PARIS — Lionel Messi was once more sidelined for Paris Saint-Germain and within the Argentine’s absence it was Idrissa Gana Gueye and Julian Draxler who scored because the Ligue 1 leaders beat Montpellier 2-0 on Saturday.
Senegal midfielder Gueye crashed a shot into the roof of the web from 20 metres to provide PSG an early lead on the Parc des Princes and substitute Draxler added a late second as Mauricio Pochettino’s staff maintained their good begin to the French season.
They’ve gained eight matches out of eight in Ligue 1 and are already 10 factors away from second-placed Marseille, who do however have two video games in hand.
Nonetheless this was as soon as once more a removed from fully convincing efficiency from PSG, who within the final week had scored stoppage-time targets to assert respective 2-1 wins towards Lyon and struggling Metz.
“I don’t know if this was an ideal night nevertheless it was a very good night. Eight matches, eight victories,” mentioned Pochettino.
His aspect host Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League on Tuesday searching for revenge for his or her defeat by the hands of Pep Guardiola’s aspect in final season’s semi-finals.
“The Champions League is such an vital goal for this membership that it’s finest to arrange for it by profitable and avoiding any extra accidents,” Pochettino added.
The hope is that Messi will be capable of play in that match after he sat out a second straight sport for PSG with the knee downside that led to him being substituted towards Lyon.
Messi has made simply three appearances for the Qatar-owned membership since arriving from Barcelona in early August, taking part in a complete of 190 minutes.
Not that PSG — sporting their black and gray third equipment — had been quick on attacking choices, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria all taking part in however failing to seek out the web.
Neymar clipped an effort onto the highest of the bar early on and Mbappe was denied by Montpellier goalkeeper Jonas Omlin earlier than Di Maria arrange Gueye for the opener within the 14th minute.
His excellent left-foot strike was already his third objective this season, as many as he managed within the final two campaigns mixed.
Ander Herrera’s sliced half-volley got here off the bar simply earlier than half-time and PSG had been surprisingly flat after the break, though they did have possibilities so as to add to their lead.
The second objective solely arrived within the 89th minute when Draxler, simply on in its place, collected a Neymar move along with his first contact of the sport and fired in a low shot along with his second.
David’s exceptional report
In the meantime Lyon had been held to a 1-1 draw at residence by Lorient after taking part in a lot of the sport with 10 males following the sending-off of Italian worldwide defender Emerson Palmieri inside the primary quarter-hour.
Armand Lauriente’s beautiful free-kick put Lorient forward however Karl Toko-Ekambi equalised 5 minutes after the break for Lyon, who with 12 factors are already 12 factors behind PSG.
Lille have gained each single Ligue 1 sport through which their Canadian star Jonathan David has discovered the web, a exceptional report that continued as his brace secured a 2-1 victory at Strasbourg.
David transformed from a Timothy Weah cutback to open the scoring halfway by means of the primary half and he then netted a penalty within the 57th minute after United States worldwide Weah was introduced down within the field.
Ibrahima Sissoko pulled a objective again for Strasbourg however that they had Adrien Thomasson despatched off as they completed the sport in Alsace with 10 males.
It’s a second straight win for reigning champions Lille, who go to Austria to play Purple Bull Salzburg within the Champions League in midweek.
David, who was born in New York, scored 13 targets for Lille final season after signing from Belgian membership Gent.
His staff gained all 11 matches through which he discovered the web as they pipped PSG to the title.
Their three wins to this point on this marketing campaign have come when the 21-year-old has been on course.
Good moved provisionally as much as third after a 3-0 defeat of winless Saint-Etienne, who at the moment are backside of the desk.
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