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PSG scrape victory with late Mbappe penalty

17 October 2021
PSG scrape victory with late Mbappe penalty

Paris Saint Germain\'s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring by penalty kick during a French Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Angers SCO in Paris, France on Friday.


AFP, Paris :
Kylian Mbappe converted a soft late VAR (Video Assistant Referee) penalty award to give a Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) side missing Lionel Messi and Neymar a 2-1 win over Angers in Ligue 1 on Friday.
PSG had to come from behind, with Danilo Pereira heading in the equalizer midway through the second half after Angelo Fulgini had given the away side the lead at the Parc des Princes.
Mbappe then finished emphatically from the spot with three minutes left after Angers defender Pierrick Capelle had been penalised for a handball only seen by the referee following a review of the images.
Beaten at Rennes in their last game before the international break, Mauricio Pochettino's PSG side have now won nine of their 10 Ligue 1 outings this season and are nine points clear of Lens in second.
The victory, which PSG will say was deserved on the overall balance of play, came without their South American stars who were in World Cup qualifying action across the Atlantic less than 24 hours earlier.
Messi, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes all played in Argentina's 1-0 win over Peru in Buenos Aires, while Neymar scored and Marquinhos was an unused substitute as Brazil crushed Uruguay 4-1 in the Amazonian city of Manaus.
"We were without 80 to 90 percent of our players during the international break, but the players who haven't played much put in a great effort and it's a great three points," said Pochettino, who was grateful for the presence of Mbappe.
"We know Kylian is a great player, one of the best in the world, and he shows up when the team needs him."
PSG will hope to have their South American contingent back for their home Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Tuesday, but against Angers a much- changed team nearly paid the price for a lethargic start.
Pochettino made seven changes, with the likes of Colin Dagba and Rafinha getting rare starts, and it was Angers who took the lead nine minutes before half-time.
The visitors, who had lost just once this season prior to this game and sat fourth in the table, broke forward quickly and Sofiane Boufal's superb low ball from the right was turned in at the back post by Fulgini.

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