Mbappe scores late winner as PSG bounce back from Bayern defeat with win at Brest

[12-03-2023 09:44 AM]

Ammon News - Kylian Mbappe scored a last-minute winner for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday night as the French giants bounced back from their Champions League exit to Bayern Munich with a 2-1 at Brest in Ligue 1.

PSG have been left with just the league title to play for in the remaining months of the season after the Qatar-owned club were knocked out of Europe's elite club competition in the last 16 with a 3-0 aggregate defeat.

They took the lead on their trip to Brittany in the 37th minute when Carlos Soler followed in to score after Mbappe's shot had been parried by Brest goalkeeper Marco Bizot.

Yet the home side, battling to avoid relegation, drew level before half-time through Franck Honorat and it looked like they would hold on for a precious point in their fight to avoid relegation. But then Mbappe, who had just been booked for kicking Brest midfielder Haris Belkebla, was sent through on goal by Lionel Messi and rounded Bizot to score.

Despite an unconvincing performance, the result allows PSG to extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points over nearest challengers Marseille, who face Strasbourg on Sunday.

"People can say it is a little victory but it is a victory. Not everything was perfect but we had lots of chances and we shouldn't let the fact we needed a last-minute winner hide that," PSG coach Christophe Galtier told broadcaster Canal Plus.

"To come here and win three days after our disappointment against Bayern was very important. We are in a fight for the title. The context is obviously not favourable but winning was the main thing."

PSG, who are chasing what would be a French record 11th league title and a ninth in the Qatar era, were missing a host of players at the Stade Francis-Le Ble, including Brazilian forward Neymar, who is recovering after undergoing an operation on damaged ankle ligaments and is not expected to play again this season.

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