Meling benched when the star gallery won big


Birger Meling was saved after a close fighting program for Norway.

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Birger Meling saw his team lose by four goals to PSG on Friday night. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB


From the Nimes bench, the Norwegian saw his teammates lose 0-4 to Paris Saint-Germain. It was not entirely unexpected that Meling became an unused reserve in Friday’s late game in Ligue 1.

Rogalendingen had less than 48 hours earlier played all the minutes in Norway’s victory over Northern Ireland at Ullevaal.

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Early expulsion

Already after twelve minutes it was clear that Nimes was going to have a tough night. Loïck Landre was then sent off to put the knobs in Rafinha’s chest.

The hosts kept away from the PSG move for a while, but after a little over half an hour it cracked. Kylian Mbappé got a brilliant ball from Rafinha, rounded Nimes goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet and rolled in control in the lead goal.

The guests from the capital peppered Reynet with finishes, but the goalkeeper kept his nerve in the match with several solid saves. It disappeared when Alessandro Florenzi doubled to 2-0 from close range after 77 minutes. Before scoring, he had had two shots in the aluminum.

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Mbappé double

Six minutes later, Mbappé slid in his second goal, while Pablo Sarabia gained net recognition by placing the ball between Reynet’s legs. It was a solid victory even though PSG played without more of their many profiles.

The big club tops the table with 15 points after seven games. PSG lead by a goal difference ahead of Rennes, who played 1-1 against Dijon on Friday.

Nimes is in 13th place with eight points.



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