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Champions Trophy: winner of Toulouse, PSG takes back a cup to start 2024

There was no surprise.

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Champions Trophy: winner of Toulouse, PSG takes back a cup to start 2024

There was no surprise. No real suspense either. Thanks to two goals scored in the first period, PSG defeated Toulouse (2-0) on Wednesday, at the Parc des Princes, during the Champions Trophy. A dominant PSG at first but shaken after the break. 12th coronation in this competition for the capital club, already a record holder in the event. Remember that the meeting was initially scheduled to take place in early August in Bangkok. The Thai organizer failed at the beginning of June.

Holders of the Coupe de France and still in contention in the Europa League despite their modest 16th place in Ligue 1, Toulouse had the opportunities to believe in it, to hope, especially in the second half. But the efficiency was Parisian on Wednesday, in a cathedral atmosphere due to the boycott of the Ultras of the two clubs. And Paris had a great Gigio Donnarumma in his cages… Kang-in Lee and Kylian Mbappé for the goals for the reigning French champion.

PSG wasted no time in resolving the situation. Bonbon from Vitinha over the defense for Dembélé, center back for Lee, string (1-0, 3rd). Failing to multiply the opportunities, Paris outrageously dominated the debates, more than 80% possession, with “Dembouz” in good form. Suffocated, cowering on their goal, the holders of the Coupe de France suffered against Parisians who were strong and eager to push, to advance, but also to put on a show. There was indeed this desperate lob attempt by Gelabert from 40 meters (11th). And especially this magnificent ball from Donnum over the defense for Suazo in the area (19th). Until then sterile, Parisian domination now generated opportunity after opportunity. Dembélé, Hakimi, Barcola, Lee, Mbappé… Danger came from everywhere! Remains, solid despite everything. Donnarumma too, by pushing back this strike from Dallinga on his post. The TFC finished better before the break... until the Mbappé festival, who found the path to goal in the middle of five players (2-0, 43rd). Like a big one (2-0 MT).

Not very enterprising before the break, the Toulouse residents left with good intentions, like these opportunities from Caceres (47th) and Dallinga (49th). Restes was however very happy to see Hakimi's free kick hit his right post (65th)… Paris still dominated, but Toulouse, with more projection and ambition, it was time, had cartridges. This long shot from Caceres (63rd) first, but above all this double opportunity, with Sierro who failed to finish (65th). Who knows, at 2-1, the situation might have been different. The bad news of the evening on the Parisian side was the exit of Skriniar, injured in an ankle (71st). Is it serious doctor ?

The opportunity to launch the Brazilian recruit Beraldo, welcomed with fervor by the public. Also entering the game, former Real Madrid player Asensio was not far from killing the suspense (73rd). Ultimately, the third Parisian goal never came. And TFC even continued to believe in it at the end of the game, but Donnarumma decided otherwise and multiplied the classy saves to keep a clean sheet (2-0 final score). The two clubs will return to action on Sunday, in the 32nd round of the Coupe de France. Chambéry (N3) for TFC and Revel (R1) for PSG. They will travel to Metz and Lens respectively on January 14, for the 18th day of Ligue 1.

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