Winner of the Urawa Reds (3-0) after an initial victory against Kawasaki Frontale (2-1), Paris Saint-Germain concluded their summer tour of Japan on Monday with a final duel against Gamba Osaka. For this meeting, Christophe Galtier decided to blow Kylian Mbappé and therefore lined up “his” 3-4-1-2 with Gianluigi Donnarumma, present in the Parisian goals and protected by Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe. The piston roles were provided by Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes while Marco Verratti and Vitinha found themselves in the double pivot. Supported by Lionel Messi, Neymar accompanied Pablo Sarabia on the attacking front. For its part, the Japanese formation, 16th in the J-League out of 18 teams after 22 days, presented itself in 3-4-2-1 with Masaaki Higashiguchi as the last bastion. In front of him, Shota Fukuoka, Genta Miura and Kwon Kyung-Won made up the central hinge. Kosuke Onose and Keisuke Kurokawa officiated, meanwhile, in the corridors while Mitsuki Saito and Dawhan found themselves in the midfield. Ahead of Jiro Nakamura and Hideki Ishig, Musashi Suzuki started alone in the lead.
In Osaka and under the eyes of 38,000 spectators gathered in the lair of Suita, the Parisians were quick to stand out. Launched in depth by Vitinha, Messi accelerated but his cross shot was finally diverted by the Japanese goalkeeper (4th). Interesting technically and master in possession, PSG continued their work of undermining. Found at the entrance to the area, Messi tried his luck again but Higashiguchi quietly captured (11th). Dominated, the Gamba Osaka reacted however and brought, on a big mess, the first scare in the Ile-de-France defense (13th). Whatever. PSG was moving forward. Served by Verratti, Neymar thought he would open the scoring but his shot was beautifully repelled by the foot of the Japanese goalkeeper (15th). In the process, Neymar, very active in this meeting, carried out a festival before finding Sarabia in withdrawal. Alone at six meters, the Spaniard saw his recovery captured in two stages by the last bastion of Gamba Osaka (20th). Unstoppable, Christophe Galtier’s men multiplied hot situations and if Hakimi once again fell on Higashiguchi (26th), Sarabia (finally) opened the scoring.
PSG rolls out, Neymar and Vitinha delight!
Served by Neymar, Messi still fell on a Japanese goalkeeper in a state of grace but Sarabia emerged and concluded victoriously (1-0, 28th). Led, the Gamba Osaka cracked again a few seconds later. After a new provocation on the left of the surface, Neymar was hooked and obtained a logical penalty. Full of composure, the Brazilian did himself justice and gave his team a two-goal lead (2-0, 32nd). Stunned, however, the Japanese team immediately reduced the gap. Despite a save on his Donnarumma line, Kurokawa – opportunistic – finished the action with a flat right foot from close range. Stung to the quick, PSG quickly regained some fresh air. Found on a wonderful ball from Vitinha, very attractive in the first act, Nuno Mendes, lonely on the left, followed up with a superb shot which left Higashiguchi no chance (3-1, 37th). Boosted by this achievement, the capital club continued its momentum. Shifted to the left by Messi, Neymar found his former Barça teammate who finished perfectly with a flat foot (4-1, 39th). Overwhelmed, the residents of J-League took the hit and narrowly avoided a fifth goal on a new number from Neymar, extremely convincing during the first 45 minutes. Large dominators, the Parisians thus returned to the locker room with a good lead on the scoreboard.
After the break and despite the many changes in the premises, the face of this meeting hardly changed. Author of a magnificent job in the heart of the area, Messi thought to offer himself a double but his attempt from the right flew into the sky of Osaka (49th). In the process, Vitinha armed a heavy strike (52nd) but it was finally Neymar who offered himself a double. Found by a superb opening from Messi in depth, the Brazilian striker went to dribble the Japanese goalkeeper to conclude in the empty goal on the hour mark (5-1, 60th). Moment chosen by Christophe Galtier to launch Kylian Mbappé, author of some flashes. In control, PSG managed the last half hour and Hakimi was also very close to participating in the festival (67th). A little less sharp, the Ile-de-France club was, however, once again surprised. At the conclusion of a superb three-way game, Yamami thus saved the honor (5-2, 70th). In the last quarter of an hour, Icardi and Kalimuendo made their appearance and Mbappé finally completed the success of his team from the penalty spot (6-2, 86th). Attractive offensively and master of debates collectively, PSG – sometimes fragile on the defensive level – thus ends its summer tour in Japan with a large success (6-2). A good omen before returning to FC Nantes for the Champions Trophy, scheduled for July 31 in Tel Aviv.
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The official line-ups at kick-off
The Gamba Osaka XI
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The PSG XI
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