first_imgKylian Mbappe marked his return from injury by teeing up Neymar for the only goal of the game as Paris Saint-Germain got back to winning ways in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 triumph at Bordeaux.Mbappe had not featured since August 25 because of a muscle problem but came off the bench in the second half to make a telling impact for the defending champions.The France forward was introduced on the hour mark and 10 minutes later he laid on a close-range winner for Neymar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Victory for Thomas Tuchel’s men sees them go two points clear at the top of the table, though surprise package Angers can go back level with them at the summit by beating Amiens.30 – Kylian Mbappé against Bordeaux (30 minutes):5 shots (3 on target)13 touches in the opposite boxBordeaux against Paris (90 minutes):4 shots (1 on target)7 touches in the opposite boxSwitch. #FCGBPSG pic.twitter.com/P55jnRUeZO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) September 28, 2019Pablo Sarabia saw a goal ruled out for offside in the ninth minute, and a frustrating first half for the visitors – beaten at home by Reims in midweek – featured a booking for coach Tuchel after he expressed his disdain at a free-kick given to Bordeaux.His side dominated throughout and Thomas Meunier dragged an effort wide before Angel Di Maria and Neymar were each denied by Benoit Costil in quick succession.Neymar then headed wide after more good work down the right from Meunier, with PSG’s profligacy forcing Tuchel’s hand as Mbappe was summoned to join the action. He wasted an early opportunity too, shooting straight at Costil, before Neymar sent another header off target at the far post with the goal at his mercy.Yet PSG’s persistence was finally rewarded when Pablo carelessly lost the ball in his own half and Mbappe broke free down the right, firing a low cross in for Neymar to tuck into the bottom-left corner.Mbappe’s cameo was arguably worthy of a goal but Costil kept his team in it with another fine save after a break from the World Cup winner, who blasted over the bar shortly after on a day when PSG should have won by a much more convincing margin.There was controversy late on, though, as Bordeaux had an appeal for a penalty rejected by VAR despite Idrissa Gueye appearing to make contact with Loris Benito, but a point for the hosts would have been scarcely deserved.What does it mean? PSG back on trackTravelling to a side fifth in the league on the back of being undone by Reims could have been a tough test for PSG, but they negotiated it with ease and the manner of the victory would have been far more emphatic on another day.Mbappe makes his markIn just 30-odd minutes on the pitch, Mbappe had more shots, more shots on target and more touches in the opposition box than Bordeaux did in the entire game. He was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet, while the presence of Mauro Icardi on the bench for a team still missing Edinson Cavani is a daunting demonstration of PSG’s depth up front.Pablo pays the priceBordeaux lived dangerously for the entirety of the contest and they were eventually punished as Brazilian defender Pablo committed the kind of mistake opponents can ill-afford to make against PSG.Key Opta facts- Bordeaux have won only one of their last 17 Ligue 1 games against PSG (D6 L10), their solitary success in that run coming in March 2015 (3-2).- PSG have scored at least one goal in each of their last 14 games against Bordeaux in Ligue 1 (29 goals) – they last failed to do so in August 2012 (0-0).- Neymar has found the net in five of his last six games in Ligue 1 (5 goals) after failing to do so in his previous two. He has scored four goals against Bordeaux in the top flight.- Kylian Mbappe has delivered two assists in his last four games in Ligue 1, as many as he managed in his previous 15.- PSG have not conceded a goal in Ligue 1 when Idrissa Gueye has been in their team (five games, five victories, five clean sheets). What’s next?PSG, having started their European campaign by brushing aside Real Madrid, travel to Istanbul to face Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday. They then host high-flying Angers next Saturday, when Bordeaux visit Toulouse in the Derby de la Garonne. read morelast_img

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