Tension, Ultras, rivalry: facing their sworn enemy Marseille, in the semi-final of the U19 championship in Orléans, the Parisian Titis were able to discover what the warm atmosphere of the clasicos could look like. As announced, the Ultras made the trip to Loiret to support their protégés and lead them to a final against Nantes, who defeated Lens on Saturday (3-2).
In total, they are more than 200, installed in the Orleans stand, located behind one of the goals. And the Parisian supporters, bare-chested, set fire to the warm-up. Very vocal, they keep the pressure on the Marseille Minots in front of them. It is nevertheless the Phocaeans who start the match best.
President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and Presnel Kimpembe in the gallery
But at the start of the match, attention was more focused on the stands. Returning from Strasbourg in the night after celebrating the title with their teammates, Warren Zaire-Emery and Presnel Kimpembe attend the performance of the club’s young people, as does President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, not far from the parents of Kylian Mbappé. The latter came to encourage the youngest, Ethan, very popular with the fans.
However, the few OM supporters quickly had reason to rejoice. Upon receiving a perfectly balanced cross, François-Regis Mughe, already a scorer in the Coupe de France among the pros, opened the scoring with a header from close range (18th).
The Parisians then take the match on their own, with in particular Noha Lemina, Mario’s brother, omnipresent. Twirling on his right flank, the Titi takes advantage of his incredible speed to make the Marseille defense suffer. “Noha has a lot of qualities, underlines Zoumana Camara, the coach of the Parisian team. In power, speed and one on one, he is very strong. But neither he, nor Ismaël Gharbi, nor Ilyes Housni managed to destabilize the Olympian defence.
Housni frees Paris and awakens the Ultras volcano
The Parisian Ultras will never be discouraged. After taking advantage of the makeshift bar set up next to their grandstand, they start again, chanting constantly “Paris is magic”. “For a U19 match, the atmosphere was magnificent, underlines the Parisian coach. Experiencing a meeting in this context is a fantastic experience for kids. And the Titis end up rewarding their supporters. Launched on his flank, Noha Lemina slaloms perfectly in the defense before shifting Ilyes Housni, scorer thanks to a nice cross shot.
The place in the final was finally decided in stoppage time. Launched in depth by Gharbi, Ilyes Housni, again him, maneuvers impeccably to score the goal of deliverance. And the Ultras volcano may have erupted. Clinging to the gates, the Parisian supporters cracked the last smoke bombs they had left before celebrating the victory with their Titis. It is also directly towards them that they rush at the final whistle to sing a few songs of victory. “90% of the players are Parisians. Sharing that with the supporters is something exceptional and it will remain etched in their memory,” rejoiced Zoumana Camara, delighted with his team’s performance but already focused on the final against Nantes next Sunday.
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