Paris Saint-Germain vs Lorient LIVE Football Score 30 Apr 2023
In what many expected to be a foregone conclusion from the first whistle, the meeting between champions-elect PSG and an almost-relegated Angers unsurprisingly ended with the former taking all the spoils, but it was a far-from-comfortable affair for Christophe Galtier’s team.
Kylian Mbappe had a brace to his name by the 26-minute mark – setting a new record for Ligue 1 goal contributions in the process – but Sada Thioub set up a nail-biting finale at the Stade Raymond Kopa with a consolation in the 87th minute.
There would be no sensational comeback for the cellar-dwelling Scoistes, though, and with Lens and Marseille both prevailing last weekend too, 75-point PSG remain eight clear of Les Olympiens at the summit of the table with just six games left to play.
Galtier’s men are therefore unable to wrap up the title this weekend, but the capital club – who enter the weekend on a three-game winning streak in Ligue 1 – should experience few difficulties en route to yet another domestic crown in the coming weeks; one that will only marginally mask the disappointment of another Champions League failure, though.
PSG could even wrap up the title next weekend if results around them go their way, but the next task on Galtier’s agenda is ending a slightly alarming seven-game home run without a clean sheet in Ligue 1, having only shut out Angers at the Parc des Princes in 2023 so far.
Perhaps lifting their foot off the gas as they take a gentle stroll towards the finish line in Ligue 1, Lorient’s unsightly winless run stretched to five games when Coupe de France finalists Toulouse paid a visit to the Stade du Moustoir last weekend.
A 68th-minute strike from Zakaria Aboukhlal was all that could separate the two evenly-matched sides on the day, as Regis Le Bris’s side fell to a third defeat from four games in the top flight, but Les Merlus are not fighting for anything other than pride in the final few weeks anyway.
Remarkably mounting an early charge for the European places in the embryonic stages of the campaign, Les Merlus have since experienced an unsurprising drop-off to lie 11th in the table, still mathematically closer to the European spots than the four-team relegation zone.
A shock win at the Parc des Princes could confirm Lorient’s top-flight status this weekend, but the visitors are in no rush to get over the line and will simply endeavour to keep the scoreline respectable in Paris, having failed to win any of their last seven away matches since a 2-1 triumph over whipping boys Angers on New Year’s Day.
Lorient held their own against PSG at the Stade du Moustoir back in November but ultimately fell to a 2-1 loss, and each of their last six trips to the Parc des Princes has ended in defeat since opening the 2012-13 season with a hard-fought 2-2 draw, where Les Parisiens fell 2-0 down before being spared humiliation by a Zlatan Ibrahimovic double.