PSG's seventh consecutive victory
While in Russia there is a struggle for leadership in the standings, representatives of the big five European championships are just opening the new season with the battle for the Super Bowl. The first winner of the honorary trophy was determined in France, where the champion of the country "Paris Saint-Germain" fought with "Rennes". For Thomas Tukhel's charges, this meeting was more than principled, because it was the red-blacks who beat them in the national cup final and did not allow them to make a golden double.
An interesting feature of this meeting was that it was not held in France. Over the past ten years, the match for the Super Bowl has always been held outside the state, which allowed football fans from Canada, China, Morocco, Tunisia, Austria and Gabon to watch it. Shenzhen also became the first city, twice honored to take on the battle for the trophy. A year ago, PSG defeated Monaco here with a score of 4: 0 and began the season with a triumph for the sixth time in a row.
According to the starting protocol, it became clear that the Parisians are seriously determined to take revenge on their opponents for failing in the French Cup final. Almost all team leaders appeared on the field, including Kilian Mbappa and Edinson Cavani, as well as star newcomers in the person of Ander Herrera and Pablo Sanabria. “Rennes”, on the contrary, appeared in a semi-reserve composition, in which neither the best player of the team in the “goal + pass” system (13 + 11) Ismaila Sarah, nor the leading striker Mbay Nyanga, who was bought from Torino for € 15 million. Both received rest due to participation in the African Cup of Nations.
However, this did not prevent the wards of Julien Stefan to shock the start of the match and get ahead. Already in the 13th minute, nominal guests succeeded fast counterattack. Benjamin Bourijo performed a filigree pass into the penalty area, which Andrien Enu locked with his knee. Thus, Renna players were able to convert their only shot on goal for the half to a goal. For comparison, the Parisians were much less effective - 12 shots, of which only one on the target and not a single goal scored.
However, the difference in the class still determined the result of the confrontation. In the second half, Tuhelya's wards thoroughly seized the advantage and, with a difference of 16 minutes, twice grieved Tomasz Koubek. At first, Mbappé completed a beautiful positional attack involving Marquinhos and Sarabia, and then Angel Di Maria said his weighty word. It took him only 12 minutes to brilliantly execute the penalty and to establish the final score of the meeting.
However, this important events are not over. During the celebration there was a conflict between Mbappa and Neymar. A few months ago it became known that the Brazilian wanted to leave the French club and return to Barcelona, which his partners hardly liked. So, Kilian defiantly pushed the most expensive player on the planet, not allowing him to be captured in the team photo.
Mbappe literally put him out lmaoo pic.twitter.com/xNAIV22GQ2- Clem (@PSGDub) August 3, 2019
The success of Borussia
In Germany, the owner of the Super Bowl was determined in the confrontation of irreconcilable rivals - “Bavaria” and “Borussia” from Dortmund. In the entire history, teams have contested this trophy in full-time confrontation six times, and by this time they had three victories in their assets. Moreover, the "bumblebees" for a long time led with a score of 3: 1, but over the past three years have lost twice. In 2016, it was decided by Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller, and a year later FC Hollywood was stronger in the 11-meter series. The decisive blunder was made by defender Mark Bartra, currently defending the colors of "Betis".
The battle between Bavaria and Borussia is super-fundamental. Therefore, there was no doubt that the mentors will release the main squads on the field. As a result, almost all the leaders were in the application, with the exception of a number of injured. So, Roman Bürki, Julian Brandt, Torgan Azar, Lucas Hernández and Serge Gnabry could not get to the emerald lawn "Signal Iduna Park".
The beginning of the meeting left for the hosts. Already at the 47th second, Marco Royce could have opened the account, but Manuel Neuer made an incredible save and thereby corrected Nicklas Süle's blunder in the center of the field. However, at the end of a quarter of an hour, the goalkeeper himself had almost “brought” a goal into his own goal. In an attempt to interrupt the opponent's attack, he made a breakthrough almost to the center of the field, but overestimated his speed skills. Paco Alcácer ahead of the German and shot through the empty goal, but missed.
After that, Munich seized the initiative and squeezed the opponent in his penalty area, but the ball refused to go to the net. Robert Levandewki and Kingsley Koman missed several excellent moments, and Leon Goretsk was so aimed at the gate that in one of the episodes he knocked down goalkeeper of the opponent Marvin Hits.
Before the break, the spectators did not see the goals scored, but after that they became witnesses of two goalings at once. And in both of them Jedon Sancho took direct part. First, one of the main discoveries of the past season was assisted by Alcacer, having previously left four players from Bavaria out of work. And then he sent the ball between his legs to Neuer himself. The performance of the young Englishman so angered his opponents that Yozua Kimmich deliberately stepped on his ankle.
In the second half, Bayern surpassed their rival in ball possession (67:33) and struck twice as many shots on target (4: 2), but could not even win one goal. Koman and Muller at point-blank shot Hits, but he miraculously kept his goal intact.
Borussia won and won the German Super Cup for the sixth time in history. For this indicator, it confidently takes second place and is inferior only to Bavaria. At the moment in the asset "FC Hollywood" one trophy more. It is remarkable that Munich is leading not only in the number of victories, but also in the number of defeats. So, they returned home six times with nothing, and four of these failures occurred in the period from 2013.