·27 May 2023
·27 May 2023
Paris Saint-Germain made history on Saturday night despite an underwhelming 1-1 draw against Strasbourg at the Stade de la Meinau.
Likewise, the home side needed a point to mathematically secure top-flight survival with a game to spare after a run of three league matches without losing (W2, D1) moved them six points above 17th-placed Nantes.
Given what was at stake it wasn’t a big surprise clear-cut chances were at a premium in the opening half an hour, with PSG massively struggling to break down the hosts’ backline.
Apart from a couple of faint penalty shouts on both ends, neither side showed too much in the attacking third.
Renato Sanchez came close to opening the scoring on the cusp of the half-hour mark, but Le Racing goalkeeper Matz Sels thwarted his close-range attempt with a brilliant save.
However, Strasbourg had the best chance of the first half as Habib Diallo’s thunderbolt strike from outside the box rattled off the left post, giving Gianluigi Donnarumma a sigh of relief.
PSG netted the opener through Lionel Messi, who received a precise pass from Kylian Mbappe and slotted the ball past Sels to put the visitors in front in the 59th minute.
In probably his last road trip with Christophe Galtier’s team, the Argentine showed composure and skill to give Paris a decisive nod towards a second consecutive league title.
But Les Parisiens paid the price for relinquishing attacking ambitions after going in front as second-half substitute Kevin Gameiro latched on to the rebound inside the six-yard box to level the score in the 79th minute.
Although it was hardly a title-worthy performance from PSG, they did enough tonight to cement their status as a supreme power in French football and compensate for another disappointing European campaign.
Galtier’s men welcome Clermont to the Parc des Princes on the final weekend in what could prove the last game in Paris for not only Messi.
After refusing to extend his contract in the French capital, Mbappe could also wave goodbye to his homeland in the coming months.