PSG lose 2-1 to Inter in last minutes of final friendly in Japan

Paris Saint-Germain v FC Internazionale - Preseason Friendly
Paris Saint-Germain v FC Internazionale - Preseason Friendly / Masashi Hara/GettyImages

Facing Inter, last year's Champions League runner-ups, at the Japan National Stadium, PSG faltered in the end, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat against the Nerazzurri in the final minutes of the game after leading 1-0 early.

It was a disappointing outcome, especially considering PSG's dominant performance in the first half. They displayed an attractive style of play and came close to opening the scoring with a beautiful three-way move, which concluded with Marco Asensio hitting the left post.

However, as both teams returned from the locker room for the second half, PSG's lack of a no. 9 upfront became evident, and their attacking prowess faded.

It took a spectacular long-range strike from Vitinha to break the deadlock and give PSG a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute, although the lead wouldn't even last 20 minutes.

Inter made significant changes, bringing in their summer signings, including Juan Cuadrado and Davide Frattesi, who had a massive impact on the match. Frattesi played a crucial role in turning the tide for Inter, assisting Sebastiano Esposito for the equalizer in the 81st minute.

Just two minutes later, Frattesi found Stefano Sensi unmarked in the box, and Sensi fired the ball past the Parisian goalkeeper to give Inter a 2-1 lead.

For PSG, this was their final summer fixture before their first Ligue 1 match against FC Lorient on August 12. There's still much work to be done if they aim to improve and compete successfully in the upcoming season, and it doesn't look like a signing or five would fix that.

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