Kylian Mbappe scored from the penalty spot as Paris Saint-Germain eased to their seventh straight Ligue 1 win on Saturday, beating Nantes 3-Zero away to maneuver provisionally three factors clear on the prime of the desk. All of the objectives got here within the second half on the Stade de la Beaujoire, with Ander Herrera opening the scoring two minutes after the restart and Kylian Mbappe changing a 65th-minute spot-kick earlier than Pablo Sarabia secured the factors late on. PSG have now taken most factors since beginning the season with back-to-back defeats and the reigning champions are three away from Lille and Rennes on the summit.
Lille, who’re unbeaten, can rejoin the membership from the capital on the prime in the event that they beat Lyon on Sunday. Rennes beat Brest 2-1 on Saturday.
“I’m very completely satisfied. We made plenty of adjustments as a result of we felt it was mandatory. We do not count on issues to be good and spectacular on a regular basis,” stated Paris coach Thomas Tuchel.
He made six adjustments to his line-up following the 2-Zero midweek win at Istanbul Basaksehir within the Champions League, with Neymar a kind of lacking after struggling an adductor damage that’s anticipated to maintain him out till the upcoming worldwide break.
Nonetheless Nantes, whose recreation at Lens final weekend was known as off following a coronavirus outbreak of their opponents’ squad, had been lacking a complete again 4 right here, together with three to Covid-19.
Sarabia hit the publish early on for the guests on this recreation, performed behind closed doorways after France returned to a full nationwide lockdown in an try and stem a surge in coronavirus circumstances.
Nigerian winger Moses Simon then missed an open purpose for Nantes, someway failing to show in Randal Kolo Muani’s help.
‘No damage’ for Kean, Mbappe
Kolo Muani then curled a shot agonisingly huge after a Herrera slip had let Nantes in, earlier than PSG took off Moise Kean — scorer of 4 objectives within the earlier two video games — on the break.
The league leaders obtained the breakthrough at the beginning of the second half when Mbappe picked out the previous Manchester United midfielder Herrera to fireplace dwelling.
Mbappe, who moved from the left wing to a extra central function within the second half, then benefited from a really gentle penalty award when he went down underneath strain from Jean-Charles Castelletto.
The World Cup winner stroked dwelling the penalty for his seventh league purpose of the season, all of which have come within the final six matches.
He was then withdrawn and headed straight down the tunnel clutching his proper hamstring, however Tuchel stated it was nothing to fret about forward of Wednesday’s key Champions League conflict with RB Leipzig in Germany.
“It’s simply fatigue. It isn’t an damage,” stated Tuchel. “The identical for Kean. He had simply taken just a few knocks.”
Simply earlier than Mbappe went off, Nantes received a penalty of their very own when Colin Dagba fouled Marcus Coco within the field, however Abdoul Kader Bamba’s effort from 12 yards was saved by Keylor Navas.
– Rennes again on monitor earlier than Chelsea –
PSG have conceded only one purpose of their seven-game successful run, whereas Sarabia chipped in after pouncing on Imran Louza’s back-pass to make it 23 objectives scored in that point.
Earlier Rennes obtained again on monitor by coming from behind to beat Brest as they put together to go to Chelsea within the Champions League in midweek.
Defensive duo Damien Da Silva and Nayef Aguerd obtained the objectives for Rennes after Franck Honorat had given the guests the lead at Roazhon Park in a Brittany derby.
A 3rd-place end within the final, curtailed French season allowed Rennes to qualify for the Champions League for the primary time, however they’ve taken only one level from their first two group video games, a 1-1 draw with Russians Krasnodar being adopted by a 1-Zero loss away to Sevilla in midweek.
They face Chelsea in London on Wednesday, a recreation which shall be missed by teenage France midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who’s injured and likewise performed no half in opposition to Brest.
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