Paris back to winning ways
The game was only a few seconds old when Mbappé forced TFC 'keeper Reynet into action (3', 4'). Les Rouge et Bleu hit the ground running, before losing Cavani to injury, replaced by Choupo-Moting (13'). The visitors were pushed back but did manage to counter with Makengo firing across the face of goal (14'). Playing in his 100th Ligue 1 match, Mbappé burst into the box, only to be denied again by the outstretched leg of Reynet (21'). Le Téfécé, playing a defensive 5-4-1, held firm and Paris were forced into another early change when Diallo was replaced by Thiago Silva (39'). Paris had 65% possession, and took nine shots to two... Gueye and Co. were dominating proceedings, but it was still scoreless at the break.
But that all changed after the restart. With a drag-back/pirouette Choupo pulled a stunning goal out of the bag (1-0, 50')! For the 41st Ligue 1 match in a row, Paris found the back of the net and established a new French record in the process. Just five minutes later, Sarabia forced Goncalves into turning the ball into his own net (2-0, 56'). Paris were all smiles, but that changed when Mbappé became the third injury of the evening, limping out of the game, holding his hamstring (63'). Reynet then saved Di Maria's penalty (71'), before Choupo-Moting netted his second of the night and Paris' third (3-0, 75'), and he almost got a hat-trick (82'). In the end, it was Marquinhos who headed home the final goal of the (4-0, 83')! Paris are now undefeated at the Parc des Princes in 21 L1 matches, but we don't yet know at what cost with three injuries...
A man in the match: Marquinhos
Captain at kick-off, Marquinhos became the 24th player in club history to make 250 appearances in Rouge et Bleu! And in the money time, the Brazilian symbolically completed the scoring with a powerful header (83'), his seventh headered goal in the league for Paris Saint-Germain. The 'Marqui' of the Parc des Princes...
The word: First(s)
Tonight Kylian Mbappé brought up his Ligue 1 century but the party was ruined when he left the field injured in the second half. In the end, this was a night of firsts: in the starting line-up for the first time Idrissa Gueye became the 452nd player in club history. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting netted his first brace in French football, while Arthur Zagre, at just 17 years of age, made his L1 debut.
After three Sunday matches, next up for Paris is Friday night football (20:45 CET), before the international break when Paris travel to promoted-Metz in Week 4 of the Ligue 1 season. Les Rouge et Bleu have won their last three in a row at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, scoring 11 goals in the process...