Paris Saint-Germain continued their march towards the league title on Sunday when Lionel Messi made his first appearance of 2022. So, in yesterday’s Ligue 1 football news, Marco Verratti inspired PSG to a 4-0 home win against Stade de Reims.
Italy midfielder Verratti found the back of the net for PSG for the first time since 2019. Meanwhile, former Real Madrid defender and captain Sergio Ramos scored his first goal for the capital side.
Wout Faes scored an own goal, and Danilo Pereira added another to elevate PSG to 53 points across 22 matches.
They now lead Nice by 11 points, after defeating Reims, who got off to a promising start. But later, they faded after the opener at the Parc des Princes, and are in 14th place on 24 points.
Messi returned to the bench for the first time this year, having contracted COVID-19 during the break. Also, PSG started with Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria up front.
Ligue 1 Football News – Marco Verratti Inspired PSG to a 4-0 Home Win
Mbappe had two clear chances after half an hour but it was Verratti who broke the deadlock just before halftime. He whipped a low shot past Predrag Rajkovic.
It then became easier for the hosts to score and Ramos doubled the advantage on 63 minutes from close range. This came after Andreaw Gravillon deflected Pereira’s header had been into the Spaniard’s path.
Shortly after the Argentine came on to replace Di Maria in the 64th minute, Verratti’s shot from Messi’s pass was then deflected by Faes into his own goal.
Pereira then wrapped it up in the 76th minute because his powerful shot took a deflection before sailing past Rajkovic.