By Sports Reporter
WARRIORS striker Tino Kadewere is over the moon after putting on a match winning performance in the biggest match of his professional career against a star-studded Paris Saint-Germain side at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night.
Kadewere, who has had an explosive start in the French top-flight, scored the only goal of the match to power Olympique Lyon to a deserved 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain whose side featured superstars like Brazilian forward Neymar, France’s Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria of Argentina.
The 24-year-old Zimbabwe star gave his side a deserved lead, latching onto Toko Ekambi’s through ball and scoring his fifth goal of the campaign, low into the corner beyond the PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the 35th minute.
Lyon held on for a famous win which lifted them to the top of the Ligue 1 log where they are only separated on goal difference with Lille.
Kadewere’s lone goal also handed Lyon their first win in Paris in 14 attempts.
The last time Lyon, who are affectionately known as Les Gones picked up all three points at the Parc des Princes back in October 2007 when Hatem Ben Arfa – who later turned out for PSG – struck twice in a 3-2 win with Lyon on the march to their record seventh consecutive French Ligue 1 title.
Speaking after the game, the Highfield born and bred Warriors striker said he was a delighted man after his goal separated Olympique Lyon and defending champions Paris Saint-Germain in a crunch French Ligue 1 top of the table clash.
“We’re very happy, it was very important for us to win, we worked hard all week to prepare for this game,” Kadewere said.
“We stayed focused the whole game. It was also wonderful for me, I’m happy to have scored, it was my first very big match in Europe, so I’m happy to have scored and to have come away with the win.”
Kadewere also earned the praises from his Olympique Lyon teammates with defender Maxwell Cornet describing the Zimbabwean striker as a player of great talent.
Speaking after the dramatic encounter, Cornet said: “We were united tonight. We have a close-knit collective. The group is living very well with a lot of joie de vivre. Tino has integrated very well. He is a player of great talent. He is important to us.”
“We have big ambitions this year. We were frustrated last season with this premature stoppage. We have a large squad. We must remain humble.”
Kadewere, who appears to have won the coach’s heart ahead of highly rated French striker Moussa Dembele, has five goals to his name and one assist this season.
After initially being expected to play a bit part role following his move from Le Havre, the Zimbabwean has been part of the success story in the league campaign thus far after punching above his weight to claim a place in the team in his debut season in the French top-flight.
Lyon have now gone 11 games without tasting defeat.