Kylian Mbappe starred again as Paris Saint-Germain continued their winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Stade Brest on Friday.
Paris Saint-Germain continued their excellent start to the campaign after securing a resounding 4-2 win over Brest on Friday night. The three points propel them to the top of the Ligue 1 table, although there are still two clubs that can overtake them on Saturday.
It was a dominant performance from Les Parisien, especially in the first half as they controlled possession, created chances and were imposing both on and off the ball. An early 23rd-minute goal from Ander Herrera certainly helped them dictate the match before Kylian Mbappe doubled the lead in the 36th minute.
Brest, though, kept on fighting, even pulling one goal back through Franck Honorat in the 42nd minute. The goal set the tempo for the second half, even though it was still PSG who dominated the proceedings. They were finding it much harder to break down the opposition backline.
At the end, their breakthrough came in the 73rd minute, with Idrissa Gueye restoring the two-goal cushion. But the game took another interesting turn when Steve Mounie scored again for the hosts, thus propelling hopes of a late comeback.
Unfortunately for Brest, that happened, with the hosts instead conceding a late goal through Angel Di Maria, helping the opposition seal all three points. And here, at The Hard Tackle, we will rank PSG’s players in this crucial victory over Stade Brest in Brittany this Friday.
Keylor Navas: 6.5/10
Keylor Navas could have done a bit better to keep out Honorat’s strike for Brest’s first goal of the night. However, the former Real Madrid shot-stopper made amends by making a few good saves in the second half, including the one to deny Pierre-Gabriel from close range. His decisive punched clearance also paved the way for his team to launch the counter-attack for the final goal.
Achraf Hakimi: 8/10
It was yet another solid performance from Achraf Hakimi. He was a constant threat down the right hand side, often giving PSG attackers an extra man in the final third. The right-back wasn’t as influential as he was in the Troyes game, but he still managed to register an assist by producing a smart flicked pass for Di Maria in the final minute.