PSG lifted their 10th Champions Trophy on Wednesday at the expense of OM (2-1).
For the eighth consecutive year, the tenth in its history, the PSG won the Champions Trophy this Wednesday evening at the Bollaert stadium in Lens – a gala match which this time pitted the Parisian champion against his first runner-up from the previous year, OM – the Coupe de France 2020 having also fallen into the hands of the club of the capital.
Surprised at the Parc des Princes on September 19 in the championship (0-1), the Parisians were keen to make up for it in the context of this Trophy. They did it with Neymar on the bench at kickoff, and despite a Mbappé still appeared inside during this game. Fortunately for Paris, Icardi was inspired. Enough to deceive Mandanda’s vigilance in the first act, after a well-felt header following a bright opening from Di Maria (1-0, 39e).
Neymar and Payet at the rendezvous
The same Argentinian scorer will strike the crossbar of the Marseille cage in added time (45e+2). A warning free of charge, well received by the Olympians who on returning from the locker room – despite Mandanda’s injury exit – were able to show more conviction. Therefore more offensive, more incisive, the Marseillais did not worry Navas so much. And Neymar, launched shortly after the hour mark, to finally sign the goal of the break from the penalty spot, after a cavalier exit from Pelé against Icardi, again him (2-0, 85e).
Thus defeated, OM still had the merit of reducing the gap at the very end of the game – with a nicely conducted action concluded by Payet (2-1, 89e). A sign that PSG were not as calm and sovereign as usual against their best enemy – except for their last duel to date. In less than a month, on February 7, it will be the Olympians’ turn to be vindictive, as part of the 24e lifting of Ligue 1.