Kylian Mbappeoccasionally relegated to the substitution in favor of the young Hugo Ekitike, came to the rescue of the Paris Saint Germain who only saw the victory up close in the final stretch, when thanks to the French star he brought down the stupendous resistance of Nice.
Nordi Mukiele stole a ball that Vitinha found to lengthen the play with a combination. He crossed from the right and Mbappé, at the penalty spot, took the ball into the net with a low shot. Mission accomplished for the French international who jumped onto the pitch with half an hour to go. Mbappé resolved that he returned PSG to the top of Ligue 1, provisionally relegated to second place by Marseille who won in Angers on Friday.
Mbappé did not play from the start and the Parisian team noticed it. In addition to what he contributes on the field of play, the Parisian exerts a notable, intimidating influence on the rival.
was the young Hugo Ekitikesigned from Reims, who shared an offensive shortlist with Messi and Neymar. Ekitike has not had much prominence so far this year and Galtier rewarded him with the starting job. It was not the best match to show his virtues. PSG ran into an uncomfortable opponent who hasn’t quite found regularity in the season. Alternate a good win with a disappointing setback. Hence its position in the table. In the lower part.
Even so, he fearlessly faced his visit to the Parc des Princes and at times subdued the champion. It was the individual quality that unbalanced the balance. At half an hour. A lack to the edge of the area of Dante to Messi propitiated Another great goal from the Argentine. A free kick from the crescent. For the right squad. No option for Kasper Schmeichel who didn’t even move. That was enough for Paris Saint-Germain to take the lead and reach the dominating locker room.
It did not have as much arrival as other times. No noteworthy scoring chances. Nice came out decisively after the interval and on the first occasion left the local defense in evidence to achieve the tie. It was in a cross to the box from the right by Youcef Atal that came, after a chain error by the Parisian defenders, to Gaetan Laborde who beat Gianluigi Donnarumma to equalize in the 48th minute.
Galtier turned to Mbappé ten minutes later to play with him for the last half hour. He replaced Ekitike while Nuno Mendes replaced Juan Bernat. He was able to score Neymar after a cross from Achraf but his shot went over the crossbar. It was an isolated action of those that PSG tried to frequent, which did not find solutions to the order of the visiting defense. He resorted to balls to the area. No option. While Nice did not give up anything.
It was again a touch of quality, an individual action, this time by Kylian Mbappé, who avoided a setback for Galtier’s team. He took advantage of a pass from Nordi Mukiele to beat Schmeichel again. This time definitively.