Zimbabwe midfielder Marshall Munetsi produced a midfield masterclass in his first Ligue 1 start, leading Reims to a shock 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain this week.
Munetsi, 23, joined Reims in June after three seasons in the Absa Premiership with Pirates and a loan stint with Baroka, where he displayed incredible versatility with solid displays in midfield and defence.
While he was guilty of the odd lapse of concentration, the Ligue 1 side identified the Zimbabwe international as a promising talent for the future and acquired his services before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
And after a slow start to life in France with three consecutive five-minute cameos against Nantes, Lille and AS Monaco, the 21-time capped Warriors man earned his first start against PSG.
In what was a baptism of fire up against the likes of Ander Herera, Pablo Sarabia and Brazil superstar Neymar, Munetsi stole the show with a commanding display.
His first-half assist for Hassane Kamara just before the hour mark shocked the league leaders at the Parc des Princes and managed to keep the game ticking in the second-half as Boulaye Dia’s stoppage-time goal settled the encounter.
France Football praised his performance after the game, as the best player on the pitch in the victory over Thomas Tuchel’s league leaders.
“Arriving from South Africa, and more specifically Orlando Pirates, the Zimbabwean had not yet had the opportunity to show himself,” the publication stated.
“It’s done, and in what way! Covering every blade of grass, he finished the match with five tackles, the best total of the match, six interceptions and won eleven duels.”
Added to the incredible statistics mentioned, Munetsi also completed 25 of his 30 attempted passes with a completion rate of 86%.
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