Match report as Lille end Paris Saint-Germain’s eight-year great stronghold on the Trophee des Champions
Mauricio Pochettino endured a losing start to the 2021/22 season as Lille secured a 1-0 win in the French Super Cup.
Xeka’s first-half thunderbolt was enough to inflict defeat on PSG, who lost the last domestic title to Lille by a point difference.
Pochettino was without star forwards Kylian Mbappe and Neymar but still able field a relatively experienced side, with Achraf Hakimi, Ander Herrera and Mauro Icardi selected in the starting line-up.
PSG had won the Trophee des Champions for the past eight seasons, but but they lost at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Julian Draxler and Burak Yilmaz both had early openings before it was the veteran Turk was involved in the decisive moment.
Lille changed their manager in the close season with Christophe Galtier replaced by former Guingamp boss Jocelyn Gourvennec but they laid down a marker ahead of the new campaign as Xeka collected Yilmaz’s pass and drilled a rising strike beyond Keylor Navas on the stroke of half time.
Georginio Wijnaldum was a second-half substitute for PSG and the Dutchman almost had an immediate impact when he set up Icardi but the former Inter Milan striker’s finish was ruled out for offside.
An impressive level of persistence was unfortunately not enough in these final exhausting minutes. The score did not change.
Despite a solid performance, Paris Saint-Germain lost the Trophée des Champions to Lille as they celebrated their first success in the competition following defeats in 1955 and 2011.