Olivier Echouafni wanted to end the year in style. His team is off to a good start. While waiting for the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League on Wednesday at home against the Poles of Gornik Leczna, beaten 2-0 in the first leg, the girls of PSG have logically made short work of Le Havre, promoted and last of D1, this Sunday at the Georges-Lefèvre stadium. A success which allows them to remain unbeaten this season and to win the title of autumn champions with a point ahead of Lyon and the advantage in their direct confrontations after their success (1-0) in the shock.
An even more than perfect day for Marie-Antoinette Katoto. Author of a quadruple, and an assist, the 22-year-old striker has reached and even exceeded the 100 goals mark with PSG to now score 103 goals, under the eyes of President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.
What you must remember
After the youth bonus in Poland, where four players aged 16 to 18 made their debut in the pro group, the Parisian coach returned to the classic and aligned his typical team. The only novelty is the 3-5-2 system with Diani and Katoto leading the way.
The latter only needed six minutes to score her 100th goal with the PSG jersey, heading a corner from Sandy Baltimore. It was again she who was responsible for extinguishing all suspense before the break, again receiving the head of a free kick from Sara Däbritz (33rd) then a center at the near post from Ashley Lawrence ( 37th).
While the Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler tried to warm up as best she could by taking small steps and arm movements at 30 m, the Havraise Constance Picaud, she warmed her gloves almost without stopping. Despite her multiple saves, which made it possible to soften the final score, she will not be able to do anything on Grace Geyoro’s strike on a service from… Katoto (62nd).
Like a symbol, the latter could not let the show stolen. She therefore completed the 10th consecutive success of PSG, in all competitions, and the 10th game (out of 12) without conceding any goals. This PSG seems really armed to prevent OL from pocketing a 15th consecutive French championship title at the end of the season.
The player: Marie-Antoinette Katoto
Spared and left on the bench last Thursday in Poland, the 22-year-old striker did not miss the opportunity to cross the 100-goal mark with PSG, like Kylian Mbappé a week earlier. The Parisian “Titie” did not intend to stop there either. His quadruple allows him to count 103 achievements with Paris, in only 112 games.
At this rate, the record of Marie-Laure Delie, top scorer in the history of PSG with 134 goals, should not last long. Katoto, top scorer in the championship for two years, is more than ever in the game for a third crown. With 13 goals, she glued to a length of the Jamaican of Bordeaux, author of a double the day before against Soyaux (2-1).
The number: 9
It has been nine years since Lyon had been autumn champion. During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Juvisy (now Paris FC) won this honorary title one point ahead of Lyon, finally champion of France with three units ahead of its competitor at the end of the season. We have to go back to the 2009-2010 season to see PSG in the lead after the first leg. The Parisiennes were then one point ahead of the Lyonnaises before finishing in 3rd place, four lengths behind their rivals at the end of the championship.
More recently, in 2016-2017, PSG thought they had won the mid-season coronation at OL after a success (1-0) in the shock for the last day to go, but the Parisian club was then withdrawn four points on the green carpet for an administrative error against Albi on the first day.
The reaction: “We’re halfway there”
Olivier Echouafni (PSG coach): “We must pay tribute to the whole team. It’s never easy to get back into it after a Champions League match and a long trip to Poland. In addition, in a difficult period of the year when we have already given a lot. They were able to show application to make the match that was needed. We ended the year in the league on a good note. We are halfway there, with a lot of satisfaction and green lights. The goal is to be in the same place in the spring. What Marie does (Katoto) at his age, it’s amazing. I wish her to reach 200 goals, that will mean that she will still be at PSG for many years to come. “
PSG-LE HAVRE: 5-0.
Spectators: in camera.
Referee: Ms. Rochebilière.
Goals. Katoto (6th, 33rd, 37th, 67th), Geyoro (62nd).
PSG: Endler – Cook, Paredes (cap.), Dudek (Simon, 68th) – Formiga – Lawrence, Geyoro, Däbritz (Nadim, 68th), Baltimore (Bachmann, 82nd) - Diani, Katoto. Entr. : Echouafni.
Le Havre: Picaud – Sahraoui, Tresfield (Neal, 82nd), Tyryshkina, Davis, Lara – Thornton (Policarpo, 75th), Koui (cap.), Legrout, Louis (Pekkel, 68th) – Ewele. Entr. : Uvenard.
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