Marco Verratti scored a brilliant goal in Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 win over Bastia on Saturday – but it was more than a tad controversial.
Verratti notched PSG’s second 10 minutes before half-time at Parc des Princes, but Bastia’s players were far from happy with the hosts for continuing to play as goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca checked on Blaise Matuidi.
Matuidi had gone down in Bastia’s penalty area moments earlier, but rather than allow their team-mate to receive treatment when the ball went out of play, PSG took a quick throw-in.
Julian Draxler was also in the box as Verratti received the ball, seemingly asking for it to be kicked back into touch, but Verratti instead fired in a sensational 20-yard effort from the corner of the box which caught Leca off guard and out of position – though whether he would have been able to stop Verratti’s shot even if he had been set correctly is open to debate.
Watch the goal below and decide for yourselves.
— Actu Football (@LActFoot) May 6, 2017
Lucas Moura had scored PSG’s opener three minutes before Verratti’s goal, with Edinson Cavani adding a brace – and missing a penalty – either side of Marquinhos’ chip.
PSG remain second in Ligue 1, three points behind Monaco and having played a game more ahead of their rivals’ clash at Nancy.
This is outstanding.
Five penalties were given, but only three scored.
His free-kicks alone were worth the entrance fee.
Juan Carlos Valeron was a true footballing artist.
Unexpected from Argentina’s main man.
Now we’re truly underway.
Some high praise indeed for the new Leeds boss.
When Argentina embraced the madness.
Happy birthday, Jurgen.