Saturday, July 30, 2011
Rapid Reax: Red Bulls 1, Paris St.-Germain 0
By Matthew Artus
New York opened its participation in the Emirates Cup tournament with a 1-0 win over Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain at Emirates Stadium in London on Saturday. Joel Lindpere finished a nutmeg through ball from Juan Agudelo in the 27th minute to provide what amounted to be the game-winner for the Red Bulls.
The win leaves New York with four points and atop the group in the two-day competition.
Play Of The Game: The Non-Call On Miller: Paris SG created multiple attacking chances throughout the game, including a sequence in the 64th minute which included a lot of physical activity in the box. Roy Miller joined the scrum to clear the ball near the penalty spot, only to make incidental contact with Paris SG winger Jérémy Ménez.
Replays showed that the contact was slight at best, but easily could have been called a penalty shot considering the heightened activity in the box dividing the referee's attention.
Swing And A Miss: A one-goal lead proved sufficient for the Red Bulls on Saturday, but it wasn't for lack of effort on the part of Les Parisiens. Paris SG picked up the press after Lindpere's goal and dominated possession throughout the second half, allowing the Ligue 1 side to dominate attempts on goal ... and dominate missing those attempts. Despite Le Parisiens mustering a 25-to-5 edge in attempts on goal, Red Bulls 'keeper Frank Rost only accrued six saves due to the numerous shots directed wide by Paris SG. PSG forwards Mevlut Erding and Jean Christophe Bahebeck mustered a dozen shots between them, but best represented their club's troubles as they directed only two on target and frequently missed wide or saw their chances blocked by a very efficient Red Bulls back line led by team captain Tim Ream.
Call It The Streak: The win gives New York its first victory on European soil since the Red Bulls collected a 1-0 win over Polish side Lech Poznan at La Manga resort in Spain in Jan. 2010. Red Bulls coach Hans Backe remains undefeated on European soil since taking the reins of his New York side mere weeks before that preseason victory at La Manga.
New York now gets a 24-hour breather before Thierry Henry steps on the pitch against the club that made him a household name in the soccer world, Arsenal FC, on Sunday. First kick is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET.