Paris maintain perfect start
THE MATCH: PARIS FORCED TO WAIT In matching 4-2-3-1 formations, there was no shortage of international match-ups on show at the Parc as Memphis faced off against Dani Alves, Traoré took on Neymar Jr while Fekir locked horns with Rabiot. In the opening 15 minutes, Paris monopolised the ball (75% possession), but OL were dangerous on the counterattack, illustrated by Memphis (7'). Slowly Paris came into the game with Thiago Motta and Adrien Rabiot bossing the midfield, while Neymar Jr brought his individual brilliance to the party, with an effort direct from a corner (16') – punched clear by Lopes. Local boy Kylian Mbappé looked immediately at home, with the No.29 going close to latching onto Rabiot's through-ball (36'). The new Prince of the Parc then played in Neymar Jr – denied again by (44'). OL dug in their heels…
The two goalkeepers were on top early in the second half with Areola saving from Fekir (50') before Lopes saved a wicked Neymar Jr free-kick (57'). On the hour mark, Lyon went close to stealing the lead through Tousart (66'), and especially Ndombele, whose missile crashed against the crossbar (67'). Substitute Giovani Lo Celso provided the breakthrough from the bench, dribbling Tete on the left before crossing for Cavani who glanced the ball home with a deflection off Marcelo (1-0, 75'). Moments later, El Matador almost had a second, but his penalty was turned onto the crossbar by Lopes (80')! In the end, "Ney" and Mbappé made the game safe, even if it was Morel who got the final touch (2-0, 86')!
THE MOMENT: MBAPPÉ – HOME SWEET HOME A goal-scoring debut against Metz, and on target again in the Champions League in his new colours on Tuesday, Mbappé was decisive again tonight in his first match at the Parc for Paris Saint-Germain! Over the 90 minutes he won the hearts of his new public with his devastating accelerations, his impeccable positioning and his understanding down the right side with Dani Alves. Above all, it was his run that clinched the all-important second goal (86'). The boy from Paris is back home!
WHAT WE LEARNED: Six matches, six wins, 21 goals scored! It's very much a perfect start to the season for Paris, who already sit atop the Ligue 1 standings with 18 points. The capital club also kept another clean sheet against a resolutely attacking Lyon side. Ten days before entertaining Bayern Munich, Paris successfully passed this European test in flying colours!