One of the most heated rivalries in France, Le Classique, saw Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) emerge victorious against bitter foes Marseille with a dominant 3-0 win at the Stade Velodrome. Despite PSG having an eye on their impending Champions League clash against Bayern Munich in ten days’ time, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi put on a show for the fans with a combined stellar performance that included two goals from Mbappe and one from Messi, who also assisted Mbappe’s strikes.
Despite entering the match in poor form and holding a five-point lead atop the Ligue 1 table over Marseille, PSG knew that any further missteps could be damaging to their title charge. However, they put up a solid display to increase their lead to eight points by the end of the game.
Marseille started the game strongly, testing PSG’s defense, but Mbappe’s goal from a Messi assist put an end to their momentum, and PSG never looked back. With this goal, Messi scored his first Le Classique goal and his 700th club goal of his illustrious career. Mbappe’s second goal helped him equal Edinson Cavani’s all-time PSG goal-scoring record.
The only downside of the match for PSG was the early exit of defender Presnel Kimpembe, who suffered a non-contact injury and was stretchered off in tears. With Kimpembe confirmed to miss the rest of the season, PSG’s thin defensive lineup could become a concern going forward.
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FULLTIME: Maseille 0-3 PSG
Marseille started Le Classique well in front of a boisterous home crowd at the Stade Velodrome, but Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi both put that to bed very quickly.
By the final whistle, PSG had secured a resounding victory, their first overwhelming win in months, moving them eight points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table. Marseille were left licking their wounds, rueing both wastefulness at the front and a few slight mistakes in transition at the back.
This is how PSG were meant to be, with two of the game’s best ever combining to punish opponents for even the slightest error. If they play like this against Bayern in 10 days’ time, it will be an absolute treat to watch.
Marseille vs PSG: Second Half
90th min: Chance, Marseille! ANOTHER HUGE SAVE BY DONNARUMMA! It’s a point-blank chance for Marseille substitute Vitinha with only the goalkeeper to beat, but he redirects the cross right at the PSG goalkeeper. Still, Donnarumma has almost no time to react, and he drops to make the save despite the very poor finish.
87th min: There has been very little action as this match comes to a close, with the eventual result all but official. Gianluigi Donnarumma easily clutches a cross from out wide right as Marseille just delay the inevitable.
80th min: Marseille defender Leonardo Balerdi has a go on the bicycle kick looking for a spectacular consolation for the hosts, but it goes well wide. They’ve been so wasteful in front of goal all match long; PSG’s outburst will get the headlines, but Marseille have been quite disappointing in front of net.
Alexis Sanchez comes off and Marseille’s Vitinha comes onto the field, not to be confused with PSG’s midfielder with the same (shortened) name. Ruslan Malinovsky and Cengiz Under also exit, with Dimitri Payet and Azzedine Ounahi entering.
75th min: Nuno Mendes, still recently back from a muscle injury, is subbed off in favor of Juan Bernat. It was a great performance tonight from Nuno who was dangerous going forward and also defensively sound against Nuno Tavares of Marseille.
69th min: This Stade Velodrome crowd, which has been quieted by this PSG performance, has a chuckle as Lionel Messi is quite literally decleated by a great tackle in midfield. He takes his time putting his boot back on while Marseille possess the ball.
65th min: Chance, Marseille! WHAT a stop by Gianluigi Donnarumma! A header by Alexis Sanchez is stopped only by the fingertips of the Italian goalkeeper diving to his right, and then while sprawled on the ground, he snatches up the ball as players look to get on the rebound.
Igor Tudor makes a change, with Eric Bailly replaced by Jonathan Clauss. The former Manchester United defender was carved to pieces today, with the left PSG attacking flank enjoying plenty of space on that edge.
64th min: Pau Lopez comes off his line to cut down a tight-angle chance for Nuno Mendes who was streaking in on goal around his defender. The chance would have been nullified had Nuno found the net, as he was clearly offside on the through ball.
61st min: PSG, up three goals, now make the first change as Warren Zaire-Emery comes on for Nordi Mukiele, slotting in at right-back. Zaire-Emery, just 16 years old, was reportedly the emergency right-back before the match had Mukiele not proven fit for the match, and he now is tasked with the final 30 minutes at that spot. Achraf Hakimi is not available today due to a thigh injury.
55th min: GOAL! PSG! Kylian Mbappe has equaled Edinson Cavani’s PSG club record of 200 career goals with a sensational volley! It’s from Lionel Messi again, this time on a little chip over the defense, which Mbappe meets before it hits the ground!
Messi today has one goal and two assists, while Mbappe has two goals and one assist, both combining for all three PSG goals. The two forwards are on another level today!
51st min: Chance, PSG! It’s been a quiet start to the half for both sides, but Kylian Mbappe crops up with a big chance in front of goal as he plays an exceptional one-two with Vitinha, but he doesn’t get quite the curl he wants on the shot, and it goes just wide of the far post.
Presnel Kimpembe is spotted on the TV broadcast back on the PSG bench, but on crutches. It’s quite likely he’ll be sidelined for a while, which is a big blow to the thin PSG defensive ranks.
Kickoff: Marseille have a lot of positives to be taken from the opening 45 minutes, but they were punished dearly on the counter, and now have a huge deficit to make up.
Yet Marseille have lost only one of their five matches this season in which they conceded the first goal. Can they breach the leaky PSG defense in this second half? We’re about to find out, as Igor Tudor makes no changes to his lineup out of the break.
HALFTIME: Marseille 0-2 PSG
Goal number one: Lionel Messi to Kylian Mbappe. Goal number two: Kylian Mbappe to Lionel Messi.
Marseille dominated much of the opening 20 minutes, but two counter-attacks resulted in two goals and PSG lead big at the halftime break. It’s all so disappointing for Marseille, who were up to the task from the opening whistle, but wilted once PSG punished them for a few small mistakes. It feels a long way back now for the hosts who are in danger of falling eight points back in the Ligue 1 title race.
Bayern Munich are on notice, as the German club will see how dangerous PSG are if you give them even an inch of room on the counter. With their Champions League match coming up, that will be in the back of their minds.
Marseille vs PSG: First Half
45+1 min: Chance, Marseille! Stade Velodrome explodes in anger as Marco Verratti yanks back Ruslan Malinovsky at the top of the penalty area right as the Ukrainian is about to shoot. It’s just a few feet outside the top of the penalty area, meaning it’s just a free-kick and not a penalty. As the half comes to a close, Alexis Sanchez stands over the ball and delivers an effort over the wall, but Gianluigi Donnarumma is there to tip it over the crossbar acrobatically! The corner is cleared and the half comes to a close.
44th min: Marseille have completely fallen apart. They’re showing their frustration often, and wasting possession consistently. A free-kick chance is sailed miles over the 18-yard box and sent out of play by Jordan Veretout.
39th min: Chance, PSG! PSG are FLYING right now, to the point where Marquinhos of all people is making far-post runs! He’s in an advanced position and receives a through-ball, letting fly from a tight angle on the right, but it’s a defender’s finish, and he scuffs it wide.
38th min: Chance, PSG! Kylian Mbappe is free on goal, but can’t get a shot off before Pau Lopez smothers the chance! That was a huge opportunity right on the goal mouth, but under pressure from Matteo Guendouzi, Mbappe got the ball a bit stuck at his feet.
36th min: Marseille’s dominance of this match is a distant memory. Kylian Mbappe has another go, this time from a good distance out, but he sails it well high and wide. He probably could have played a teammate either in the area or square atop the 18-yard-box. The hosts were clearly in the ascendancy at one point, but that feels long gone.
33rd min: Chance, PSG! Lionel Messi has a massive opportunity to go 3-0 up, but he somehow misses with the goal gaping! You’d expect the world-class Argentine to score that 100 times out of 100!
It’s also surprising that VAR does not intervene here, as Vitinha is quite clearly taken down with a push from behind as he could have reached the cross before it came to Messi. No call, and no intervention from VAR, means they play on.
30th min: GOAL! PSG! Well, Marseille are controlling this game, but they’re down 2-0, as they concede on the counter again! This time, it’s Kylian Mbappe on the left who finds Lionel Messi streaking down the middle of the penalty area, and his nutmeg pass is inch-perfect right to the feet of Messi on the doorstep for an easy tap-in.
Those two are on top of the world! The goal is Messi’s 700th of his club career, quite a milestone.
28th min: Chance Marseille! Eric Bailly has the ball in the back of the net, but it’s brought back for a clear handball. Bailly was simply in the way of a vicious long-range effort, as it hit his arm and settled right at his feet.
26th min: GOAL! PSG! Nobody else in the world is more dangerous on the counter than Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe! With PSG being battered, they get one counter-attack and those two world-class players combine to open the scoring.
On a turnover in midfield, it’s three-on-three and Messi runs the break. Mbappe makes an exceptional diagonal run, and he gets the shot off before Eric Bailly’s tackle, stabbing the hosts in the heart.
24th min: Nearly the entire last 15 minutes have been played in the PSG half. Marseille haven’t had many chances on goal, and have made a mess of the few they worked, but it feels as if PSG need to gain control of the match or else the opener is inevitable. Sead Kolasinac is fouled on the wing, and the home fans go ballistic.
19th min: Chance, Marseille! Matteo Guendouzi links up with his former Arsenal teammate Sead Kolasinac in the penalty area, and Nuno Tavares has another go on goal, but he comes up empty with another good chance, whipping the ball across the face, unable to get it on frame. This PSG defense continues to have issues allowing teams to find openings on goal, and they’re lucky that Tavares has been wasteful.
16th min: Danilo finally enters for Kimpembe, sliding into the back three. Kimpembe is shown being carried in the stretcher down the tunnel with his head in his hands. Absolutely hate to see that.
13th min: Chance, Marseille! WHAT a tackle by Nuno Mendes! Marseille wing-back Nuno Tavares had acres of space on the right side of the penalty area on the counter, but he took too many touches, and that allowed the PSG defender to recover. It’s an exceptional tackle to stop the chance!
There’s a huge issue here for visitors as Presnel Kimpembe is face down on the turf, and Christophe Galtier is informed he will need a substitution. It’s unclear what the injury is, but whatever the issue, this is a huge problem for PSG as they are already short on defenders due to injury. Kimpembe is stretchered off in tears, as the French international’s injury troubles continue, as he’d only just returned from a weeks-long absence.
Guendouzi had a shot but it was blocked from a tight angle on the right edge of the six-yard box.
5th min: Kylian Mbappe wins a corner after beating two Marseille defenders on the left but running out of space, and his cross is deflected out of play. It’s played short and cycled around to the top of the penalty area, and Mbappe finally lofts it into the penalty area, creating an awkward situation for Pau Lopez who tips it over the crossbar.
The second corner is driven to the near post and headed out by Jordan Veretout for a third PSG corner in quick succession. The next delivery is the best of the bunch but defended well by Marseille.
3rd min: This game has featured a bit of a chippy start. Matteo Guendouzi fouls Kylian Mbappe, then Sead Kolasinac fouls Marco Verratti. PSG players taking their lumps here early on, with the Marseille fans jeering them as they go to ground. Nordi Mukiele sends a cross into the penalty area but its cleared, as PSG break the Marseille press for the first time.
Kickoff: The players are out onto the Stade Velodrome pitch and the match is under way! How will the Ligue 1 title race look after the 90 minutes of action in southern France? Will it be a two-point gap, five-point gap, or eight-point gap between first and second at full-time?
Marseille vs PSG: Pre-match commentary, analysis, stats, and more
6 mins to kick: The PSG squad took the field for warmups earlier to a resounding chorus of boos from the Marseille faithful, who were in full force at Stade Velodrome well before kickoff. Quite the reception for the visiting side, will it affect them during the match?
13 mins to kick: The Marseille fans are in full voice at Stade Velodrome in southern France! The trip from Paris to Marseille between venues is an eight hour drive, so instead the PSG squad flew, hopping on a brief 90 minute flight.
22 mins to kick: PSG have one eye on the return fixture in Champions League play at Bayern Munich in 10 days’ time. They trail 1-0 after the first leg at home, and have their backs against the wall. Bayern earlier today secured a hugely emotional 3-0 win over Union Berlin, which pushed them back atop the Bundesliga table and made a statement in their domestic league race over a fellow title contender. Can PSG do the same? They certainly need it in a bad way.
31 mins to kick: Kylian Mbappe is within striking distance of the all-time lead amongst PSG goal scorers in the history of the club. He has 198 goals for PSG across all competitions, just two behind the club leader Edinson Cavani, who collected a nice round 200 during his time in Paris.
He still has a ways to go to reach Cavani on the all-time goal scoring chart, as the Uruguayan has 437 goals in his career, which is more than double Mbappe’s total of 230. Don’t worry though, as Mbappe, at just 24 years old, has plenty of time to catch up.
48 mins to kick: It took longer than expected to get lineups for this match, but they’re finally in. Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi start for PSG, as does Nordi Mukiele as mentioned earlier. Interestingly, however, Christophe Galtier has chosen to leave Hugo Ekitike on the bench in favor of an extra midfielder in Vitinha, switching to a 3-5-2 from his usual 3-4-3 formation.
For Marseille, Dimitri Payet remains nothing more than a bench option during his difficult season, while Azzedine Ounahi is sat a week after being yanked at halftime of his first start for the club. Oddly, Marseille only have seven substitutes available, less than the allowable nine.
65 mins to kick: With Achraf Hakimi missing due to a thigh injury, there are reports that Nordi Mukiele will get the start at right wing-back, a surprise considering that Mukiele himself has only just returned from the trainer’s room. There was speculation that if Mukiele could not go today, that young midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery was preparing to play the position.
77 mins to kick: Le Classique doesn’t get quite the attention that other major European rivalries do, but it still produces an incredible fervor from the Ligue 1 fans!
108 mins to kick: Speaking of Messi, there’s been a lot of speculation over his future at PSG. Fabrizio Romano reported after the World Cup that Messi had agreed to a contract extension with the club, staving off attempts from other clubs to lure him elsewhere. Yet that has not come to fruition officially, and with the silence from both camps, doubts have crept in as to whether he’ll actually sign on the dotted line.
A report from French publication Le Parisien has now stated that Champions League elimination could see Messi seek a new challenge, and comments from Inter Miami head coach Phil Neville have muddied the waters further, as he admitted the club has made an approach for Messi.
120 mins to kick: Lionel Messi, along with his Argentine cohorts Emiliano Martinez and Lionel Scaloni, are up for FIFA’s The Best awards, which are announced tomorrow during the event in Paris. Messi is expected to be the eventual winner of the player of the year award for 2022, while Martinez is up for the goalkeeper award and Scaloni nominated for the managerial award.
Even though voting is complete and we are no longer in the 2022 award window, a winning moment in Le Classique would be a nice cap to his resume before the awards are handed out, where he’s almost surely going to win.