Paris Saint-Germain (PSG-France), with Lee Kang-jin and Neymar on the bench, suffered an upset loss in a preseason match against Cerezo Osaka (Japan).
PSG lost 2-3 to Cerezo Osaka in a preseason match at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka, Japan, on Aug. 28.
After playing to a goalless draw against Al Nasr (Saudi Arabia) in the first match of their tour of Japan on Aug. 25, PSG lost the second match and continued their poor form with a 1-1 draw.
PSG will conclude its Japan tour with a match against Inter Milan (Italy) on August 1 before traveling to South Korea to play the third leg of the Coupang Play Series against Jeonbuk Hyundai on August 3 at Busan Asiad Stadium.
The appearance of PSG’s Lee Kang-in, who was expected by Korean fans, did not happen this time. Lee, who was suffering from a thigh problem, waited on the bench alongside Neymar and others, but was ultimately not used.
PSG opened the scoring in the 17th minute.
From a ball played in by 17-year-old midfielder Warren Zaire Emery on the left side of the penalty area, N’Golo Kwesi Ekitike burst through the Cerezo Osaka defense and slotted home with his right foot.
Cerezo Osaka hit back immediately, capitalizing on a mistake by a PSG defender.
Two PSG defenders overlapped and knocked the ball backwards from goalkeeper Yang Han-bin’s goal kick, allowing Jordi Crooks to collect the ball, dribble in alone and finish with his left foot to equalize.
Goalkeeper Yang Han-bin, who joined Cerezo Osaka from FC Seoul in January, played only the first half and was substituted at the start of the second.
PSG regained the lead four minutes into the second half through Vitinha.
After receiving an exquisite heeled pass from Ekitiike in the penalty area, Vitinha rattled Cerezo Osaka’s goal with a right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area.
However, PSG conceded the equalizer after another defensive error, just as they had in the first half.
A buildup pass from goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma down the left flank was stolen by Cerezo Osaka’s Ryo Watanabe under intense pressure.
Watanabe immediately sent a cross to the front of the penalty area, where Sota Kitano headed home with a strong left-footed shot to level the match.
Cerezo Osaka pulled a goal back in the 34th minute after another strong forward press.
As Donnarumma passed to Ser N’Dour on the right side of the penalty area, 카지노사이트넷 Cerezo Osaka’s Haruki Arai pressured and stole the ball before passing it to Shinji Kagawa, who scored the game-winner with a strong right-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area.