On Sunday, a late goal scored by Kylian Mbappe was the difference in Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Brest. The result was a 3-2 victory for PSG, which moved them into second place in the standings.
“It was difficult going up against a team that hadn’t lost at home yet this season,” remarked Luis Enrique, the head coach of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
“We are off to an extremely promising beginning…The second half was the worst I’ve ever experienced with PSG, and Brest were the superior team.
Despite this, Paris Saint-Germain were able to defeat early season surprise package Brest with the help of a brace from Mbappe either side of halftime as well as a rocket from Warren Zaire-Emery.
PSG is now in second place in the league with 21 points, just one point behind Nice, who are in first place in the league after their late win allowed them to keep pace with other top-of-the-table clubs Nice and Monaco.
After some deft footwork on the part of Bradley Barcola in the build-up, Wonderkid Zaire-Emery, 17, gave the away side the start they wanted on the 16th minute when he rifled a magnificent effort from a distance into the top corner of the goal.
The lead for PSG was then extended on the 28th minute when Kylian Mbappe scored a goal after being set free by Lee Kang-in and finishing in a manner that was similar to his goal against AC Milan on the previous Wednesday.
It appeared that Brest would enter halftime losing by two goals, but with two minutes left before the break, Steve Mounie found himself all by himself inside the penalty area and scored a goal to punish PSG.
Jeremy Le Douaron’s header in the 52nd minute gave Brest the equaliser they needed, and it appeared to be enough to ensure that the points would be split evenly between the two teams. Brest was energised by the goal that was scored just before halftime.
Mbappe, who had been struggling recently but had suddenly found new life, scored the game-winning goal for PSG in the 88th minute, netting the rebound after his penalty had been saved.
“I’m not sure if we deserve it because they also had opportunities, and we did things that could have gone wrong. Eric Roy, the head coach of Brest, remarked that his team had opportunities but was unable to capitalise on them.
Hicham Boudaoui scored the only goal of the game for Nice in the second half of their 1-0 victory away to Clermont, which lifted Nice into first position in the table.
When they travel to Lille on Sunday, Monaco will be looking to get back into first place in the table, as they were leading the table entering into the weekend.