Nice 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Player ratings as Messi and Ramos get champions back on track

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Goals from Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos helped Paris Saint-Germain secure a much-needed 2-0 victory against Nice in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Messi struck 26 minutes in at Allianz Riviera, before he supplied the cross from a corner for Ramos’ second-half header.

Victory was a first in three games for Christophe Galtier’s side after back-to-back defeats, although they were indebted to goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma as much as Messi.

Nice peppered the PSG goal either side of half-time, only to come away empty-handed against their former coach, suffering their first defeat under Didier Digard.

PSG had started the brighter, knowing a victory was required to restore a six-point cushion to second-placed Lens, and went close to an opener when Danilo Pereira’s header beat Kasper Schmeichel but bounced back out off the post.

Four minutes later, Messi made the breakthrough when he finished into the roof of the net from Nuno Mendes’ square pass inside the area.

Nice refused to back down, however, and Donnarumma made excellent saves to deny both Nicolas Pepe and Terem Moffi late in the first half.

That momentum continued into the second half, with Dante agonisingly close to a deserved equaliser when the ball bounced down off the crossbar and back out via the post without fully crossing the goal line.

Further Donnarumma saves followed, including another notable stop from Pepe shortly after Dante’s effort, and Nice were made to pay for their profligacy when Ramos rose highest at the other end to meet Messi’s corner.

Danilo then headed against his own crossbar in the closing stages, summing up Nice’s rotten luck.

Nice player ratings (5-4-1)

GK: Kasper Schmeichel (5); RB: Antoine Mendy (6); CB: Jean-Clair Todibo (6); CB: Youssouf Ndayishimiye (6); CB: Dante (7); LB: Melvin Bard (6); RM: Nicolas Pepe (7); CM: Hicham Boudaoui (7); CM: Aaron Ramsey (7); LM: Khephren Thuram (7); ST: Terem Moffi (6)

Substitutes: Billal Brahimi (7), Pablo Rosario (6), Gaetan Laborde (6), Badredine Bouanani (N/A), Ross Barkley (N/A)


PSG player ratings (3-5-2)

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma – 9/10 – Some really impressive saves late in the first half and early in the second as Nice tried to force their way back into proceedings. An absolute wall as he racked up seven saves.

CB: Danilo Pereira – 7/10 – A big threat in the opposition penalty area and impressive in his own, making an excellent block to deny Pepe late in the first half. Headed against his own crossbar late on.

CB: Marquinhos – 5/10 – Marked his 400th appearance for PSG with a disappointing showing. Felt out of tune with his teammates.

CB: Sergio Ramos – 6/10 – A little uncomfortable when Moffi and Pepe started running at him but leapt highest to get his goal.

RM: Achraf Hakimi – 5/10 – Not his finest performance. Hakimi was quiet in attack and didn’t enjoy his battle with Thuram in defence.

CM: Vitinha – 5/10 – The occasional glimpse of his early season form but nowhere near enough. Offered no defensive help, allowing Nice to glide through the midfield.

CM: Renato Sanches – N/A – Pulled up with a groin injury after ten minutes.

CM: Carlos Soler – 5/10 – Tried to stretch PSG’s midfield but that just left gaps for Nice to exploit.

LM: Nuno Mendes – 7/10 – A major threat down the left. Deserved an assist for Danilo’s header but secured one soon after.

ST: Lionel Messi – 6/10 – Took his goal well but was otherwise quite quiet.

ST: Kylian Mbappe – 3/10 – Pretty anonymous stuff from Mbappe. Did nothing until he blazed over the bar from close range in second half stoppage time.


Substitutes

Fabian Ruiz (10′ for Sanches) – 5/10 – Didn’t do enough at either end of the field.

El Chadaille Bitshiabu (77′ for Mendes) – 6/10

Warren Zaire-Emery (89′ for Soler) – N/A


Manager

Christophe Galtier – 5/10 – Injuries to key players have to be taken into account but Galtier failed to find a way to make up for those key absences. Nice were comfortably the better side here.


Player of the match – Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)

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