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Participant scores as Messi & Mbappe save PSG

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Paris Saint-Germain left it late to beat Good 2-1 at Parc des Princes and return to the highest of the Ligue 1 desk.

Christophe Galtier stays unbeaten as supervisor however discovered it robust in opposition to his former facet, and required a purpose from substitute Kylian Mbappe to safe victory in opposition to the early-season strugglers.

Good had the higher of the opening ten minutes, however PSG got here near breaking the impasse by means of a Lionel Messi free-kick, although his 30-yard strike bounced simply large of the publish.

Ross Barkley, on mortgage at Good from Chelsea, was set racing by means of on purpose by Mario Lemina, however was effectively marshalled by a retreating Marquinhos and the hosts had been let off the hook for his or her insanely excessive line.

PSG took the lead after half an hour when Messi danced his approach by means of the Good defence, ultimately drawing a foul from Dante, and the Argentine stepped as much as fireplace dwelling the ensuing free-kick from the sting of the penalty space.

Messi almost doubled the lead in first-half stoppage time with a stinging strike from 18 yards, however his time Kasper Schmeichel was capable of push it excessive.

However simply after the restart, Good discovered a leveller. Youcef Atal’s cross bounced between and over each of Marquinhos and Nordi Mukiele, permitting Gaetan Laborde to scramble dwelling from shut vary.

One other ball in from Atal brought about a panic within the PSG field minutes later, and the hosts had been lucky that Melvin Bard fired over together with his weaker proper foot.

Vitinha and Neymar each flashed photographs off course on the finish of swift PSG counter assaults, whereas Messi someway picked out Nuno Mendes with a by means of ball just for the wing-back to be denied by the legs of Schmeichel.

And Good’s resistance caved in with just below ten minutes remaining when Mukiele gained the ball again excessive up the pitch, and his cutback was swept dwelling by Mbappe to steal the win.

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma – 5/10 – Ought to in all probability have commanded his field a bit higher within the lead as much as the equaliser.

CB: Nordi Mukiele – 6/10 – Bombed on to help Hakimi effectively. Caught out for Good’s equaliser, nevertheless

CB: Marquinhos – 5/10 – Equally misplaced focus to permit Laborde to degree the scoring.

CB: Sergio Ramos – 6/10 – Endured a quiet night regardless of of Good’s joys down his facet.

RM: Achraf Hakimi – 5/10 – His runs helped open the sport up and create house for Messi however he was ineffective on the ball and in his personal half.

CM: Vitinha – 5/10 – Was too secure together with his distribution when his ahead teammates had been making darting runs.

CM: Fabian Ruiz – 5/10 – Shied away from possession at occasions. Messi and Neymar needed to come deep to retrieve the ball too typically.

LM: Juan Bernat – 6/10 – Obtained to the byline virtually each time PSG went ahead.

RF: Lionel Messi – 8/10 – Was in his personal groove and was rewarded with an exquisite purpose. Plenty of his teammates weren’t on his degree.

LF: Neymar – 4/10 – Little of the trickery Neymar pulled off labored. Would have been higher off taking part in both a less complicated or extra intense sport.

CF: Hugo Ekitike – 6/10 –
Confirmed flashes of high quality however did not fairly appear on the identical wavelength as his famous person teammates, not sure whether or not to carry the ball up or run in behind.

SUB: Kylian Mbappe (59′ for Ekitike) – 7/10

SUB: Nuno Mendes (59′ for Bernat) – 5/10

SUB: Renato Sanches (72′ for Fabian) – N/A

SUB: Pablo Sarabia (88′ for Messi) – N/A

SUB: Danilo Pereira (88′ for Sanches) – N/A

Supervisor: Christophe Galtier – 5/10 – PSG had been sluggish and laborious for probably the most half, and had been fairly lucky to stroll away with the factors.

GK: Kasper Schmeichel (5); RB: Youcef Atal (7), CB: Mattia Viti (5), CB: Dante (5), LB: Melvin Bard (5); CM: Pablo Rosario (6); CM: Mario Lemina (7), RM: Ross Barkley (6), AM: Aaron Ramsey (4), LM: Sofiane Diop (6); CF: Gaetan Laborde (7)

Subs: Khephren Thuram-Ulien (6), Nicolas Pepe (5), Jordan Lotomba (N/A), Alexis Beka Beka (N/A), Andy Delort (N/A)

Supervisor: Lucien Favre – 7/10

Participant of the Match – Lionel Messi

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