Small victory for PSG against Brest before facing Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League

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Small victory for PSG against Brest before facing Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League

The game: 1-0

It’s rare enough this season to be highlighted, but PSG won in Ligue 1 without scoring a card. Paris signed their 6th success in 7 Ligue 1 days thanks to a goal from Neymar against a Brest team who may harbor some regrets, Islam Slimani having missed the equalizing penalty in the 70th minute.

four days later having dominated Juventus (2-1) in the Champions League, Christophe Galtier, the Parisian coach had made only two changes compared to the team which started against the Old Lady: Marquinhos and Nuno Mendes had given way to Danilo and Juan Bernat. The MNM was lined up for this meeting.

In a start to the match in diesel mode, PSG conceded two big chances in Brest: cross from Honorat for Slimani who dives but misses the ball (10th), then a 25m strike from Honorat repelled by Donnarumma (17th) . The Parisians then took control of the match with a strike from Messi deflected by … the heel of Mbappé (20th). They thought they were in numerical superiority when Hérelle mowed down Neymar launched by Messi. But the Brazilian was offside and Mr. Pignard, the referee, withdrew his red (25th). Five minutes later, Neymar, still served by Messi, made a sublime sequence of right foot control and left foot strikes to open the scoring (30th). Paris then monopolized the ball, Messi hit the goalkeeper (44th), Mbappé thought he had doubled the lead (45th); but he was offside and Bizot diverted a good shot from the Bondynois (45th + 2).

The second period was more balanced with in particular a post from Messi (50th), a missed strike from a Mbappé (58th) not in a great day (see elsewhere), another shot from the Argentinian caught by a rather fit Bizot (68′) before Kimpembe caused a penalty by making a mistake on Fadiga (69′). Slimani took his penalty badly, Donnarumma chose the right side and relaxed well to preserve the advantage of the Parisians (70th). The Algerian international could have equalized when the ball bounced off his chest but Donnarumma produced another perfect horizontal to put it in check. Neither Vitinha (85th) nor Marquinhos (88th), entered during the second half, managed to give more scope to the score while Kimpembe, who did not go far from a second yellow card for a tackle leaning on Cardona, left the field, in added time, visibly injured (90th + 1).

This narrow victory, four days before PSG’s trip to Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League, allows the Parisians to regain the lead in Ligue 1 in Lens.

The player: Mbappé, a day without

Kylian Mbappé left the Parc lawn in the 78th minute and gave way to Hugo Ekitike, his face closed. The Bondynois was certainly disappointed with his performance, which was rather lackluster this Saturday against Brest. He started with a shot off target following a cross from Bernat (13th) before turning another from Messi (20th) with his heel. Very little in sight in the first period, he thought he had doubled the bet for PSG, but his goal was refused for an offside position (45th). At the start of the second half, the French striker served Messi perfectly but the Argentinian’s header found the post for Bizot (50th). Symbol of this frustrating afternoon, this missed shot following a good deflection from Neymar (58th).


By scoring his 110th goal with PSG, Neymar became the 4th top scorer in PSG history, ahead of Pauleta. Only Cavani (200 goals), Mbappé (180) and Ibrahimovic (156) do better.


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