PSG vs Monaco score: Kylian Mbappe scores a brace as Paris Saint-Germain wins again in Ligue 1
PARIS – Kylian Mbappe reached 100 Ligue 1 goals for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday with a brace in a 2-0 win over training club AS Monaco at Parc des Princes. The victory gives Mauricio Pochettino’s men a provisional 13-point lead over their fierce rivals Olympique de Marseille, who now find themselves second in the Championship after a 2-0 away victory at RC Strasbourg Alsace.
It took only 12 minutes for Mbappe to open the scoring in the French capital, with the hosts being awarded a penalty via VAR after an awkward challenge from Djibril Sidibe. Mbappe, 22, was a cold convert.
At the stroke of half-time, it was two for PSG as Lionel Messi fed the French international, giving Mbappe time to choose his arrival before clinically sending him on a night when the seventh Ballon d’Or of the Argentinian was further celebrated with a special gold number and characters.
“We made a difference in the first half,” said MbappÃ© after the match. “We played three times this week. There was a lot of intensity in the first half and we killed the game. It’s also true that we could have done more. It was up to them to come after us The second half was slower, but most importantly we won. I love to play. I still love being on the pitch and playing every game. It’s always a pleasure to play and to play. help the team, I hope to continue in the remaining matches before the end of the year.
“I had an amazing time with Monaco,” added Mbappe when reminded that he had scored 10 goals in 10 appearances against Monaco. “I grew up there and I have great memories. Now, however, the page has been turned and I play for PSG, I give everything for the club.”
While Mbappe was excellent, PSG became painfully pedestrian again and even the presence of Marco Verratti in the midfield didn’t make the home side more fluid. In fact, the Italy international has appeared in a bad mood on a rare occasion when he was eclipsed in the battle for midfield supremacy by the excellent AurÃ©lien Tchouameni.
In another blow to PSG, Juan Bernat suffered a non-contact injury that could jeopardize his involvement for the remainder of 2021 after he has just started to regain form after a long injury absence. The French giants are comfortable atop the Ligue 1 for now and have the Coupe de France coming up this week against the Minnows Entente Feignies Aulnoye at Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes FC.
The next big test for Pochettino and his players will be Olympique Lyonnais away when they return from the Championship in early 2022, but Peter Bosz’s men are not themselves in impressive form with the Dutchman not being not sure to stay in control as sporting director Juninho Pernambucano leaves.