Paris Saint-Germain had to rely on a Kylian Mbappe penalty in the 87th minute to beat Angers 2-1 at the Parc des Princes on Friday night. Mauricio Pochettinos' side fell behind in the 36th minute as Angelo Fulgini gave Angers a surprise lead, and it wasn't until the 69th minute that Danilo Pereira equalized. Mbappe then converted from the penalty spot three minutes from time to secure the three points for PSG.
An overall disappointing performance for PSG, although it should be noted that they were deprived of six players - Lionel Messi, Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Marquinhos and Keylor Navas due to their late return from CONMEBOL and of CONCACAF. World Cup qualifiers. In Keylor's case, he got injured while in Costa Rica and therefore couldn't have played anyway.
Because Messi and Neymar weren't available, Pochettino decided to try Rafinha Alcántara on the right wing, Mauro Icardi on top and Mbappé on the left wing, but it didn't seem to work. During the first hour, Mbappé was particularly calm. In the absence of Messi and Neymar, Mbappé took a step forward and assumed responsibility. Three minutes after the initial VAR control, Mbappé took the penalty and shot it into the lower right corner, out of reach of Paul Bernardoni.
Pochettino was able to breathe a sigh of relief on the PSG touchline. This result was necessary for PSG, especially after losing to Rennes last time, and they will now look to the week they host RB Leipzig in the Champions League before facing Marseille at Le Classique five days later.
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