After the presentation of Lionel Messi to his new audience, there was also a match to be won and Paris did not hesitate to dominate Strasbourg on Saturday night (4-2).
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The Parc des Princes public had been waiting for Communion again for 538 days. Between the presentation of the flashy recruits of the summer, including Lionel Messi, and the success of his team under a rain of goals, the stands were served. If it has complicated the task a little, Paris Saint-Germain concluded its evening with a victory against Strasbourg (4-2) on Saturday August 14. Three months after being deprived of the title by Lille, the club of the capital finds at least temporarily the throne of leader of Ligue 1 from the second day.
The lesson was learned after the false start of the previous season and the two inaugural defeats against Lens and Marseille. There were six points to take in two games and Paris decided to refuel. After the reaction victory against Troyes the previous weekend (2-1), Mauricio Pochettino’s players sought to kill the suspense as quickly as possible, scoring three goals in the first period.
Only two minutes of play were enough for Mauro Icardi to score an extended header after a remote-controlled center from Abdou Diallo (3rd). Then, it was Kylian Mbappé’s turn to find the loophole. In charge of taking a corner, the French international saw the ball return above him on the left. By returning to his right foot to roll up, he deceived Matz Sels with the help of the involuntary header of Ludovic Ajorque (25th). The Alsatians barely had time to make the commitment that Mbappé split the opposing defense to send a gift center to Julian Draxler for the 3-0 (27th).
While the Parisians seemed to have whistled the end of the game, there was no abdication. The Strasbourg residents returned from the locker room with different intentions and took advantage of the defensive mistakes of PSG – and the two face-to-face lost by Mbappé against Sels (48th and 68th) – to get back into the game. The former Parisian Kevin Gameiro showed the way by cutting off a cross from Adrien Thomasson from the right with a header to reduce the score (53rd). Then, Ludovic Ajorque (65th) imitated him in the same circumstances but with a service from the left.
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But the scoring advantage held for Paris, who played the last ten minutes in numerical superiority thanks to the expulsion of Alexander Djiku (82nd). Time for Pablo Sarabia to salt the bill by pushing the ball into the net (86th) after yet another cavalcade of Kylian Mbappé, boosted from the kickoff to the final whistle. Without being perfect, Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG did not miss a point when the defending champion from Lille only scored one and was especially humiliated by Nice a few hours earlier.