Paris Saint-Germain continued their climb in the standings and placed seventh after chaining a third consecutive win, this time at Reims by 2-0, this Sunday in the fifth day of Ligue 1.
Argentine Mauro Icardi was the protagonist of the match, with a double (minute 9 and 63), with which he met again with the goal for the first time since February 29, before the stoppage of competitions due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
“For a striker it is important to score goals,” the former Inter Milan striker celebrated on Téléfoot television. “We are very happy to leave here with the victory,” he said.
His first goal was with a cross shot in the area and the second by pushing a death pass at pleasure. In both cases, the assistance was provided by Kylian Mbappé.
PSG, defender of the French title and runner-up in Europe just over a month ago, had started the French league 2020-2021 with two defeats, against Lens and Marseille, but since then it has been able to react and before the triumph of this Sunday had achieved and to beat Metz and Nice in their previous encounters.
With 9 points, the capital’s team is four points behind 13 of the leaders, Rennes, who won 3-0 on Saturday in their visit to Saint-Etienne (4th, 10 points).
In his trip this Sunday to the Champagne region, coach Thomas Tuchel was able to line up in the starting eleven, for the first time this season, his ‘Fantastic Four’ this season, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Ángel Di María and Mauro Icardi .
It may not be like that in the coming weeks, since Di María was suspended four games for spitting on September 13 towards the Spanish Álvaro González (Marseille) during a game. That sanction, issued on Wednesday, will be valid from Tuesday, September 29.
For his part, Neymar reappeared in this game after serving two suspension matches for his expulsions in the final discount of the Clásico lost by PSG to Marseille two weeks ago.
After the game, Tuchel was dissatisfied with his team’s play in the second half.
“I am not happy with the second part. We were not serious enough, nor were we intense and aggressive enough,” said the German coach.
“We did a good first half, with a lot of possession and many chances, but we failed almost all of them,” he said.
Reims, nineteenth with only one point, have still not won this season.
– Monaco wins with suffering –
In the rest of Sunday’s games, Monaco, who lost to Rennes last weekend, suffered to beat Strasbourg 3-2 and score three points that allow them to climb positions in the standings.
The Principality team won with a double from Wissam Ben Yedder (9 and 53) and a goal from Rubén Aguilar (45 + 2).
For Strasbourg (18th) in the standings, Medhi Chahiri (47) and Ludovic Ajorque scored a penalty (70).
After this victory, Monaco rose to fifth position in the table, with 10 points, tied with a Lens (6th) who did not go beyond a 1-1 draw in their visit to Nimes (14th).
The one that has not just started this season is Lyon, who did not go from a draw to a goal in their visit to Lorient (16th), the third in five games played.
Yoane Wissa put the hosts ahead shortly after game time (63) and with a quarter of an hour left Leo Dubois tied for the Lyonnais, who with six points in five games occupy eleventh place in the standings.
In other games played this Sunday, Bordeaux (12th) and Nice (10th) drew without goals, bottom row Dijon (20th) and Montpellier (3rd) also shared the points (2-2) and Angers (8th) defeated 3- 2 to Brest (13th).
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