The International Champions Cup is in full swing after a drama-packed 10 days so far, despite it only being pre-season. Paris Saint-Germain picked up their first win of the tournament early this morning, dramatically edging past Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid team 3-2.
Ángel Di Maria was welcomed back to the starting line-up on Monday, the Argentinean forward making his first appearance after the World Cup.
The midfield was strong, with Adrien Rabiot captaining the side again, with Marco Verratti and Giovani Lo Celso beside the impressive Frenchman.
For Diego Simeone’s team, he went with a front three of Luciano Vietto, Ángel Correa and former PSG striker Kevin Gameiro.
The game was sparked to life in the 31st minute through Christopher Nkunku. But, with both sides making many changes during the game, there was little room for consistent free-flowing football. We didn’t get another goal until the 70th minute when Moussa Diaby doubled the Parisians’ lead.
Victor Mollejo pulled one back for Atletico before an own-goal from Antoine Bernede brought the Spaniards level. But in the first minute of stoppage time, 18-year-old Virgiliu Postolachi got the winner for PSG with a superb curling effort past Adan in goal.
PSG had previously lost to both Bayern and Arsenal, conceding eight times in two games, but they showed great resolve and spirit to bounce back to finish the tournament on a high.
PSG’s three points move then off of the foot of the ICC accumulated table, while Atletico still have Inter Milan to come before their duties are over.
Paris Saint-Germain (3-5-2): Trapp; Rimane (Georgen 45 (Postolachi 51)), Diarra (Sissako 45), Nsoki (Mbe Soh 45 (Bahebeck 60)); Dagba (Zagre 45), Lo Celso (Adli 45), Verratti (Bernede 45), Rabiot (Toufiqui 45), Kurzawa (Weah 45); Nkunku (Diaby 45), Di Maria (Fressange 45)
Goals: Nkunku 32, Diaby 71, 90+2 Postolachi
Subs unused: Descamps
Atlético de Madrid: (4-3-3): Adán; Juanfran (Muñoz 64), Toni Moya, Montero, Olabe; Rodrigo (Mollejo 64), Mikel, Partey; Vietto (Garcés 64), Correa (Pinchi 64), Gameiro (Solano 64)
Goals: Mollejo 75, Bernede 86 (OG)
Subs unused: Dos Santos, Puñal, Rodriguez, Isaac
TOMORROW IN THE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP:
Manchester United vs Real Madrid – 8:00PM
Tottenham vs AC Milan – 8:30PM
Barcelona vs Roma – 10:00PM