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PSG Nears Ligue 1 Title After Win Over Ajaccio

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PSG Nears Ligue 1 Title After Win Over Ajaccio

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In a dominant display of skill and precision, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) emerged victorious against Ajaccio in a match that confirmed the Corsican side’s relegation to Ligue 2. The game, held at the iconic Parc des Princes, showcased PSG’s determination to secure the Ligue 1 title, as they extended their lead over second-placed Lens by six points.

The match kicked off with an electrifying atmosphere, albeit with mixed reactions for one particular player. Lionel Messi, recently banned by the club for an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia, experienced a combination of whistles and applause as his name reverberated through the stadium.

Nevertheless, the majority of the PSG faithful drowned out the jeers with resounding support for the Argentine superstar. Despite the hostile reception, Messi remained focused and determined to contribute to the team’s success, exhibiting the resilience he has shown throughout his illustrious career.

The breakthrough for PSG arrived in the 22nd minute when Fabian Ruiz coolly slotted home a beautifully threaded pass from Danilo. The Spanish midfielder showcased his composure and clinical finishing, securing his second goal in as many games. PSG continued their relentless attack, and shortly after, Achraf Hakimi capitalized on a rebound, courtesy of Kylian Mbappe’s effort, to double their lead. Although there were claims of handball in the buildup to the goal, it stood, much to the chagrin of the Ajaccio players.


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The second half witnessed a rampant PSG side unleash an onslaught of goals. Mbappe, demonstrating his predatory instincts, found the back of the net twice in quick succession, propelling his goal tally to an impressive 25 for the season. The French striker’s goals reaffirmed his position as the league’s leading scorer, further solidifying his reputation as one of the world’s most prolific forwards.

To compound Ajaccio’s misery, midfielder Mohamed Youssouf inadvertently deflected a shot from Marquinhos into his own net, adding insult to injury. The match took a heated turn in the closing stages, as a challenge on Messi triggered a needless scuffle between the players. Both Hakimi and Ajaccio’s Thomas Mangani were subsequently shown red cards, leaving both teams with ten men on the field.

With the final whistle, PSG emerged as convincing 5-0 winners, delivering a statement of intent in their pursuit of the Ligue 1 title. Coach Christophe Galtier praised the team’s determination and acknowledged the pressure from Lens, emphasizing the importance of maintaining their focus and avoiding any missteps.

Match Highlights

Meanwhile, in another Ligue 1 fixture, Strasbourg secured a vital 2-0 victory over Nice, thanks to the heroics of Senegalese forward Habib Diallo. Diallo’s brace in this match took his tally to an impressive 20 goals for the season, becoming the first Strasbourg player to achieve this feat in a top-flight campaign since 1977-78. The win propelled Strasbourg six points clear of the relegation zone, signaling a remarkable turnaround for the team after a challenging start to the season.

Diallo’s opener against Nice came within the first 40 seconds of the game. Demonstrating his poise and technique, he expertly controlled Ibrahima Sissoko’s lofted pass over the defense before calmly slotting the ball past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Later, Diallo converted a penalty, awarded after Jean-Ricner Bellegarde was brought down in the box by Jordan Lotomba. His clinical finishing and consistent goal-scoring form have been instrumental in Strasbourg’s recent success, propelling them up the league standings.


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