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Mbappe on target as PSG beat Brest

Published on: 15 January 2022

Mbappe now has 101 goals in 126 Ligue 1 games for PSG

Paris St-Germain returned to winning ways with Kylian Mbappe on target in a victory over Brest that takes them 11 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

PSG were without other stars including Lionel Messi and Neymar, but were still too good for their opponents.

Mbappe fired in the opener from the edge of the box - his 19th goal of the season and 10th in the league.

Thilo Kehrer made sure of the points with a wonderful side-footed volley from Nuno Mendes' cross.

It was the defender's second goal in as many league games following his equaliser against Lyon last weekend. He had only previously scored two Ligue 1 goals in total in 70 appearances.

The win extended PSG's unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to 12 games, but was just a second victory in the last six.

They have endured significant disruption to their glittering side, including an injury to Neymar, Messi testing positive for Covid-19, and players including Achraf Hakimi and Idrissa Gueye taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Messi has missed the last three games following a positive Covid-19 test but is expected to return against Stade Reims next Sunday

Despite that, their starting XI is still the envy of the rest of France, and while not seamless, it was superior on Saturday.

They have made a habit of late of conceding first and would have done so again but for Gianluigi Donnarumma's superb save to deny Irvin Cardona following Presnel Kimpembe's misjudged backpass.

But having survived that scare, they set about taking control and took the lead through Mbappe's neat cut inside and superb low finish.

Marco Verratti struck the inside of the far post with a toe-poke effort early in the second half before Kehrer struck to give the home side a more comfortable final 35 minutes, which included a late cameo from Sergio Ramos.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsPSG

Formation 4-3-3

50G Donnarumma24Kehrer5Marquinhos3Kimpembe25Tavares Mendes21Herrera6Verratti18Wijnaldum11Di María9Icardi7Mbappé

    50G Donnarumma24Kehrer5Marquinhos3KimpembeBooked at 55mins25Tavares Mendes21HerreraBooked at 24minsSubstituted forParedesat 80'minutes6VerrattiBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMichutat 90+1'minutes18WijnaldumSubstituted forDaniloat 45'minutesBooked at 65mins11Di MaríaSubstituted forRamosat 72'minutes9IcardiSubstituted forSimonsat 80'minutes7MbappéBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

    4Ramos8Paredes15Danilo16Rico17Dagba23Draxler28Ebimbe34Simons38Michut

Brest

Formation 4-4-2

40Bizot18Pierre-Gabriel5Chardonnet23Hérelle2Duverne21Faivre27Magnetti10Agoume9Honorat26Le Douaron14Cardona

    40Bizot18Pierre-Gabriel5ChardonnetBooked at 61mins23HérelleSubstituted forBrassierat 80'minutes2Duverne21FaivreSubstituted forBadjiat 90+1'minutes27MagnettiBooked at 34minsSubstituted forLasneat 59'minutes10AgoumeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forM'Bockat 59'minutes9Honorat26Le Douaron14CardonaSubstituted forMouniéat 59'minutes

Substitutes

    1Larsonneur3Brassier8Lasne15Mounié20Uronen22Faussurier28M'Bock29Badji

Referee:Mikael LesageMatch StatsHome TeamPSGAway TeamBrestPossessionHome69%Away31%ShotsHome20Away6Shots on TargetHome9Away3CornersHome9Away6FoulsHome10Away8Live TextPost update

Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 2, Brest 0.

90'+4'Full Time

Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 2, Brest 0.

90'+3'Post update

Sergio Ramos (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Youssouph Badji (Brest).

90'+1'Post update

Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+1'Post update

Foul by Steve Mounié (Brest).

90'+1'Substitution

Substitution, Brest. Youssouph Badji replaces Romain Faivre.

90'+1'Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Edouard Michut replaces Marco Verratti.

90'Post update

Corner, Brest. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

88'Post update

Attempt blocked. Jérémy Le Douaron (Brest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel.

86'Post update

Attempt saved. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Xavi Simons.

85'Post update

Corner, Brest. Conceded by Marco Verratti.

84'Post update

Attempt missed. Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

82'Post update

Foul by Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint Germain).

82'Post update

Jean-Kévin Duverne (Brest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80'Substitution

Substitution, Brest. Lilian Brassier replaces Christophe Hérelle.

80'Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Xavi Simons replaces Mauro Icardi.

80'Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Leandro Paredes replaces Ander Herrera.

79'Post update

Attempt missed. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marco Verratti following a fast break.

77'Post update

Attempt saved. Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kylian Mbappé.

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Source: bbc.com

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