Paris FC-Red Bull Salzburg (3-1): Ryan Mmaee's big debut
PARIS FC cruised into a 3-1 victory over Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg last night in the capital. On a warm summers evening 3,342 supporters came out to see their favorite club return to action. Several new signings have made an instant impact to the team.
Attack was the message from the manager as Paris FC lined up in a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation in front of a decent home crowd, with Camara and Thomas Martin deployed on the flanks to provide natural width. Ryan Mmaee was up front and Zakaria Fdaouch lined up behind in in the AMC spot.
Defensively you had Mathieu Robail and Eddy Lecygne lined up as center midfielders. Unlike last year the club is going to experiment without using a defensive midfielder. Behind Robail and Lecygne were the four defenders; Othon, Gillesphey, Bong and Marie. At the goalkeeping spot was Paul Charruau.
All the damage was done as Ryan Mmaee scored two beautiful goals at the end of the first half and at the end of the match. The 20-year-old striker joined Paris FC two days ago on loan from Belgian club Standard de Liège.
Things turned south quickly for Red Bull as Mali Under-20’s Captain Amadou Haidara earned himself an early exit for a bad tackle, four minutes in to the contest. This was an opportunity for Paris to make an impact against a stronger team.
Konrad Laimer would give Red Bull the lead with a beautiful goal a little over midway through the first half. Paris would have to start marking him better and with that they started slowing Red Bull Down. This was their only score of the match.
The final five minutes of the half saw Paris FC increased their tempo and countering at every chance they could get. With two minutes to go before stoppage time Paris FC was almost gifted a goal thanks impart of an error by Stefan Lainer. Just before the whistle blew for halftime Mmaee scored his first as a member of Paris FC.
After the half manager Kévin Gauthier adjusted his tactics to play a more defensive game to preserve the draw. He would also bring in some substitutes to get playing time. This would turn out to work as Fdaouch scored on the 55th minute giving the home side a 2-1 lead. Gauthier would instruct the players to get more defensive and they did.
As the game entered its closing stages, the home side inflict further punishment on Salzburg, with Mmaee scoring his second goal of the match. This would also be his second goal in stoppage time and that must have put the hurt in the hearts of Red Bull Supporters.
For Paris FC they will have a few days between now and their next match against Nantes on the 12th.