Player ratings as Neymar shines for visitors

November 6, 2022


PSG had to dig deep to overcome a spirited Lorient performance and extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1.

Lorient handed PSG the perfect start to the game after less than 10 minutes when goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo dawdled on the ball and allowed Neymar to close down his eventual clearance.

Hugo Ekitike rolled the ball back to Neymar and the Brazilian calmly rounded Mvogo and slotted home to open the scoring.

This would prove to be Mvogo’s only contribution to the afternoon’s proceedings, as he picked up a knock and had to be replaced by former Arsenal stopper Vito Mannone.

The rest of the first half was a tepid affair, with PSG in control and Lorient happy just to keep the league leaders at bay.

The match resumed after the interval at a similar pace and this was beginning to look like a game that would be quickly be consigned to the dustbin of history. Lorient, however, didn’t appear to have read the script.

The hosts had to bide their time, but when an opportunity presented itself they pounced as Terem Moffi made an intelligent run and beat Gianluigi Donnarumma at his near post to level the scores.

The equaliser seemed to spark confidence in Lorient and chaos in the PSG defence, and Moffi could have had a second goal moments later when he found space inside the penalty area only to hit the crossbar.

It was Lorient with the momentum as the second half wore on, with the hosts beginning to grow in confidence and keep the ball for longer spells.

PSG, meanwhile, looked bereft of the confidence and cohesion they’ve shown for much of this season, perhaps missing the influence of the injured Lionel Messi.

The champions’ off day was encapsulated by the indifferent performance of Kylian Mbappe, who just couldn’t seem to do anything right today and squandered some good opportunities.

But despite Lorient’s best efforts, they simply couldn’t keep the star-studded visitors at bay forever and were punished when Danilo Pereira headed home from Neymar’s corner.

PSG simply had too much in their locker for the hosts to deal with and they took the three points to extend their lead over Lens at the top of the table.

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It wasn’t a good day for Mbappe / GUILLAUME SOUVANT/GettyImages

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma – 5/10 – Hardly tested all game, but let Moffi’s effort fly past him at the near post. Not his best day.

RCB: Sergio Ramos – 7/10 – Solid defensively, but missed a couple of good chances that could have made the difference.

CB: Marquinhos – 6/10 – Looked a little uncomfortable at times today. Perhaps PSG weren’t expecting to face such spirited opposition?

LCB: Danilo Pereira – 8/10 – Stood firm as Lorient grew into the game in the second half and popped up with a late winner.

RWB: Achraf Hakimi – 6/10 – Not a bad showing per se, but you’d expect a player of Hakimi’s standard to stretch the Lorient defence more.

LWB: Nuno Mendes – 6/10 – Not quite on the same level as his midweek heroics in the Champions League.

CM: Vitinha – 7/10 – A composed presence in midfield as PSG dominated possession.

CM: Marco Verratti – 6/10 – Would have been good to see the more experienced midfielder do more to drive his side forward.

CAM: Neymar – 9/10 – PSG weren’t at their best today, but Neymar stood head and shoulders above his teammates. Made things happen every time he got on the ball.

ST: Hugo Ekitike – 7/10 – Showed great composure and selflessness to tee up Neymar for the opener.

ST: Kylian Mbappe – 5/10 – It just wasn’t Mbappe’s day, and nothing captured this better than when he ran onto Neymar’s through ball only to get the ball trapped under his feet. On another day, he’d have fancied himself to score a hatful.

SUB: Renato Sanches – 6/10 – Slotted in fine in Vitinha’s position.

SUB: Carlos Soler – 6/10 – Kept PSG driving forwards as they pushed for the winner.

SUB: Juan Bernat – 6/10 – Didn’t really produce much of note.

SUB: Pablo Sarabia – N/A

SUB: Nordi Mukiele – N/A