Parisians leave Japan after Inter duel

Paris Saint-Germain brought the curtain down on the Japan Tour 2023/24 with a 2-1 loss to Inter Milan.

The final game in the Land of the Rising Sun was an attractive one with Luis Enrique's side up against Italian giants Inter Milan. The Paris Saint-Germain coach continued with his pre-season preparations by starting Marco Asensio and Carlos Soler up front.

There was a tremendous atmosphere as the game between two recent Champions League finalists kicked off, and the Rouge-et-Bleu were able to see just how popular they are in Japan.  

In a frenetically paced start, the Rouge-et-Bleu stepped up to the challenge. Milan Skriniar snapped into tackles, Fabian Ruiz worked tirelessly in midfield while our captain Marquinhos' keen sense of anticipation helped keep Inter at bay, notably the lively Federico Dimarco out wide. They also showed a cutting edge going forward with Asensio firing off three shots inside the opening 15 minutes, one striking the post of Filip Stankovic's goal (13'). Fabian Ruiz, Achraf Hakimi, and Carlos Soler all tried their luck while Vitinha dictated the game in the middle of the park.

Despite all the good intentions, the scoreline did not change until shortly after the hour mark thanks to Vitinha. The Portugal international midfielder stepped forward and - from a central position - sent a crisp shot into the net (1-0, 64').

Inter, however, did not give up and as the Parisians rotated their line-up, they took advantage. Sebastiano Esposito levelled with a low cross-shot (1-1, 81') shortly before Stefano Sensi netted the winner (1-2, 83').

Despite the scoreline, there were still more positives to come from the final game of the Japan Tour ahead of the start of the new league season. Merci for everything, Japan.