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PSG has now gone 30 games unbeaten where Sergio Ramos has been a part of the starting XI. This is a new club record, bettering Rai’s 29 games in 1993/94.
The full time whistle is blown and PSG will take a sigh of relief! This has been a thrilling contest at the Parc des Princes. Troyes took the lead in the early minutes of both halves to silence the home crowd. While Soler brought the team level in the 1st half, it was Messi’s brilliance that took PSG ahead in the 2nd half. Mbappe’s penalty seemed to have sealed the contest but a late header by Palaversa gave some hope to the away team. PSG ultimately closed out the game without any more danger to collect its 11th win of the season. PSG opens up a five point lead at the top of the table. This was PSG’s 22nd consecutive game unbeaten.
Nuno Mendes is charging past a Troyes defender and is inside the penalty area in the final third. The referee blows the whistle for a foul just outside the box. Neymar takes the set piece but it only yields a goal kick for Troyes.
Palaversa scores for Troyes! And all those who thought that the game was sealed should just hang around a bit longer.
Donnarumma with a save! Substitute Ugbo gets a long ball on his path and he takes a half volley. The ball is destined to go into the bottom right corner until Donnarumma gets on the ground to send it out for a corner.
Mbappe coverts from the spot! PSG has its fourth!
Penalty for PSG! Soler is tripped inside the box by Gallon, and PSG has the chance to score another.
PSG build another dangerous attack. This time Messi plays the ball out wide to Verratti who in turn moves the ball to Mbappe. Mbappe dummies a shot and plays the ball to Messi inside the Troyes penalty area. Messi fakes a shot and skips past one player but the 2nd Troyes defender is able to nick the ball off him.
Neymar is in the groove! He just made a pass that defied all logic. He ran a good 25 yards with the ball, fighting off multiple tackles from Troyes shirts. As he reached the edge of the box, he turned and played a no look backheel to Mbappe, who had started on a run in behind. Mbappe had a sight of goal but his shot was bang in the middle of the goal and Gallon saved it with his leg.
The goals are not stopping at Parc des Princes! Messi lays it on a platter for Neymar and he takes the service to put PSG ahead.
MEEESSIIIIIII! What a thunderous hit by the Argentine! He brings PSG level.
Troyes has take the lead again! Balde with his second goal.
PSG wins its second corner in as many minutes. Mukiele charges down the right wing and crosses but the attempt is blocked. Nothing comes from the set piece though.
Lopes shot saved by Donnarumma! Troyes yet again on the counter attack through Conte. He is charging down the middle when he loses the ball. Lopes gets the loose ball, cuts past a defender and shoots. Donnarumma dives to his left to save. Conte had the chance to pounce on the 2nd ball but the Italian keeper quickly gets back on his feet and takes the ball.
Troyes gets proceedings underway for the 2nd half but loses the possession within the first minute.
What a half of football! PSG was shocked in the third minute as Balde out the visiting side ahead. After nearly 20 minutes of resistance from the Troyes defence, PSG finally found a way through. Soler made a sneaky run into the penalty area and beat Gallon to draw his team level. Gallon made some more crucial saves in the half to ensure that his side stays in the contest. Troyes is looking a threat from counter attacks, and will surely look to capitalise on its chances in the 2nd half. It held PSG to a draw on its visit here last season. It could surely do it again.
PSG continues to threaten! First Bernat crosses the ball in to the box. Messi meets the ball and aims his header for the far post. Gallon steps in and saves. The next attack sees Vitinha take a long-range curling effort to be denied by Gallon yet again.
Mbappe fouled on the edge of the penalty area. He beats one defender and is on the verge of breaking away when he is brought down. What a series of saves by Gallon! Messi and Neymar stand on the ball but the Brazilian takes it. Gallon dives to his left to block the attempt. Ramos is there for the spilt ball but is ruled offside.
Troyes is launching a counter attack when Kimpembe comes rushing back and slides through to steal the ball off the Troyes attacker. The Parc des Princes with a huge roar to cheer the skipper who is making a return after a long injury break.
Soler plays a perfectly weighted pass to Mukiele in behind. The right back beats the defender and is able to cross the ball. The connection with the ball, however, is weak and is easily collected by the keeper.
PSG has held a 65-35 advantage in terms of possession. The home team would want to utilise this and go ahead on the scoreline. Meanwhile, Balde takes a long-range shot that is deflected out for a corner.
PSG has drawn level! Soler scores for the home team.
Anguish for Neymar. The Brazilian receives the ball from the left flank, cuts in and takes a shot. The ball has pace and curl on it, but not enough to bend it into the far corner. PSG still looking for the first goal.
Paris is working an attack when Messi plays it to Mbappe. The Frenchman fails to sort the ball out at his feet and loses possession. Ramos then takes a long range shot which is saved by Gallon.
PSG wins a corner and decides to take it short. After a few close range passes, Messi crosses the ball in. The ball is a teaser but no PSG player is able to get their head to the ball. Gallon collects the ball.
Troyes is having a ball at Parc des Princes. It builds another attack down the left with Conte charging forward. Troyes has an advantage as Conte crosses in. A Troyes player takes a shot from close range but his shot is deflected over the goal for a corner.
PSG is mounting attacks here. It has nearly scored from the right side of the pitch but Messi’s shot went wide off goal. Mbappe too had a chance to slot in a rebound but his shot was blocked.
Troyes has scored! Madness here!
Neymar gets the ball rolling and the match has started. Opening spell of possession with PSG.
PSG has scored 50 goals so far this season. Out of these, 40 have been scored by Messi, Neymar and Mbappe. Incredible influence on the team.
Adil Rami starts the game from the bench. He has been a regular in the starting XI for the club. Will his absence make a difference?
Sergio Ramos has played 29 games for PSG so far. The club has not lost a single game when the Spaniard has started.
The match will get underway at 17:00 CET or 20:30 IST.
Paris Saint Germain has gone 27 matches without a defeat at home. Out of these, it has drawn just four matches.
The Paris outfit is unbeaten in its last 21 matches in the French League. It has won 16 and drawn five. Talk about dominance.
The Parisians are unbeaten in their last 18 matches against Troyes, winning 15 and drawing just three times. The last time PSG lost to Troyes was in 2001.
PSG: Donnarumma - Bernat, Ramos, Kimpembe, Mukiele - Verratti, Vitinha, Soler- Messi, Mbappe, Neymar
Troyes: Gallon - Palmer-Brown, Porozo, Salmier - T. Balde, Conte, Kouame, Chavalerin, Odobert - M. Balde, Lopes
The last season when Troyes came visiting Parc des Princes, it pulled off a 2-2 draw and took home a point. Neymar and Marquinhos put the home team 2-0 up but Troyes fought back through Ugbo and Tardieu goals.
Played: 31 | Paris Saint Germain: 20 | Troyes: 4 | Drawn: 7
Paris Saint Germain comes to the match on the back of thumping 7-2 victory against Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League.
Messi, Neymar and Mbappe - the team’s frontline was firing on all cylinders in the Champions League win as it demolished the Israeli side.
Going into the Ligue 1 match having beating Ajaccio 3-0 last week, Paris will look to maintain its prefect start to the season. The team has played 12 matches and won 10. It is top of league, two points clear of 2nd placed Lens, which has played one game more.
Troyes, though currently in 11th position with 13 points, is just four points clear of the relegation zone. Its last two matches have been draws against Lorient and Ajaccio.
While a trip to Parc des Princes is as tough as a fixture can get, Troyes will bank on its forwards Mama Balde and Rony Lopes to pull of an upset over the French giant.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
Where will the PSG vs Troyes match be played?
The PSG-Troyes match will be played at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
When will the PSG vs Troyes match kick-off?
The match will kick-off at 8:30 PM IST.
Where will the match be shown on TV in India?
The match will be telecasted live on the Sports 18 in India.
How can I watch the live streaming of the match?
The match will be streamed live on Voot Select app and website.