In their brand-new vintage third shirt, it was a new-look Paris Saint-Germain that took to the pitch after the international break with Parc des Princes debuts for Navas, and then Herrera and Icardi after the break, as well as the comeback of Neymar Jr.
The French Ligue 1 champions confiscated the ball in the opening ten minutes, before going on the attack through a Choupo-Moting header (12'). A very defensive Racing in their 5-4-1 bounced back like a coiled spring and it took a finger-tip save from Navas to deny Ajorque (18')! Les Rouge et Bleu looked for the breakthrough, with a Neymar Jr lob from 35 metres out (31'), and an effort that curled wide (44') but at half-time, Paris Saint-Germain were still looking for their first shot on target.
Strasbourg's two solid lines of defence were proving a tough nut to crack. Paris kept knocking on a closed door, and when it opened, it was only far enough to launch another counterattack for the visitors with Navas against denying Ajorque one-on-one (76'), before Sels did well to keep out Ney (77'), before scrambling Herrera's half-volley wide (84')!
The match was deep in stoppage time, heading for a draw when Neymar Jr decided otherwise. After hitting the post straight from a corner (85'), the Brazilian produced a breathtaking left-footed bicycle kick that flew in off the post (1-0, 90+2')! The Paris No.10 through he'd added another, only for it to be ruled out for offside (90+5'). A fabulous late finish that sees Paris provisionally alone on the top of the Ligue 1 standings.
A man in the match: Neymar Jr
All eyes on were on the Brazil international who met all the expectation in his own inimitable way. That is to say, on the pitch! At the centre of every attack for the capital club, he left the best for last, producing a stunning finish to secure the precious three points. It was his 21st goal in 20 Ligue 1 matches at the Parc des Princes. And without doubt one of the most important on many levels…
The word: Unbreachable
Quickly called into action, quickly adopted by the Parc! Keylor Navas became the 456th player in club history and its 35th goalkeeper. In just 90 minutes, he showcased all his talent with a flying save (18'), and on the ground (76') against Ajorque. With Keylor, the defence stands strong and he was clearly one of the stars of this third consecutive clean sheet in the league at the Parc.
In four days, Les Rouge et Bleu return to their beloved Parc for the start of another prestigious European campaign against none other than 13-time winners Real Madrid (who defeated Levante 3-2 on Saturday in Liga at the Bernabeu) next Wednesday (21:00 CET). And the aim will be the same: maintain a winning dynamic at home. Paris are undefeated in their last 21 home matches in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (15 wins, 6 draws, dating back to 2004).