(EFE) .- A goal in the last action of the match by Argentine Mauro Icardi and a double by Kylian Mbappé provided the agonizing victory against Saint Etienne of Paris Saint Germain (3-2) that is close to the leadership of Ligue 1 that still holds the Lille.
Icardi led a desperate cross into the header net that frustrated the greens, who minutes before, also in added time, managed to tie a clash with a crazy ending through Romain Hamouma.
The Argentine forward and the French star resolved the ballot to the champion who showed his grayer face, plagued by inaccuracies and conditioned by the effort of last Tuesday in the Champions League.
It was enough with the Parisian striker who raised his scoring account to twenty-three. He is the best gunner in the competition. He tied with a great goal and resolved by transforming a penalty that he caused.
It was a Paris Saint Germain of circumstances. Mauricio Pochettino could not count on Neymar or Argentine Leandro Paredes, suspended, or Keylor Navas due to illness, or Marquinhos, injured. In addition, the Argentine coach gave rest to Ángel Di María, Julian Draxler, Mauro Icardi or Marco Verratti, who started on the bench.
Thus, the Parisian eleven, full of news, had Sergio Rico in goal, Thilo Kehrer in the center of defense and the Spanish Pablo Sarabia Ander and Herrera as well as Rafinha Alcántara, who also started.
It was all a consequence of the attrition last Tuesday, against Bayern Munich, which provided the French champions with qualification for the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Pochettino’s picture was thick with Kylian Mbappe as the main threat to Saint Etienne, a team on the rise without the pressure of weeks ago, when they were threatened by relegation.
Now, with two wins in a row and further from the bottom, Claude Puel’s side has less pressure and it shows in his game.
After the hour of play Mauricio Pochettino shook the bench. Di María, Verratti and Icardi took to the pitch for Sarabia, Rafinha and Moise Kean.
It was from there that the party became agitated. Although Saint Etienne took advantage a quarter of an hour from the end with Denis Bouanga’s goal from the Peruvian Miguel Trauco from the left.
The Paris Saint Germain responded immediately. A pass into the box from Ander Herrera was masterfully controlled by Mbappe who beat goalkeeper Etienne Green on his way out.
Paris Saint Germain appeared to have the triumph in 87 when Mbappe converted a penalty previously provoked by being run over by Green.
But in added time, local goalkeeper Sergio Rico left Hamouma’s feet with the rebound of a shot from Bouanga. He only had to push the ball to score and establish the tie.
The champion shot epic. Desperately. A center to the Di María area was headed by Icardi, who gave him the victory.
Paris Saint Germain capitalized on the setback on Friday of Lille, leader, but now with only one point of income compared to Pochettino’s team.