Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has been slated after making a horrendous mistake against Marseille on Sunday night.
PSG beat Marseille 2-1 to move 15 points clear of their second-placed rivals with six games left in the Ligue 1 season. They can clinch their 10th title next weekend, but the win was not a straightforward one.
Neymar gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side the lead with an inventive volleyed finish from Marco Verratti’s chipped through ball, before Donnarumma’s howler undid his team-mates’ good work. The Italian international made a hash of a Dimitri Payet corner, flapping at the ball to turn it loose in the penalty area.
The ball ricocheted off the helpless Marquinhos and neither Verratti nor Danilo could stop it landing at the feet of Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car, who stabbed it home from a yard out to make it 1-1.
Kylian Mbappe missed a one-on-one while he and Lionel Messi both had a goal ruled out for offside but PSG were handed a lifeline when referee Francois Letexier gave them a penalty for handball. Mbappe buried the spot-kick to make it 2-1 before half-time.
Arsenal loanee William Saliba thought he had scored a late equaliser from a Payet free-kick but the goal was chalked off by VAR for a marginal offside. PSG remain on course for the title, but fans were not in a forgiving mood for Donnarumma’s error, which was watched by Keylor Navas from the PSG substitutes’ bench.
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“Donnarumma is a donkey,” wrote one fan on Twitter. “What has happened to Donnarumma? He’s been awful in the last few months,” asked another.
“Most overrated GK out there at the moment,” wrote one commenter. “Always looked like someone handling a wet bar of soap, can be a good shot stopper but so so unreliable, not worth the hype and money,” added another. “Buffon at 43 > Donnarumma in his prime,” concluded another.
Donnarumma joined PSG on a five-year contract in July after his AC Milan contract expired. The 23-year-old goalkeeper is paid £10.3million (€12m) per year plus add-ons by the French giants, who signed him after he helped Italy win Euro 2020.
He was named Euro 2020's player of the tournament by UEFA after saving England's Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka's penalties in the shoot-out at Wembley last summer. But his form has been poor in recent months, with many fans believing Navas is deserving of his place in the side.
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