(EFE) – Forward Kylian Mbappé led Paris Saint-Germain to the top of Ligue 1, which this Saturday won in Metz (3-1) on the thirty-fourth day of the competition, four days before receiving Manchester City in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
The condition of leader of Mauricio Pochettino’s team is at the expense of Lille, who visit Lyon on Sunday, fourth in the table and also a contender for the title. PSG provisionally leads him in two points.
Mbappé was shown again at the Saint Symphorien Municipal Stadium against a rival who now falls to the middle of the table and who added his seventh game without winning.
Pochettino did not make excessive reservations for the Champions League. It featured Keylor Navas, Mbappé and Neymar. He only left Ángel Di María and Mauro Icardi on the bench, who played the final stretch, and the German Julian Draxler and the Italian Moise Kean.
After five minutes, PSG already unbalanced the game with a goal from Mbappé, the home brand. He took advantage of a long pass from Ander Herrera to launch a run from the center circle and unleashed a shot from the crescent that passed Alexandre Oukidja.
The visiting team failed to extend their lead and Frederic Antonetti’s Metz drew level at the start of the second half through Fabien Centonze on a pass from Algerian Farid Boulaya.
But at the time of the game Mbappé returned to overtake his team. He received the ball on the edge of the area and his shot, which bounced off a defender, reached the net.
Pochettino brought in Ángel Di María for Pablo Sarabia and Mitchel Bakker for Layvin Kurzawa who played the last half hour. In the absence of nine minutes, Neymar left to be replaced by Mauro Icardi.
And with a minute from the end, Paris Saint Germain secured the victory when Dylan Bronn knocked down Mauro Icardi inside the area. The Argentine striker finished from eleven meters, beat the goalkeeper and secured the victory.