Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Mbappe saves PSG from penalty; neymar is sent off

PARIS ( Associated Press) — World Cup superstar Kylian Mbappe scored a stoppage-time penalty and unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain recovered from Neymar’s red card to win 2-1 at home to Strasbourg on Wednesday night.

PSG players celebrated after the final whistle, perhaps relieved after a poor performance against the 19th-placed team. The penalty came in the 93rd minute after Jean-Ricner Bellegarde tried to dribble in midfield instead of clearing.

The ball fell to Mbappe, who was fouled from behind. PSG captain Marquinhos headed the ball home, but referee Clement Turpin disallowed the goal and awarded a penalty.

With his 96th-minute penalty, Mbappe extended his tally to 13 league goals as PSG moved eight points clear of second-placed Lens, who play on Thursday.

Neymar received a second yellow card after 62 minutes for dribbling in the penalty area and was shown a red card. This means he will be suspended for Sunday’s Lens visit.

Embappé made his debut just 10 days after playing in the World Cup final. He became only the second player with a hat-trick in the final, but was left inconsolable after France’s defeat on penalties to Lionel Messi and Argentina. Messi has been given extra time and is expected to return to training with PSG next week.

new talent from monaco

After kick-starting Mbappé’s career, Monaco arguably found another gem in Elyse Ben Seghir.

The 17-year-old midfielder started as a substitute and scored twice – including an Mbappe-style game-winner – as Monaco beat Auxerre 3-2 on his league debut.

Ben Seghir replaced striker Wissam Ben Yedder at the start of the second half to make it 2–1 after 58 minutes.

He later scored a fine 85.

other meetings

Second-half goals from midfielder Angel Gomes and striker Mohamed Bayo helped sixth-placed Lille beat Clermont 2-0.

Former Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette scored 10 goals as eighth-placed Lyon beat Brest 4-2.

Ajaccio climbed out of the relegation places and bottom-line with a 1–0 home win over Angers and Troyes’ 0–0 draw at Nantes.

Thursday

Lens travels to face Nice, which is in mid-table. While third-placed Rennes visits Reims and fourth-placed Marseille face Toulouse.

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