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Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Marseille: Icardi and Neymar deliver Pochettino’s first managerial trophy

Mauricio Pochettino secured the first trophy of his managerial career as Paris Saint-Germain edged past Marseille 2-1 in the Trophee des Champions on Wednesday.

In just his third game in charge of the French giants, former Tottenham boss Pochettino watched his side claim the trophy for the eighth consecutive year without ever having to get out of second gear.

Mauro Icardi got them on their way, sliding in from close range after 39 minutes before Neymar, making his first appearance in a month after an ankle injury, added a second from the penalty spot five minutes from time.

Dimitri Payet pulled one back for Marseille in the 89th minute, but PSG held on to claim a deserved win.

Icardi squandered a golden opportunity to hand PSG an 18th-minute lead, the striker inexplicably heading wide from six yards following Angel Di Maria’s inswinging corner.

The Argentina international and Kylian Mbappe then both had efforts ruled out for offside before the half-hour mark as PSG dominated.

Icardi was not to be denied six minutes before the interval, though, tapping in from a yard after his initial header had been diverted onto the post by Steve Mandanda.

He then rounded off his action-packed first half in stoppage time, thundering a strike against the crossbar from 15 yards.

Keylor Navas denied Florian Thauvin as Marseille started the second half with a spring in their step.

Further pressure from Andre Villas-Boas’ side failed to materialise, though, with substitute Neymar adding a second from the spot after Icardi had been brought down by Yohann Pele, the penalty ultimately given after referee Ruddy Buquet was encouraged to check the pitchside monitor by VAR.

Payet set up a tense finale with a cool finish from Thauvin’s cross, but PSG held on to continue their Trophee des Champions dominance.

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