The big performance of Neymar, the address found of Mbappé, but also the match missed by Basaksehir: find the Tops and Flops of this PSG-Istanbul Basaksehir (5-1).
A gala Neymar
To have a big performance from PSG, you necessarily need a great Neymar. And the Brazilian was determined to leave his mark on this part, with a nice treble. In the game from the first minutes by being fair in his individual actions, he opened the ball with a magnificent solo rush: succeeding the small bridge on his opponent, he followed up with an unstoppable strike (21e). Less spectacular on his other two goals, that did not prevent him from being valuable elsewhere. Involved in all the goals of his team (he causes a penalty and found himself penultimate passer on the last), he seems irresistible when he plays in the direction of the collective like that.
Mbappé has found his sights again
He was chasing a goal in the Champions League in 2020 and he ended up scoring two in this final C1 meeting this year. Scorer from a penalty, he then scored closely after a caviar from Di Maria. He was, moreover, invaluable by his calls in depth and his availability on the front of the attack.
Verratti, so precious
The little Italian was so missed at this PSG. Back in this team, he again shows how valuable he is to his partners. A precise technical relay, it is such a good link between the middle and the attack and has again been the source of a lot of comebacks. Interesting in particular for launching Parisian counters, it seems essential to this team.
Placed at the heart of the three-way defense, Danilo has shown real progress in recent weeks. The Portuguese was particularly interesting in the air field, often being well placed to repel danger. He also went to great lengths to play simple on the raise, which had the knack of speeding up the game.
Basaksehir, voluntary but rough
Obviously marked by the events of Tuesday evening, theBasaksehir’s team took on the Parc des Princes. Even eliminated from the Champions League, Demba Ba’s teammates played the game with aggression. But they appeared, in the end, too feverish behind and logically suffered this large setback with too much space left between the lines and a lack of physical resources over the minutes.