Paris (AFP) -Lionel Messi was suspended again in Paris Saint-Germain and was absent from Argentina, so it was Idrissa Gueye who scored when Ligue 1 leader beat Montpellier 2-0 on Saturday.・ It was Gueye and Julian Draxler.
Senegal’s midfielder Guay fired a shot from 20 meters onto the net roof, giving PSG an early lead at the Parc des Princes, and Mauricio Pochettino’s team maintaining a perfect start to the French season. Draxler added in the second half.
They have won eight out of eight games in League One, already 10 points below second-placed Marseille, but second-placed Marseille has two.
But again, it was far from PSG’s completely compelling performance. PSG scored a stoptime goal last week to win 2-1 against Mets, who are struggling with Lyon.
“I don’t know if this was a perfect night, but good evening. 8 games, 8 wins,” Pochettino said.
His side host, Manchester City, is seeking revenge for Pep Guardiola’s team’s defeat in last season’s semifinals in the Champions League on Tuesday.
“The Champions League is a very important goal for this club, so it’s best to win and be prepared to avoid injury,” Pochettino added.
We hope that Messi will be able to play in that match after Messi has been replaced by Lyon after having played two consecutive PSG games due to knee problems.
Since arriving from Barcelona in early August, Messi has played three times in Qatar-owned clubs for a total of 190 minutes.
PSG, wearing a black and gray third kit, wasn’t lacking in attack options, and Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Angel Di Maria were all playing, but couldn’t find the net.
Neymar put a lot of effort into the top of the bar early on, and Mbappe was rejected by Montpellier goalkeeper Jonas Omlin before Di Maria set up Guay for the opener in the 14th minute.
His stunning left foot strike was as much a third goal of the season as the combined number of the last two campaigns.
Ander Herrera’s sliced half-volley came off the bar shortly before half-time, and PSG was surprisingly flat after a break, but had a chance to increase his lead.
The second goal arrived in the 89th minute when Draxler took the place of collecting Neymar’s passes on the first touch and shooting a low shot on the second touch.
– David’s amazing record –
Lyonnais, meanwhile, was held back to a one-on-one draw at home by Lorient after playing most of the match with 10 men after Italian international defender Emerson Palmieri was sent off within the first 15 minutes. ..
Armand Laurienté’s stunning free-kick opened the scoring for Lorient, but Karl Toko Ekambi caught up with the tie five minutes after Lyon’s break. Lyon is already 12 points behind PSG by 12 points.
Lille won every League One match where Canadian star Jonathan David found the net. This is a remarkable record that followed when his brace won a 2-1 victory in Strasbourg.
David started scoring halfway through the Timothy Weah cutback and was penalized 57 minutes after the US international Weah was knocked down into the box.
Ibrahima Sissoko scored a goal for Strasbourg but sent off Adrien Thomasson after finishing the match in Alsace with 10 players.
This is the second straight win for current champion Lille, who will go to Austria to play against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League in the middle of the week.
Born in New York, David scored 13 goals in Lille last season after signing with Belgian club Ghent.
His team won all 11 games they found on the net when they put PSG in the title.
The three previous victories in this campaign were achieved when the 21-year-old player reached his goal.
Nice tentatively climbed to third place after defeating the unwinning Saint-Etienne, who is currently at the bottom of the table, 3-0.
– Soccer Sports
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