Ligue One: Icardi Scores First Goal As PSG Cruise Past Angers

Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentine forward Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Angers SCO at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on October 5, 2019. Lucas BARIOULET / AFP

 

Mauro Icardi scored his first Ligue 1 goal as Paris Saint-Germain moved five points clear at the top of the table with a 4-0 thrashing of high-flying Angers on Saturday.

The reigning champions had suffered a shock 2-0 loss in their previous home game against Reims, but had no such trouble at the Parc des Princes on this occasion despite their opponents’ surprisingly strong start to the season.

PSG head into the international break totally in control of the title race, although Nantes, who leapfrogged Angers into second on goal difference, could cut the gap to two points when they host Nice later on Saturday.

Neymar’s late strike rounded off a strong individual display as he continued to repair his relationship with the team’s fans after failing in his effort to force through a return to Barcelona.

Tuchel opted to rest Angel Di Maria, as on-loan Inter Milan striker Icardi was rewarded for his first PSG goal in midweek at Galatasaray with a full Ligue 1 debut.

The capital city club remained without the injured Edinson Cavani, while Kylian Mbappe missed out after suffering a setback in his recovery from a thigh problem.

But the first opportunity fell to in-form Angers forward Rachid Alioui, but the Algerian dallied on the ball and home goalkeeper Keylor Navas was able to save with his foot.

The hosts took the lead in the 13th minute, though, as Ander Herrera played in Pablo Sarabia, who cut inside and wrong-footed Ludovic Butelle in the Angers goal to net for the first time since joining PSG from Sevilla in the close-season.

The visitors continued to threaten on the counter-attack, with Navas having to beat away Baptiste Santamaria’s long-range drive.

The game was all but ended as a contest eight minutes before the break, as Neymar and Sarabia combined to give Icardi the simplest of tasks to fire into the roof of the net.

Although Spain international Sarabia scuffed a rebound after his inital shot was cleared off the line just before the hour mark, former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was on hand to tap in his first PSG goal.

But there was little respite for Angers, as Neymar launched a one-man mission in his attempt to get on the scoresheet.

The Brazilian was twice denied by Butelle in quick succession, before the goalkeeper produced a brilliant save with his legs when the world’s most expensive player was clean through on goal.

Neymar eventually found a way past Butelle in the final minute, rounding the ‘keeper and slotting into an empty net to complete a straightforward outing for PSG with his fourth goal of the campaign.

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Super Eagles’ Osimhen Scores As Lille Beat Angers

Lille’s Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen reacts after he scored a goal during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Angers (SCO) at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq on September 13, 2019.
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Nigerian youngster Victor Osimhen scored his fifth Ligue 1 goal of the season as Lille claimed a 2-1 win over Angers on Friday.

The 20-year-old Osimhen netted the opener six minutes before half-time to move clear of Lyon’s Memphis Depay at the top of the early goalscoring charts in France.

Luiz Araujo’s fine individual strike in the 53rd minute doubled the lead for last season’s runners-up, who held on to take their third victory of the new campaign despite a late goal from Angers forward Stephane Bahoken.

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Osimhen, who scored doubles in previous home victories over Saint-Etienne and Nantes, took advantage of a dreadful error by visiting goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle to grab his goal.

Lille is now third in the fledgeling table, level on points with leaders Paris Saint-Germain and second-placed Rennes.

Lyon could overtake them, though, when they visit Amiens later on Friday.

Reigning champions PSG could see Neymar feature for the first time this term after his long transfer saga when they host Strasbourg on Saturday.

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Enyeama Set To Join French Club Angers

(File Photo) Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama

Former Super Eagles captain and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is set to join struggling French club Angers when the January transfer window opens.

Enyeama is expected to replace Angers second choice goalkeeper Mathieu Michel who is close to a return to lower division side, Nimes Olympique.

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Reports say Angers must splash €500,000 to €1million to land Enyeama who has 18 months left on his current deal with Lille.

The 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner has been out of football for seven months owing to a knee injury.

 

French second-division side Angers signs Lionel Messi.

Angers head of youth recruitment Axel Labatiniere said his club watched Lionel Messi Nyamsi, a 17-year-old central midfielder who was born in Cameroon, playing for Toulouse Fontaines in February and was struck by his natural ability

Lionel Messi signed by french team, but not the Messi in this picture

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“I spotted him playing a tournament in the southwest of France,” Labatiniere said today.

“We gave him a trial at Angers. He has a really good feel for the game. We’ve offered him a contract. He is considering it.”

While Barcelona’s Messi has scored 55 times this season for the defending European and Spanish champions and recently set a club all-time record with 235 goals, his litle-known namesake hopes to join a relegation-battling club languishing in 15th place in division two.

“I’ve had other offers but I think I’ll end up at Angers,” Messi was quoted as saying on French football website Chronofoot.

“My greatest wish is to play alongside Leo Messi. I was born in Cameroon but I’m French. I would choose France.”

Messi is still playing for Toulouse Fontaines.