Mbappe strikes as PSG beat 10-man Metz

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Sep 2017 08:50:46


 

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Kylian Mbappe scored a superb goal on his debut for Paris St Germain and Edinson Cavani netted twice as the Ligue 1 leaders stretched their perfect start to five wins with a 5-1 rout of 10-man Metz in an entertaining clash on Friday.


Having moved to PSG from champions Monaco on Aug 31 in a loan deal with the option of making it permanent at the end of the season for a reported fee of 180 million euros (164.12 million pounds) , the 18-year old prodigy made an instant impact.


Mbappe scored PSG’s second with a ferocious low strike from the edge of the penalty area after the home side had left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto harshly sent off early in the second half for a challenge on the French teenage sensation.


Having switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation to accommodate Mbappe alongside Neymar and Julian Draxler behind lone striker Cavani, PSG’s star-studded attack looked crowded more often than free-flowing in the opening 30 minutes.
Playing in a deeper role than he was accustomed to at Monaco, Mbappe looked somewhat subdued as Draxler missed a sitter and Cavani hit the post for the visitors. However, Cavani showed his lethal touch in the 31st minute.


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when he rounded Metz keeper Eiji Kawashima and fired PSG ahead with a clinical finish after he was put through by Neymar.
The home side equalised out of the blue with their first meaningful move in the 37th minute as Emmanuel Riviere headed home from three metres after a pinpoint cross from the right by Mathieu Dossevi.