Tel Aviv, Israel a surprise win, French champions Lille defeated Cup winners Paris Saint-Germain by 1-0 in the Champions Trophy season curtain riser in Tel Aviv on Sunday.
Portuguese midfielder Xeka scored with an unstoppable strike outside the penalty box that gave Keylor Navas, the PSG stopper, no chance.
Xena said, “We proved who we are and deserve this trophy.”
“We can all rejoice this new league title a few months after we won it. “Work pays off, and that’s the way we plan to keep going.”
Having won the eight previous Champions Trophy matches, PSG arrived in Tel Aviv Saturday without Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Angel di Maria. Also, new stars Sergio Ramos, a Spanish defender, and Gianluigi Donnarumma, an Italian ‘keeper, were not present.
A positive test for COVID-19 ruled out PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye.
“I believe overall, we were better tonight,” stated Mauricio Pochettino, coach at PSG.
“But, even though we had many chances to score, we won the game.”
“I thought the attitude and performance of the team were good.
Georginio Wijnaldum, signed from Liverpool as a free transfer, made a lively debut and arrived on the field with just twenty minutes remaining.
PSG had their chances. Mauro Icardi, who had the ball in Lille’s goal at 76 minutes, made a good clip from close range. But what could have been a great equalizer was ruled outside.
Lille was a strong team and won the game against the Parisians. They were beaten to the French title by one point last season in a tight match.
Jocelyn Gourvennec, the new Lille coach, thanked Christophe Galtier for his hard work and stated that the new title was partially his.
“PSG is an incredible technical game. But our boys were athletically ready, and our cooperative play was strong.” He said that the team is well-informed.
This match was first to be aired on streaming giant Amazon in France.
Around 27,500 people attended the Bloomfield Stadium game on a sunny evening, home to Hapoel, Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Maccabi Tel Aviv. The temperature was at 29 degrees C (84F), and there were regular water breaks for the players.
Sylvan Adams, an Israeli billionaire, brought the French season opener to Israel.
Israel Start-Up Nation, a cycling company founded by an entrepreneur, said that the host country would win the contest.
Next weekend, the French Ligue 1 season begins with PSG at Troyes and Lille traveling to Metz.