Metz 1-5 PSG:
Looking at the scoreline, one could be deceived to thinking that this was the usual PSG juggernaut imposing itself in crushing the small provincial side from Lorraine. This is true to a point but the rash tackle by former Spurs and QPR player Assou-Ekotto on PSG debutant Kylian Mbappe which earned the Cameroon international a straight red card was the pivotal moment in tonight's game.
The Parisian side started brightly with Metz clearly intimidated by a side boosted with the sight of the most expensive French player of all time lining up at the compact Stade Saint-Symphorien. The opening goal duly arrived after consistent pressure from the men from the capital as Edinson Cavani latched onto a delightful assist from Neymar to put the Parisian side ahead.
Instead of cowing and breaking under pressure Metz were valiant in lauching a fifgt-back and were gifted in the 37th minute as Riviere nodded home after poor defending from the men in yellow. From this moment through to the interval and leading up to the sending off, the side in burgundy were arguably the better side with Riviere gifted a golden opportunity just after the interval after a mix-up between Marquinhos and Areola which he blazed over the bar.
No sooner had they found themselves down to ten men, Metz were also a goal behind as Mbappe opened his PSG account and from that moment on, the emotional blow ensured that as a game the contest at the Saint-Symphorien was over. Cavani grabbed another after the sublime had put Paris 1-3 ahead. As the game tricked out, Lucas Moura added to Metz's woes adding a fifth to make the scoreline that suggest this game was a rout for Unai Emery's side.
Metz coach Hinschberger (also red carded for disputing the sending off) will be encouraged by what he saw but also thinking "what if" had his men played with a full side against the Ligue 1 leaders. PSG head off to Glasgow for Champions League action and welcome Lyon to Parc des Princes next weekend as they look to maintain their perfect start to the 17/18 campaign.
Metz vs PSG live
90'+1' Sebastien Desiage calls time. All over with a 1-5 win for Unai Emery's side.
90' Fans leaving the ground with 1 minute of time to be added
AS English man of the match: Neymar JR
86' 86' 86' The Brazilian bundles the ball home after it kindly bounces back to him off the Metz post.
Lucas makes it 5
85' PSG lining up to score but Mbappe fails to secure contact on the ball. Unfazed by the scoreline, Metz fans generate some last minutes of noise. How different would the match have transpired but for the red card .....
82' Metz break but the move comes to nothing as PSG make their final change: Rabiot off and Nkunku his replacement
Metz refuse to roll-over despite the scoreline and playing with one man less. The red card really has changed the dynamic of the game. 79'
Metz: Fernandez on and Roux on
PSG: Lucas on, Cavani off / Motta off Lo Celslo on
Bad luck for the home sides as the ball bounces off a defender percetly for the PSG striker who taps home
Goooooool. Cavani makes it 4 for PSG
Neymar Jr of Paris Saint-Germain Football Club or PSG in action during the Ligue 1 match between Metz and PSG
A goal a piece from the PSG trident of Cavani, Mbappe & Neymar72'
70' Shots: Metz 6 v 18 PSG
Neymar makes it 3. Excellent strike from the Brazilian
Metz. Udol on for Cafu
65' Metz clearly rattled by the card and PSG goal as Cavani rocks the Metz crossbar with a fierce drive (ruled offside). Third goal seems imminent....
64' PSG back enjoying the domination and control of the early period of the first half
Metz coach Philippe Hinschberger has also been red carded for complaining about the Assou Ekotto card
55th min change for Metz: Nguette on and Riviere off
59' Dreadful passage of play for the home side, losing a man and then gifting Mbappe a goal (which to be fair was well taken) ....
58' So, what can PSG do now? .... thirty minutes remaining at Metz and the home side with just ten men
Major problems for the home side now with ten men.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto awarded straight red for terrible hack on Mbappe
54' Pressure now from PSG as Metz forced to concede back to back corner kicks which the Parisian side fail to use with any end product.
52' Changes imminent for PSG with players warming up...Emery clearly not happy with what he's seeing....
50' Metz still clearly spurred on by the goal and playing with a side boosted with a confidence injection.
48' What was Marquinhos thinking off as he tried the pass-back to Areola?
48' Metz miss an open goal as Riviere blazes over after a mess-up in the PSG rear-guard. What a let-off for Emery's men...
47' Apart from some early flurries of skill, we've seen little from Kylian Mbappe this evening.
No changes at the break for either side
46' The visitors will get us underway for the second half...
Sebastien Desiage calls time on the action with the match nicely tied at 1-1
45' One minute of time to be added to the half and Emery's side will be the happier to hear the whistle.
44' What a difference a goal makes as PSG lack the early fluidty of the first period of the game. Metz fans playing their role too in pushing the home side along.
42' Neymar goes close forcing Kawashima to save well just as the home side gain confidence fighting for every breaking ball
41' Metz full of belief at the moment !!!
Card for Draxler for a poor challenge on Balliu
Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain Football Club celebrates scoring the first goal of the game
Mathieu Dossevi did well in providing the assist but one has to question the PSG defending....
36' Riviere nodding home unmarked to draw the home side level
Metz score !!!!!!!
34' Beautiful link-up play between Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani with El Matador firing into the Metz keepers arms. Moments later PSG break and a great header fro Cavano forces Kawashima to save well.
METZ 0-1 PSG
31' Great assist fron Neymar cutting open the Metz defence and the Uruguayan striker rounds the keeper perfectly to fire home
Cavani ....Buuuuuuut .... PSG goa ahead
26' Presnel Kimpembe fouls former St Etienne player Cohade as the ball breaks to Roux who fires the ball off the PSG post. Metz much better now as the game falls into a more established pattern.
26' Meunier goes close for Paris but sees his shot rustle the side netting
25' Danger from Metz as Cohade fires in a dangerous ball to the box with Marquinos called into action to head clear for the visitors.
22' Can't help the feeling that once PSG score the first goal, the floodgates could open .....
22' Cavani dinks the ball off the post. El Matador did everything right, beating the keeper but just lacked precision with the shot.
20' Meunier hacks down Assou-Ekotto and offers a slight respite for Metz. Lonk free-kick from the men in burgundy over hit and once again they offer the initiative back to Paris.
The other Ligue 1 game played earlier this evening ended: Lille 0-0 Bordeaux
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar passes the ball during the French L1 football match between Metz (FCM) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)
15' Possession after 15': Metz 27-73% PSG
Excellent build-up play from Neymar, Mbappe and Yuri linking well wuth slick one-touch passing. Metz15' with little answer so far in the game.
13' Free-kick for PSG, poor delivery from Neymar floating the ball strainght into the arms of Kawashima
Draxler (right) and Yuri (today acting as a left back) looking very dangerous for the men in yellow on both flanks.
11' Cavani latches onto a breaking ball as the Metz keeper spills bbut is ruled offside.
9' Despite the poor performance on the pitch so far, the home fans are not deterred by what they see making plenty of noise at the compact Stade Saint-Symphorien as the men in burgundy win a corner.
7' Metz have yet to make a foray into the PSG half and we've had well over five minutes of action.
4' Mbappe gets the ball and immediately teases the Metz defenders with tricks and flicks... All PSG at the moment with Metz unable to retain possession.
3' 3' Cohade hacks Cavani and is lucky to escape with just a warning from the match official.
Perfect evening for football in the Lorainne region of Northern France with a mild 18C temperature
1' Off we go, the home side get us underway.....
All set in Metz, the home side in all burgundy, PSG in all yellow and Mpabbe wearing the No. 29 shirt
Excellent atmosphere at the Stade Saint-Symphorien with both sets of fans making tremendous noise.
PSG set to ear their yellow change kit this evening with Metz in their traditional burgundy
The PSG squad arriving at the Stade Saint Symphorien this evening
AS English Metz-PSG predictions: Will says 1-4, David 0-3 and Paul opts for 1-3.
This is how the Ligue 1 table looks ahead of tonight's action. PSG top and Metz rock bottom
Mbappe starts !
And here's how Le Parisien believe the teams will line out.
Here's a look at potential line-ups from both sides. L'Equipe first.
Could the spectators at Metz's Stade Saint-Symphorien be set to witness the debut of teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé in a PSG shirt or will Unai Emery adopt a prudent approach and ease the youngster and most expensive French footballer in history into the fray bit-by-bit?
Metz have had a dreadful start to the campaign and lie rock bottom of the Ligue 1 table with zero points to their name and have just found the opposition net on one occasion of the four games played to date this season with Nolan Roux on target for the men in Burgundy.
PSG are flying high and have convincingly outplayed all opponents in securing maximum points and it's very, very, very difficult to see the home side getting anything from the game with the firepower the Parisian side have at their disposable with a formidable striking trio of Edinson Cavini, Neymar Jr. and possibly Mbappé looking to wreak havoc on the Metz rear-guard.
The side from the Lorraine region can take a glimmer of hope from last season's performance at the Saint-Symphorien when it took an injury time winner for the side from the capital to secure maximum points with Blaise Matudi bagging in the 93rd minute after it appeared that Diabate had tied the game in the 88th minute for Metz.
Metz team news
Late signings Emmanuel Riviere and Philipp Wallscheid are expected to make their Metz debuts at some point during the encounter and the home faithful will look to marksman Roux to try and trouble the PSG back-line.
Metz head coach Philippe Hinschberger claimed in his pre-match press conference that he would look to the collective of his side to combat the individual excellence in the PSG team.
The small city of Metz is expectant with all 25.000 seats for the stadium now sold-out with locals anxious to see if their side are capable of pulling out the first major surprise of the 2017/18 Ligue 1 campaign and take points off the giants from Paris.
PSG team news
Thiago Silva and Angel di Maria are both out with hamstring injuries, and join Lucas on the sidelines. Di Maria's absence could see Emery opting to play new signing Mbappé alongside Edinson Cavani and Neymar on Friday.
Marco Verratti is back from suspension and the Italian player will slot back into a central midfield role.
When asked about the possibility of the most expensive player in French history starting in Metz, Unai Emery hinted that the 18 year will almost certainly play some role in Friday's game stating: "Mbappé is ready. He took part in training with the rest of the squad on Monday and Tuesday even if, because he had played for France, it was rather about recovery. On Wednesday and Thursday, he'll take part in the sessions. He's ready to be in the squad at Metz and so he could start playing with us. He really wants to get stuck into this adventure."
Metz vs PSG live stream: potential line-ups
Metz XI: Kawashima, Balliu, Bisevac, Wallscheid, Assou-Ekotto,Cafu, Poblette,Jallow, Cohade, Fernandez & Roux
PSG XI: Areola,Meunier, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa,Verratti, Motta, Rabiot, Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar
Metz vs PSG live stream online: betting and odds
High flying an big spending PSG travel to bottom side Metz with 0 points after four games and just a solitary goal scored for their trouble. A home win ? A long shot at 26/1!
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