Last Updated: February 02, 2023, 07:34 IST
Paris Saint-Germain prolonged their lead on the prime of Ligue 1 with a 3-1 win at Montpellier on Wednesday however their night was overshadowed by an harm to Kylian Mbappe, who had earlier missed a penalty.
The France celebrity had an eighth-minute spot-kick saved by Montpellier’s Benjamin Lecomte after which remarkably noticed his second try turned onto the put up by the goalkeeper after the referee ordered a retake.
Mbappe then limped off with what seemed like a hamstring harm halfway by way of the primary half, elevating the alarm for PSG with the primary leg of their Champions League last-16 tie towards Bayern Munich now lower than two weeks away.
Speaking after the sport, coach Christophe Galtier prompt the harm was right down to a knock quite than a muscle drawback.
“He took a knock to the again of the knee or the again of the thigh, so we’ll see,” stated Galtier.
“I’m not too frightened,” he added. “It’s a bruise or a contusion, we don’t know but.
“With the run of matches we don’t wish to take dangers with a really busy fixture listing, however it doesn’t seem that critical.”
PSG host Bayern in Paris on February 14, with the second leg in Germany on March 8. They are desperate to avoid a repeat of last season when they were knocked out at the same stage of the Champions League by Real Madrid.
After winning just one of their last four league games, Wednesday’s awkward trip for PSG saw them also lose Sergio Ramos to injury and have two goals disallowed before Fabian Ruiz put them ahead 10 minutes into the second half.
Messi on target
Ruiz then set up Lionel Messi to make it 2-0 with a deft finish in the 72nd minute, the Argentine scoring his 14th club goal of the season.
Sixteen-year-old midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery made sure of the win in stoppage time after Arnaud Nordin — a friend of Mbappe’s from their time together at France’s national training academy — had pulled one back.
PSG, who were without the rested Neymar, extended their lead at the top of the table from three to five points after Lens lost 1-0 at home to Nice.
“It was a good performance in general,” Galtier stated.
“There was an unbelievable state of affairs in the primary half with the retaken penalty, we hit the put up, had targets disallowed and two accidents as a result of Sergio Ramos was concerned in a collision and on falling he damage his adductor, however apparently it’s nothing critical.”
The win for PSG came after a frustrating end to the January transfer window on Tuesday as they failed to process the paperwork to complete the loan signing of Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea after the Moroccan winger had passed a medical.
Gaetan Laborde scored the one aim of the sport for Nice as Lens dropped factors at house for the primary time this season after successful all 10 earlier matches there.
Marseille climbed above Lens into second place thanks to a 2-0 victory at Nantes earlier, secured by an own goal from Joao Victor and then a late strike by Azzedine Ounahi, the Moroccan World Cup star making his debut after signing in the January window.
Monaco in fourth beat Auxerre 3-2, while fifth-placed Rennes eased to a 3-0 win against struggling Strasbourg.
On-loan Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun followed up his last-gasp equaliser against PSG at the weekend by netting a hat-trick as Reims came from two goals down to beat Lorient 4-2 and extend their unbeaten run to 15 games.
Bottom side Angers suffered a new French top-flight record 13th consecutive defeat as they conceded in stoppage time to lose 2-1 at home to Ajaccio.
That result leaves them 11 points from safety.
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