PSG goalkeeper Marcin Bulka handed the ball to him as a substitute of teammate Marco Verratti, who maybe shouldn’t have demanded it on the sting of the penalty space.

PSG was lacking Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and 5 others who additionally examined optimistic for the coronavirus not too long ago, together with winger Angel Di Maria.

Six have been optimistic following a club-approved journey to Ibiza quickly after the 1-Zero loss to Bayern Munich within the Champions League last on August 23.

Mbappé was not with them and his optimistic COVID-19 check occurred on worldwide obligation with France final week.

In their absence, coach Thomas Tuchel handed debuts to 18-year-olds Kays Ruiz-Atil and Arnaud Kalimuendo in assault, whereas the 20-year-old Bulka made simply his second look.

He wasn’t helped when Verratti sprinted to demand the ball and the flustered goalie as a substitute directed it straight to Ganago, who disregarded Verratti’s try at a deal with and smacked the ball into the highest nook.

“Yes it was a bit dangerous but that’s my way of playing. I always look for the ball because I play football. I asked for the ball,” Verratti informed broadcaster Canal Plus.

“There are a lot of factors but we gave everything.”

Earlier, Ganago hit the put up after a advantageous run and shot within the 17th. Ganago went shut once more earlier than the break, whereas Ruiz-Atil appeared energetic.

Lens ought to have made it 2-Zero halfway by the second half, however ahead Simon Banza fluffed a close-range header.

PSG had lengthy spells on the ball however hardly threatened.

“We struggled to create probabilities. We have been lacking gamers,” mentioned Tuchel.

His aspect now had a busy schedule forward with a house recreation in opposition to Marseille on Sunday adopted by Metz at Parc des Princes on Wednesday. AP 

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