Mbappe Shines as PSG Extend Lead Despite Strasbourg Scare

Mbappe Shines as PSG Extend Lead Despite Strasbourg Scare

Paris Saint-Germain tightened their grip on the Ligue 1 title race with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Patrick Vieira’s Strasbourg on Friday night. The win takes their points tally to 47 from 20 games, with closest challengers Nice facing a tough task against Brest tomorrow.

Strasbourg started the game brightly, testing Gianluigi Donnarumma early on. They even managed to silence Kylian Mbappe, with 22-year-old debutant goalkeeper Alaa Bellaarouch saving the superstar’s penalty in the fifth minute. However, Mbappe soon found his rhythm, equalizing after a panicked clearance from Bellaarouch and later turning provider for Marco Asensio’s goal early in the second half.

Despite going down by two goals, a youthful Strasbourg side refused to give up. They pulled one back through Dilane Bakwa’s composed finish, sending shivers down the spines of the PSG faithful. Bakwa almost snatched an equalizer later in the game, but his shot sailed over the bar, much to the relief of PSG coach Luis Enrique.

Although Strasbourg pushed hard for an equalizer, PSG managed to hold on for the win, avoiding a repeat of their recent home draw against Brest where they let slip a two-goal lead. The victory solidifies their position at the top of the table, with Nice needing a minor miracle to close the gap.

While PSG ultimately emerged victorious, Strasbourg can take heart from their spirited performance. They remain comfortably mid-table with 25 points from 20 games, showcasing their potential under the guidance of Patrick Vieira.

This match served as a reminder that despite PSG’s dominance, Ligue 1 remains a competitive league. Every team, even those in the lower half of the table, can pose a threat on their day. As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see if any team can consistently challenge PSG’s supremacy.