PSG painfully defeats Benfica and continues its path in the Youth League (1-0)

PSG painfully defeats Benfica and continues its path in the Youth League (1-0)

With pain, PSG U-19 beat defending champions SL Benfica (1-0). Zoumana Camara’s men pocketed a third precious success thanks to a new goal from their striker, Ilyes Housni.

the essays:

The composition of PSG U19 against Benfica: Mouquet – Lamy, El Hannach©, Fernandez Veliz – Zague, Kari, Bagbema (Diawara, 63′), Wa Mungu – Lemina (Tchicamboud, 46′), Housni, Gharbi.

The composition of Benfica U19 against PSG: Gomes – Tomé (Reis Melro, 86′), Jevsenak, Coser, Spencer – Neves, Félix (Precatado, 64′), Ferreira (N’Dour, 64′) – Moreira, Semedo (Dju, 78′), Félix (Faria , 78′).

The game sheet:

The objectives : Ilyes Housni (1-0, 80′).

The caveats: Yellow card for Ferreira (22′), Luis Semedo (30′), Tomé (83′) – Diawara (71′), Mouquet (90+3).

The match :

First half

The Parisians kick off at the Futebol Campus de Seixal. Noha Lemina launches deep and collides with the Lisbon defense, obtaining a first corner in this part (2′). The start of the match was balanced, Benfica turned the ball around well and the two teams organized themselves (4′). The game is clearly leaning towards the left wing of the Portuguese side, with Diego Moreira already very restless. Hannach had to make an effort to stop him (7′). The first big opportunity is in Paris! Served by Lemina near the area, Housni plays as SLB goalkeeper but is intercepted by a defender when the goal seemed very close (9′).

Benfica responds calmly and combines in reduced spaces. Joao Neves finds a shot angle but his attempt goes too high (11′). The Portuguese settle in the middle of the ¨SG field, the Parisian defense holds for now but SLB is technically easy (14′). Hugo Félix brought the first scare to the goals of Louis Mouquet with a free kick that started well but ended up near the right post (16′).

The first twenty minutes are complicated for PSG, dominated technically and in possession of the ball. However, the Paris bloc remains well organized (20′). Fernández-Veliz contains Luis Semedo well with an excellent tackle, good intervention by the defender (21′). in the corner that follows, Mouquet makes the first save of this match and captures a header underpowered by Diego Moreira. The Parisians multiply the free kicks, Bagbema offers a new free kick to the Lisbon people, who find it difficult to negotiate well (25′). The referee gives the players a cool break, it’s hot in Portugal.

Already two notices on the Portuguese side: After Diogo Ferreira, Luis Semedo also receives a yellow card (28′). Benfica keeps the pressure on the Parisian cages, Diogo Ferreira sends a good shot that passes again (30′). PSG got some air, Lemina and Zague tried to combine but were quickly stopped by the SLB defense (32′). Muntu Wa Mungu tries to throw Gharbi wide but the Benfica goalkeeper hits the attacker well (34′). The Portuguese infiltrated the Parisian area, Félix was served by Moreira with a fine masked pass but the Parisian defense intervened (37′).

Parisians are playing with fire. After a loss of the ball, Joao Neves can put together a shot that escapes the frame again. He went just wide (39′). It was Luis Semedo’s turn to try his luck from a distance, it was the ninth Portuguese shot of the match (43′). Housni is served in the area but the striker is immediately rushed by the Benfica defense, a difficult first half for the 17-year-old striker (45′). At halftime, the two teams are back to back, still 0-0.

Second half time:

The match resumes, with a change to note since Queyrell Tchicamboud takes the place of Noha Lemina. The Parisians started better than in the first half and settled further up the pitch (48′). Bagbema serves Tchicamboud between the lines, taking advantage of another intervention at the feet of the Benfica goalkeeper (51′). Superb PSG action! Zague’s center for Housni who takes over with a spectacular acrobatic volley, a fine parade by the Lisbon goalkeeper. The action is applauded by the public, it must be emphasized. We were close to seeing one of the goals of the year (53′). Mouquet had to respond immediately and intervened in a shot by Fereira, the match gained momentum (54′).

The first quarter of an hour of this second half is almost more interesting than the entire first 45 minutes. Paris woke up and offered real opposition to Benfica (58′). Benfica is still in play as well, going from one goal to another and a good Fernández-Veliz is needed to stop a Portuguese attack (61′). Change on both sides. For Paris, it is Diawara who takes Bagbema’s place in the middle (63′). Fernández-Veliz headed another dangerous ball (66′). In a foul that seems innocuous, Mouquet misreads the trajectory, it could have been expensive for the Parisians (68′). The opportunities multiply for Benfica, which lacks efficiency (69′).

The intensity drops off a bit after about twenty minutes with a significant pace. The Parisians reorganized a bit (73′). Housni was again singled out for a hair offside, all in vain for the PSG striker who left to play a 1v1 with a Portuguese defender (74′). In a very effective double, Benfica’s attack goes on goal but El Hannach makes a very high-flying intervention! (77′). The PSG defender has also hurt himself and is calling the doctors.

The Parisians open the scoring ten minutes from the end! In a good move by Tchicamboud, Housni perfectly deceives the Benfica goalkeeper and lets his team through (0-1, 80′)!

Lisboa tried to fight back but PSG’s defense held on (82′). Hannach repeats with a superb intervention at the feet of striker Dju, it is very important (85′). The Portuguese are making a new change, they have to play the game in these last minutes. After a contact, Tchicamboud stays on the ground. The game was stopped for a few seconds and then resumed (88′). A great occasion for the SLB, Moreira finds himself in front of the cages but the player from the 2004 generation loses support and falls (89′).

The referee signals that there will be five minutes of added time. Benfica continues to attack from the goal conceded (90+1′). Showers of great chances for Benfica in the final minutes, Mouquet stands out with a decisive save against Dju (90+2). The PSG goalkeeper intervenes again against N’Dour (90+3′). The referee blew the whistle for the end of the match, the Parisians won by a slim margin and pocketed a coveted third victory.

Ranking impact:

After the game, the standings are as follows:

  1. PSG: 9 points (+8)
  2. Juventus: 4 points (0)
  3. Macabi Haifa: 3 points (-6)
  4. Benfica: 1 points (-2)


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