Ligue 1: PSG fulfills its mission against Reims thanks to Mbappé, and with Messi


The Parisians have mastered their subject against Reims thanks to a double from Kylian Mbappé on Sunday for the fourth day of Ligue 1. Lionel Messi entered on the hour mark.

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Two sparks and there was light. A double from Kylian Mbappé came to reverse the plan of the Rémois to win 2-0 away, Sunday, August 29. A historic evening because of the entry of the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the 60th minute in place of Neymar. A last half hour which raised the stands of an Auguste-Delaune stadium packed for the occasion.

Without being dazzling in the game, Paris Saint-Germain made the difference by Kylian Mbappé. The realism of the French striker, repositioned in number 9 by Mauricio Pochettino, did wonders to score on two of the three Parisian shots on target of the evening. Enough to win a fourth success in four meetings and afford the reins of the championship before the international break.

In the continuity of their first three matches in the league, the Parisians did not force their talent to put the Stade de Reims to the mat. After a shy start, the Parisian collective found the fault on one of its first forays into the Reims camp. A center supported by the Argentinian Angel Di Maria came on the head of Kylian Mbappé (15th) at the near post. Efficiency without flamboyance but still lethal under the jersey of PSG, with 135 goals to its credit.

Reims obtained few hot situations. Apart from a fleeing cross from Ilan Kebbal (39th) and the dead leaf without momentum of Moreto Cassama on the post of Keylor Navas (41st), the Parisian central hinge Marquinhos – Presnel Kimpembé did not often tremble. The goal refused by the VAR of Marshall Munetsi (51st) after a cross from Thomas Foket and a ball badly rejected by Keylor Navas, could however have changed the game. But the elusive Kylian Mbappé made the break left foot on a low center (63rd), after a counterattack on the lightning right of the excellent and already unavoidable Achraf Hakimi.

A third achievement of the season for the French striker and a symbol before the entry of Lionel Messi (66th) in place of Neymar. Conclusion: a few class sequences for the 34-year-old Argentinian who did not do anything superfluous. Like a PSG far from being at its maximum in the game, the six-fold Ballon d’Or will wait to sparkle under the colors of Paris. An interesting appetizer that is likely to intensify against Clermont on September 12th. The opportunity or not to finally see the entire magic triplet Messi -Neymar – Mbappé. But only the end of the transfer window will tell …

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