Match Awards As Germany Stun Holders Portugal With A Remarkable 4 2 Win

Kylian Mbappe netted with a superb header to help Paris Saint-Germain to a 4-2 win at Brest on Friday which lifted them to the top of Ligue 1 with a maximum nine points from three games.

Ander Herrera fired PSG ahead with a 23rd-minute volley before Mbappe made it 2-0 when he powered his effort past home goaleeper Marco Bizot from 10 metres after latching on to a rebound from Georginio Wijnaldum's shot.

Franck Honorat pulled one back for the home side with a crisp finish in the 42nd minute after a slick move, with Steve Mounie holding up the ball well to set up Romain Faivre who released Honorat with a clever backheel.

Kylian Mbappe made it 2-0 to get off the mark this season with a clever header on 36 minutes

Kylian Mbappe made it 2-0 to get off the mark this season with a clever header on 36 minutes

Angel Di Maria came on for Mbappe late on to score PSG's fourth goal with a clever lob

Angel Di Maria came on for Mbappe late on to score PSG's fourth goal with a clever lob

Ander Herrera put the title favourites ahead with a half-volley that trickled in off a post

Ander Herrera put the title favourites ahead with a half-volley that trickled in off a post

The pace dropped after the break before midfielder Idrissa Gueye restored PSG's two-goal advantage in the 73rd minute with a rasping shot from 35 metres which beat Bizot inside the near post, although the keeper should have done better.

Brest missed a pair of chances as visiting keeper Kaylor Navas parried a Ronael Pierre-Gabriel shot and Honorat rattled the woodwork with the rebound.

The visiting defence continued to look shaky and Mounie set up a tense finish when he reduced the arrears in the 85th minute as he drilled in his shot under Navas after another fine assist from Faivre.

PSG were forced to hang on in the closing stages before substitute Angel Di Maria sealed their win on the cusp of stoppage time with a sublime lob from the edge of the penalty area as the visitors broke away after a Brest corner. 

Brest halved the deficit just before the break after an ingenious assist by Romain Faivre

Brest halved the deficit just before the break after an ingenious assist by Romain Faivre

Idrissa Gueye couldn't believe his luck after his 40-yard strike snuck past Marco Bizot

Idrissa Gueye couldn't believe his luck after his 40-yard strike snuck past Marco Bizot

PSG's unconvincing display left boss Mauricio Pochettino with much to ponder in Brittany

PSG's unconvincing display left boss Mauricio Pochettino with much to ponder in Brittany

MATCH FACTS

BREST (4-2-3-1): Bizot; Pierre-Gabriel (Duverne 86), Chardonnet, Brassier, Uronen; Belkebla (Magnetti 74), Mbock; Honorat, Faivre, Cardona (Le Douaron 74); Mounie. 

Subs not used: Larsonneur, Philippoteaux, Bain, Faussurier, Sow, Camblan.

Goals: Honorat 42, Mounie 85 

Yellow: Brassier 

Manager: Michel Der Zakarian 

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (4-3-1-2): Navas; Hakimi, Kehrer, Kimpembe, Diallo; Herrera, Gueye, Verratti (Draxler 72); Wijnaldum; Icardi (Kalimuendo 86), Mbappe (Di Maria 81).  

Subs not used: Donnarumma, Marquinhos, Rafinha, Danilo, Bitu Mazala, Dina Ebimbe. 

Goals: Herrera 23, Mbappe 36, Gueye 73, Di Maria 90 

Yellows: Verratti, Mbappe

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Referee: Eric Wattellier 

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It was a second successive win for PSG without their new signing Lionel Messi, who is yet to feature for the French giants after joining them from Barcelona earlier this month.

Messi was presented to PSG fans before last Saturday's 4-2 home win over Strasbourg but was not in the squad either for that fixture or the win at Brest, having taken a month off after steering Argentina to the Copa America title in July.

On Saturday, Monaco are at home to Lens while champions Lille, who have taken one point from their opening two games, visit St Etienne.

Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-9912723/LIVE-Paris-Saint-Germain-travel-Brest-Ligue-1-without-Lionel-Messi-Sergio-Ramos.html

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