PSG 2-0 Nantes: Mbappe scores audacious backheel as PSG cruise to win
PSG 2-0 Nantes: Kylian Mbappe scores an audacious backheel while Neymar nets first goal since return from injury as the French champions move away from Marseille at the top of Ligue 1
- Kylian Mbappe’s incredible backheel finish put PSG in charge against Nantes
- Neymar scored from the post for his first goal since returning from the sidelines
- PSG put daylight between themselves and Marseille and go five clear at the top
A superb Kylian Mbappe goal and a Neymar penalty helped Paris St Germain restore a five-point lead atop the Ligue 1 standings with a 2-0 home win over Nantes on Wednesday.
France striker Mbappe found the back of the net with a jaw-dropping backheel finish early in the second half and Neymar doubled the tally in the closing stages to put PSG on 36 points from 15 games.
Second-placed Marseille, who have played one game more, had narrowed the gap to two points with a 2-0 victory at Angers on Tuesday.
Neymar celebrates with Kylian Mbappe after the World Cup winner’s audacious back-heel goal
‘It’s not easy to beat Nantes they are very compact. We tried to play fast but we lost too many balls,’ said PSG midfielder Marquinhos.
Nantes dropped to ninth in the table on 23 points from 16 games.
At the Parc des Princes, coach Thomas Tuchel left Mauro Icardi on the substitutes’ bench with Mbappe starting up front alongside Angel Di Maria and Neymar.
The ex-Barca star scored from the spot to seal the win for PSG and send them five points clear
Neymar came close to leaving PSG this summer but will now look to push on after staying put
The Brazilian thought he had opened the scoring shortly before halftime but his effort was ruled out by the VAR because of a Julian Draxler foul in the area.
Mbappe went close four minutes into the second half but Alban Lafont parried away the France international’s powerful angled shot.
Mbappe, however, put the hosts ahead in the 52nd minute with a gorgeous backheel from Di Maria’s whipped pass after the Argentine had been played through on the right flank by Neymar.
Mbappe stylishly puts PSG ahead in the second half with a expertly executed back-heel
Angel Di Maria congratulates an ecstatic Mbappe after setting up the young winger to score
Neymar converted a penalty six minutes from full time after Lafont had brought down Icardi in the area following a poor header back from defender Nicolas Pallois.
Keylor Navas made a key save to deny Pallois in stoppage time, helping secure a ninth clean sheet in nine league victories for PSG at home this season.
Elsewhere, St Etienne bounced back from their first defeat under Claude Puel with a 4-1 home victory against Nice thanks to a Denis Bouanga double.
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