Paris follows its course. Paris Saint-Germain dominated the weak Montpellier team (5-2) in the Parc des Princes, on Saturday, August 13, on behalf of the second day of the French Ligue 1. The capital club temporarily leads the standings.
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The Paris players, hooked by the Montpellier residents in their good position at the start of the match, took advantage of individual mistakes by their opponents to take the lead. In a shot outside the middle from Kylian Mbappé, Valai Sakho saved the ball into his own goal. Less than five minutes later, the Malian defender committed a handball to Lionel Messi, and Neymar won his one-on-one with Jones O’Mlin to take the break. Paris Saint-Germain actually benefited from a penalty in the 23rd minute, but Kylian Mbappe stumbled on the Swiss goalkeeper.
For his return to the Parisian shirt, having missed the first match in Clermont due to a slight annoyance in those close to him, the French showed his legs and doubled the calls at the front of the attack. But it has long lacked accuracy. The success ended with his smile, and Mbappe scored the fourth Parisian goal with an acrobatic sole from a corner kick (70).
Meanwhile, Neymar split a double on return from the locker room (51st place) to allow his people to take off. The Brazilian came close to achieving a hat-trick before an offside was reported. The third pawn of the attack, Lionel Messi gave a quieter and less conspicuous performance than in Clermont, but he is still valuable in the groups.
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Parisian coach Christophe Galtier took advantage of his team’s great advantage in rotating his workforce and providing the first minutes of play to Renato Sanchez, the last Parisian player recruited. The Portuguese immediately distinguished themselves by becoming a top scorer in the first ball (87). Reims defector Hugo Eketek also snatched a few minutes off the field at the end of the match.
The Montpelliers were not there offensively for the first 45 minutes, swayed by their mistakes, and took advantage of the slowdown in the second half to pry themselves out of the half-court. Wahbi Khazri took advantage of the opportunity to reduce the difference alone against the goal after a first shot that was blocked by Elie Wahi (58), which is his first goal in a Montpellier shirt. Youngster Enzo Tchato added a second pocket feat at the end of the match. The first two goals conceded by Paris this season, the only black spot this evening for Paris Saint-Germain. A meager consolation for Héraultais, who suffered the season’s first setback at the Parc des Princes.