PSG 3-1 Saint-Etienne: Mbappe shines as PSG bounce back in Ligue 1

Kylian Mbappe’s masterful performance saw PSG bounce back from their shock loss to Nantes last week to win 3-1 against Saint-Etienne at the Parc des Princes.

His two goals saw him join former PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in PSG’s all-time goalscoring record, as he equalized on 156 goals.

But it was Etienne who struck first. In the 16th minute, Danilo Pereira was caught dribbling on the edge of his own box and was duly punished by Denis Bouanga, who finished powerfully in the bottom corner to give the opposing team a shock lead.

PSG then fought back before half-time through Mbappe, who was played by a vintage Lionel Messi on the ball. He cleared and his shot was fired at Paul Bernadoni but he couldn’t hold it off.

The Frenchman then equaled Ibra’s record thanks to another link with Messi. Neat footwork from the Argentine on the edge of the box saw him play Mbappe who shot powerfully past Bernadoni who was beaten by the power of the shot.

Five minutes later he was involved again, this time on a delicious outside cross from the boot for Danilo, who had the easy task of applying the finish from close range.

PSG had late chances to add to the tally, but this victory puts them 16 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as the runaway leaders seek to retain their title.

Result PSG vs St. Etienne

PSG 3

Mbappé (42′) Mbappé (48′) Danilo (53′)

Saint-Etienne 1

Bouanga (16′)

PSG vs Saint-Etienne – How it happened

FULL TIME! PSG WIN 3-1 AND WALK EVER CLOSER TO THE TITLE

90+2 mins: Messi fires a late free kick, his struggles to score in Ligue 1 continue. But creatively tonight he was very good.

90th min: YELLOW FOR MARQUINHOS

As we head into two minutes of added time.

88th min: Di Maria finds space in the area, but shoots Bernardoni again.

85th min: Replacement of PSG – Mbappé is replaced by Mauro Icardi. Mbappe’s two goals tonight saw him overtake Zlatan Ibrahimovic to become PSG’s second-highest goalscorer of all time!

What. A player.

82nd min: A CHANCE FOR HAMOUMA – the substitute fires a superb shot, but Donnarumma makes another good save. The Italian was a defiant in goal tonight for the Ligue 1 leaders.

80th minute: POST FOR NEYMAR! Another brilliant shot sees Neymar shoot against the post, close again for the Brazilian!

73rd minute: LUCK FOR MESSI!

Angel Di Maria cuts in and fires a curling effort on goal. From the backup, Neymar recovers and sets up Messi, who shoots wide. It should be 4-1.

Mbappé is on fire tonight! 2 goals and 1 assist so far!

60th minute: POST FOR PSG! Danilo comes close to scoring again with a header, this time from a corner!

57th min: Free kick well taken by Boudebouz.

56th min: YELLOW CARD FOR GUEYE. As he knocks down Camara and Etienne have a free kick deep in PSG’s half.

Etienne also makes two replacements: Mangala and Youssouf OFF, Moukoudi and Hamouma TO

53rd min: GOAL FOR PSG! DANILO HOLDS PSG FURTHER!

WHAT ASSISTANCE FOR MBAPPE!

51st min: Neymar’s shot hits the wall and forces a corner.

50th min: Neymar dances and wins another dangerous free kick!

48th Min: GOAL FOR PSG! DOUBLE MBAPPE!

Messi and Mbappe combine again, as another deft ball was powerfully finished by the Frenchman to give PSG the lead!

SECOND HALF IN PROGRESS!

A change for PSG – Angel Di Maria comes on Thilo Kehrer.

Stay tuned for the second half! Will PSG claim victory or will Etienne pull off a major shock?

Who else but Mbappé?

HALF-TIME: Mbappe’s goal at the end of the first half cancels Bounaga’s first game to return to level at the break!

45th min: There will be one minute of added time at the end of the first half.

42nd min: Mbappe runs in the back, perfectly round by Messi with a brilliant weighted crossing ball! PSG’s top scorer fired on Bernadoni, who couldn’t save Mbappe’s 13th league goal this season!

42nd min: GOAL FOR PSG! MBAPPE!

36th min: OFFSIDE OCCASION FOR PSG! Mbappe is ruled offside, following a long ball that saw him head-to-head as he forced a save which fell on Messi, who headed in his direction. Replays then showed the Frenchman was indeed offside before the chance.

33rd min: Saved by Bernadoni from Messi! A classic curling effort from Messi was well saved by Bernadoni. And the resulting corner led to a blocked Idrissa Gueye shot from the edge of the box.

32nd min: FREE KICK FOR PSG – Neymar dances past a few defenders and is knocked down in dangerous free-kick territory for the home side.

27th min: Great footwork and skill from Mbappe from the left, as he dances past a few defenders before crossing low but the Saint-Etienne defense remained strong as PSG continue forward.

25th min: LUCK! Etienne breaks again, and Arnaud Nordin shoots from a tight angle which is well saved by Donnarumma. Etienne looks lively at the break.

24th minute: Better from PSG as Lionel Messi and Mbappe link up, but the pass is just too strong for the Frenchman, as Bernadoni collects.

16th Min: GOAL FOR ETIENNE! Dennis Bounaga!

Danilo gives the ball on the edge of the PSG penalty area, and Bounga punishes the error with a brilliant low shot that flies over Donnarumma! An upheaval on the cards?

12th min: LUCK FOR ETIENNE! Donnarumma is forced into a brilliant save from close range after some good work from the opposing team. The PSG then breaks with Mbappé who shoots straight at Bernadoni!

10th min: LUCK FOR PSG! Danilo heads in from a cross, as PSG start to take control of the game. A debut goal could certainly come here with Neymar starting strong tonight.

9th minute: YELLOW CARD FOR MANGALA! The former Manchester City defender cynically knocks down Georginio Wijnaldum for a dangerous free kick!

7th Min: LUCK! Neymar enters the box and gets a lucky deflection from Mangala, but the deflection shocks the Brazilian striker and he finishes over the bar!

2nd min: An early break for the opposing team led to a corner kick, but PSG cleared it easily.

1st minute: KICK-OFF! We are on our way to Paris!

3:00 a.m.: A strong message from both teams before the match.

2:59 a.m .: The stage is set… the kick-off is in a few moments!

2:34 p.m .: NEWS FROM THE ETIENNE TEAM

2:32 p.m .: NEWS FROM THE PSG TEAM

2:05 p.m.: Soon news from the team…

1:45 p.m.: The stage is set !

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