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Ligue 1: PSG Defeat Bordeaux, Face Whistles From Unforgiving Home Fans

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from midweek defeat to Real Madrid to defeat Ligue 1 strugglers Bordeaux 3-0 on Sunday amid incessant whistles directed at stars including Lionel Messi and Neymar from unforgiving home fans furious at another European exit.

Amid a gloomy atmosphere in the French capital, only Kylian Mbappe, who scored both goals in the last-16 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, escaped the wrath of the fans.

On Sunday, Mbappe was again on target, scoring the opening goal after 24 minutes with Neymar and Leandro Paredes adding two more in the second half.

PSG hold a 15-point lead on second-placed Nice and are on track to equal Saint-Etienne's record of 10 French titles, but the frustration of their home fans spilt over.

Seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi was booed as never before in his career, even in the rare bad times with Argentina, and whistled at every touch of the ball.

Coach Mauricio Pochettino said the players had greeted the hostility "with sadness".

"No-one who loves PSG, its colours, and who feels the frustration of elimination, can experience it in any other way.

"Sadness. I think that's the right word. The sadness of experiencing an afternoon like this here at the Parc des Princes.

"Messi and Neymar? We are all affected, we understand the disappointment and frustration, which we also share. But we are responsible. We only have to accept it as a team and we will be united until the end."

Ligue 1 is Pochettino's side's only objective this season.

"We are satisfied with the performance of the team in difficult circumstances, the team responded, with a professional performance, with a 3-0 win," added the Argentine.

Mbappe blasted in the first goal from Georginio Wijnaldum's pass in a move also involving Messi. It was the World Cup winner's 15th goal of the season in Ligue 1.

Neymar added a second seven minutes after the break with Messi again sending the ball through for Achraf Hakimi who teed up the Brazilian to score.

Paredes got on the scoresheet for the first time this season after an hour, firing the ball into the roof of the net.

"We're all to blame, no-one more so than anyone else," PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe said of the whistles targeting Messi and Neymar.

"We're a team and we're all together when things are good and when they're not.

"Now is the time to show we have character and stay solid and strong together, even if it's very, very hard because unfortunately it happens often. It's time to pick ourselves back up and show that we're strong."

Bordeaux, yet to keep a clean sheet this season, have conceded a league-worst 68 goals and sit bottom of the table.

Strasbourg climbed into the Champions League places as defender Alexander Djiku's goal secured a 1-0 home win over Monaco. Marseille can reclaim third if they avoid defeat at Brest.

Lorient moved out of the relegation spots with a 2-0 victory at Clermont. Reims beat Angers 1-0 while Metz remain in the bottom two after a goalless stalemate with Lens.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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Ligue 1 2021/2022 TABLE

Ligue 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Paris Saint-Germain 38 86
2 Olympique Marseille 38 71
3 AS Monaco 38 69
4 Stade Rennais 38 66
5 Nice 38 66
Full Table

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Lionel Messi
Lionel
Messi
AR Argentina
  • HEIGHT

    169cm

  • WEIGHT

    72kg

  • AGE

    35

Neymar Jr
Neymar
Jr
BR Brazil
  • HEIGHT

    175cm

  • WEIGHT

    68kg

  • AGE

    30

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Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain Football Club commonly referred to as Paris Saint-Germain, Paris SG, or simply Paris or PSG, are a French profes...

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