A double from Kylian Mbappé and a last goal from Mauro Icardi offered, in added time, to PSG a capital victory against Saint-Etienne (3-2) this Sunday during the 33rd day of Ligue 1. Still second in the standings, the Ile-de-France club is one point behind the leader.
Lille held in check by Montpellier (1-1) at the opening of the 33rd day of Ligue 1, PSG had a great opportunity to get back to a point from the Mastiffs of Christophe Galtier. The Ile-de-France club struggled but ended up taking advantage of the Dogues’ poor performance thanks to their snatch victory against Saint-Etienne (3-2).
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“We got into a bit of trouble. When we lead two to one like that, we have to keep the score. We didn’t give up, we wanted to win because the championship is extremely important for us, Kylian Mbappé savored after this success obtained at the end of added time. It is an essential objective. It would be the tenth of the club so we want to participate in the history of the club. We want to win, we are competitors. People think it’s easy to win. This year it is good because there is a title race. It shows that it is not easy what we have done in recent years. We want to continue doing it. There is no secret, you have to give your all and win every game. “
Mbappé in check for a long time …
As a symbol, the first shot on target in the 18th game is for Saint-Etienne. Almost immediately, Kylian Mbappé combined with Mitchel Bakker but saw his attempt fail in Etienne Green’s small outside net. Very moving at the forefront of the attack, the tricolor world champion was then well launched in depth by Ander Herrera but failed to control the ball (22nd).
A week after Leandro Paredes’ nice direct free kick against Strasbourg, Pablo Sarabia found the post (0-0, 29th) before seeing Wahbi Khazri score a goal logically refused for offside.
After another strike from Rafinha and the nice save from Green, Kylian Mbappé could have obtained a penalty after a late tackle from Moukoudi. If the contact is real, the Parisian striker had already shot and the VAR decided not to sanction the intervention of the defender of the Greens.
No better back from the locker room where it took until the 57th minute to see a strike with a new attempt slightly next to Kylian Mbappé, still on a free kick.
… Then author of a double
It is ultimately ASSE which unblocked this meeting in the last quarter of an hour. On a good cross from Trauco, Denis Bouanga beat Presnel Kimpembe (0-1, 78th). But the Gabonese striker did not have time to believe in the feat. Almost immediately, Ander Herrera sent a superb ball into the area towards Kylian Mbappé (1-1, 79th).
A first achievement soon followed by a second. Launched in the area of the Greens, Kylian Mbappé was hooked by Etienne Green. The Frenchman transformed the penalty himself and scored his 35th goal of the season (the 23rd in the league).
But the work of the Parisian was almost spoiled by a new wandering of the Parisian defense and the equalizer of Romain Hamouma (2-2, 92nd). Overmotivated at the idea of not leaving an opportunity to return to Lille, the Parisians then rushed in attack to make the difference.
Verratti played again, Icardi as a savior
If Alessandro Florenzi started this match and ended up sticking his tongue out in the last quarter of an hour, Marco Verratti and Mauro Icardi had to wait to set foot on the pitch. Entering in the 67th minute, at the same time as Angel Di Maria, the Italian midfielder and the Argentinian striker finally managed to dynamite the Stéphane defense.
Absent since March 14 and the defeat against Nantes, Mauro Icardi has not really had ammunition to showcase himself. But only one will have been enough. On the last offensive of the match, Angel Di Maria healed his cross to the Argentinian. Party on the edge of offside, Mauro Icardi headed a crucial goal (3-2, 95th).
PSG is behind Lille
Author of a new double in Ligue 1, Kylian Mbappé has confirmed his status as boss of the Paris attack. But it was the winning return of Mauro Icardi who offered three precious points in the title race. By winning against Saint-Etienne, PSG returned to a point from Lille and revived completely suspense in this final sprint.
Better for the team coached by Mauricio Pochettino, the duel between the Mastiffs and OL next Sunday in Lyon, could allow him to regain first place in the standings. For that, it will be necessary to count on a poor performance of the Northerners and to take at least one point on the ground of Metz. Against Saint-Etienne, Paris was heckled but ended up winning.