Before the international break, FC Metz striker Modibo Maiga, on loan from West Ham United, scored twice to help his side beat Caen 3-2. It opened up his account for the season and he looked like a player that had got some confidence back after a dismal time in England.
Facing Paris Saint-Germain on Friday night, Maiga went into the game knowing he had a decent record against the Ligue 1 champions, but it was going to be tough to get anything from Laurent Blanc’s side.
Metz shot themselves in the foot early on, poor defending from Jeremy Choplin and Guido Milan let Javier Pastore continue his run to make it 1-0 to the away side after just nine minutes.
Five minutes later PSG doubled their lead. Zlatan Ibrahimovic curled in a free-kick from deep on the left and in an attempt to clear the danger, left-back Gaetan Bussmann could only help guide the ball past Johan Carrasso and put PSG in a comfortable position.
Metz boss Albert Cartier must have fired his team up at half-time, because they came out and took the game to PSG. Adrien Rabiot was ruled to have tripped Sergey Krivets and the referee pointed to the spot. It looked harsh on Rabiot, with the Belarussian going into the midfielder’s leg.
Maiga wasn’t going to worry about how they won the penalty, spotting the ball and dispatching it beyond Salvatore Sirigu.
Four minutes later Maiga would get a chance at a double. Right-back Gregory van der Wiel was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, no arguments with this one and the West Ham loanee psyched out Sirigu by going to the exact same corner to make it 2-0.
After the game, Cartier congratulated his striker.
“When I saw it happen to get the second, I was surprised. In such circumstances, it is not easy. But hey! Modibo has confidence in himself, he has personality, I was confident in his ability to put it back to 2-2.”
Unfortunately, Metz were not able to hold on and after Carrasso made a double save from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Ibrahimovic, the ball feel to Lavezzi at the back post.
In the end PSG deserved the three points from their overall play, but Metz will be delighted with the fight they showed, and Maiga will be delighted to have picked up his fifth goal against PSG. Something for West Ham United fans to contemplate.