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Nantes v PSG Live Commentary, 03/09/2022

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NAN
PSG
K. Mbappé (18)
K. Mbappé (54)
Nuno Mendes (68)
Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
That win lifts PSG back to the top of the table, above Marseille on goal difference. Next up for them is Juventus in the Champions League. Nantes stay in 10th, but their attention now turns to the Europa League when they host Olympiacos.
PSG cruise to a 3-0 win over 10-man Nantes. Mbappe opened the scoring in the first half, curling a shot into the top corner after a quick break. Just five minutes later, Fabio was sent off after catching Vitinha with a high boot. Mbappe's second, a tap-in from close range, was initially disallowed for offside, but VAR overturned the onfield decision. Mendes then came off the bench to round off the scoring, firing past Lafont after Neymar hit the post.
90' + 2' FULL-TIME: NANTES 0-3 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN.
90' + 1' Into two minutes of stoppage time here, and Nantes are looking for a late consolation. Appiah has a go from just outside the box and it starts to curl towards goal before swerving well wide of the far post.
89' PSG take the corner short and Sanches sees a shot blocked on the edge of the box. Mendes tries to recycle it, but his clipped cross is cleared by Pallois and Nantes break forward again.
87' Nantes have a rare chance to get out of their own half, with Appiah carrying it forward down the left. The hosts are in no hurry to push upfield though, they just want to keep possession to give themselves a breather.
M. Achi
L. Blas
Nantes
85' Final change for Nantes now as Blas goes off to be replaced by Achi.
84' SAVE! PSG patiently pass it around on the edge of Nantes' box as they try to open a pocket of space. Neymar eventually touches it through to Messi, who tries to slip it through Lafont's legs, but the keeper holds it.
82' Hakimi has space to run down the right again and he curls an early cross into the box. It's too short for Neymar, who peeled away to the far post, and Girotto cuts it out.
M. Coco
Mostafa Mohamed
Nantes
80' And Coco comes on to replace Mohamed.
L. Doucet
S. Moutoussamy
Nantes
79' Nantes are making another double change here. Moutoussamy is taken off first, with Doucet on in his place.
78' Mendes pulls it back from the byline and Messi hits a volley towards goal first time. Girotto blocks it and there are half-hearted shouts from PSG for a penalty, but his arm was down by his side.
76' Neymar cuts open Nantes' midfield with a wonderful throughball to Messi, but he takes a heavy first touch on the edge of the D. Moutoussamy tracks back and slides in to stop him from getting in on goal.
74' PSG win a free-kick just outside the D through the middle and Messi is standing over it. He curls the shot over the wall, and he's looking for the top right corner, but it sails just over the bar.
72' Nantes are dropping even deeper into their own half now as PSG continue to keep possession. It's switched out to Hakimi on the right, but he can't get past Appiah.
H. Ekitike
Pablo Sarabia
PSG
71' Final change for PSG now, and it's Sarabia that's going off for Ekitike.
Sergio Ramos
Yellow Card
PSG
69' Ramos was stretching to keep hold of the ball and he catches Ganago, who got in front of the defender. Ramos protests his innocence but is shown a yellow card.
Nuno Mendes
Goal
PSG
68' MENDES SCORES! Hakimi's low cross is just behind Sanches, but it runs through to Neymar at the far post and he smacks his first-time effort off the woodwork. It rebounds back to Mendes, who curls his shot over Lafont and into the far top corner. 3-0 PSG!
I. Ganago
E. Guessand
Nantes
66' And Ganago comes on to replace Guessand.
S. Corchia
J. Castelletto
Nantes
66' Nantes are making a double change of their own now. Castelletto is the first to go off, with Corchia on in his place.
65' Nantes are struggling to get a touch on the ball at the moment, as PSG keep them penned back in their own half. They're patiently working it from side to side in an attempt to open the hosts up.
Neymar
K. Mbappé
PSG
63' And Mbappe won't have the chance to go for a hat-trick as Neymar comes on in his place.
Sergio Ramos
M. Verratti
PSG
62' PSG are making a double change here and it's the players on bookings that are going off. Verratti is replaced by Ramos.
62' BLOCK! Sarabia feeds it through to Mbappe, who takes it around Lafont and it looks like he's going to get his hat-trick goal. He hits a low shot across goal, but Pallois makes a vital block.
60' Sanches darts forward down the left and picks out Mbappe in the box. He has his back to goal, so he pulls it back for Verratti, who tries to pick out Sarabia instead of taking on the shot, and it's blocked by Girotto.
K. Mbappé
Yellow Card
PSG
57' Mbappe shrugged off Girotto, catching him in the face before skipping over a challenge from Pallois. He squares up the defender before the referee gives him a yellow card.
56' It took VAR a long time to come to the decision that Mbappe was onside, and it was by the tightest of margins due to Appiah on the far side.
L. Messi
Assist
PSG
54' Without the interception from Pallois, Messi would've had a tap-in, but he kept his cool to turn into space and square it to the edge of the six-yard box for Mbappe.
K. Mbappé
Goal
PSG
54' MBAPPE SCORES! Mbappe breaks quickly through the middle again, but this time, he unselfishly lays it off to Messi. A block from Pallois forces him wide, but he squares it back to Mbappe, who finishes the move. The offside flag goes up against him for earlier in the move, but a VAR check shows he was just onside. 2-0 PSG!
52' PSG are unbeaten in their last 31 Ligue 1 matches when leading at half-time (W29 D2), dating back to March 2021 when they lost 2-1 to Nantes.
M. Verratti
Yellow Card
PSG
50' Verratti kicked the back of Guessand's leg and swung his trailing leg at him as well. The winger didn't go down, but the referee pulled it back and booked Verratti for his intent.
48' SAVE! Nantes are keeping the ball well in the opening minutes of the second half and they switch it well from left to right. Blas cuts inside, leaving Mendes on the floor, but curls his shot straight into Donnarumma's gloves.
46' Nantes get us back underway for the second half!
Nuno Mendes
Juan Bernat
PSG
46' PSG are making their second change at the break. Bernat, who is on a yellow card, is taken off and replaced by Mendes.
Despite dominating for most of the first half, PSG have lacked a cutting edge in the final third, which Galtier will want to see improve, especially with their man advantage. Nantes may also be missing a clinical finish, but they haven't looked too stretched since going down to 10 men, and they did cause PSG a few problems on the counter.
Mbappe's goal gives PSG a 1-0 half-time lead over 10-man Nantes. PSG dominated the early chances and came close through Pereira, who was denied by a good save from Lafont. Mbappe then put them ahead with a wonderful curling finish after a quick break. Fabio was then shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Vitinha. Nantes did create some good chances but didn't manage a shot on target.
45' + 5' HALF-TIME: NANTES 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN.
45' + 4' CHANCE! Messi's clipped cross reaches Hakimi, and he volleys it back into the middle for Mbappe. He goes for the spectacular with an overhead kick, but it's blocked in front of the keeper by Catelletto.
Juan Bernat
Yellow Card
PSG
45' + 2' Blas knocks it past Bernat, who is late as he steps across the forward and stands on his foot. He's shown a yellow card.
45' All of Nantes' good work is coming from their left side as Guessand clips another good cross into the box. He's looking for Mohamed in the middle, but can only pick out Marquinhos.
43' BLOCK! Sanches touches it out to Mbappe, who has acres of space down the left again. He tries to get Messi in behind at the near post, but Girotto slides in with a brilliant tackle to stop it from reaching him.
41' It's a lovely throughball from Blas between two PSG defenders to pick out Mohamed. He takes too long to decide whether to cross or shoot and Kimpembe gets back to knock it out for a corner.
39' Nantes are dropping deeper and the majority of their players are sitting back on the edge of their own box. Messi slides it through to Sarabia this time, but he's nudged off it by Pallois.
37' PSG work it well down their left before Mbappe tries to play a one-two with Messi. There's too much on the return pass though and it rolls straight into the keeper's gloves.
35' Nantes are enjoying a good spell of possession here, but it's all in front of PSG. They patiently work it out from the back, but Appiah can't pick out Mohamed with his cross.
Renato Sanches
Vitinha
PSG
33' The stop in play for Pallois' foul means that PSG can finally bring Sanches on to replace the injured Vitinha.
N. Pallois
Yellow Card
Nantes
33' Pallois clatters into Sarabia in an attempt to stop his run down the right and he's shown the first yellow card of the game.
32' Both teams are playing with 10 men at the moment, as Sanches wasn't quite ready to come on after Vitinha's treatment. PSG are on the attack again, but Mbappe's cross is too close to Lafont.
30' Nantes are still pushing to find an equaliser and Appiah lifts a lovely ball over the top for Guessand to chase. He plays his cross behind Mohamed and Marquinhos just beats Chirivella to it on the edge of the box.
28' Vitinha doesn't need the stretcher and he makes his own way off the pitch after receiving treatment. Sanches stripped to come on, and it looks like Vitinha's game is over.
26' Vitinha received treatment straight after the challenge from Fabio, but he's gone down again holding his knee. The medical team come back on to see to him, with a stretcher following them onto the pitch.
Fábio
Red Card
Nantes
24' FABIO IS SENT OFF! The ball bounces away from Vitinha and Fabio has his foot high to try and block the pass. He ends up catching the Portuguese midfielder on his knee with his studs and the referee shows him a straight red card. Fabio is trying to claim he touched the ball, but he got nowhere near it. Nantes are down to 10 men!
22' Appiah skips away from Hakimi down the left again, and he has three to aim for in the middle. He overhits the cross though and it harmlessly flies straight out of play.
20' CHANCE! PSG are on the attack again, with Hakimi curling a wonderful low cross into the far post. Messi is off balance as he tries to touch it back into the middle for the unmarked Mbappe, which allows Lafont to collect it.
L. Messi
Assist
PSG
18' Messi darts through the middle and has options on either side. He spots Mbappe in more space and puts it on a plate for him.
K. Mbappé
Goal
PSG
18' MBAPPE SCORES! Castelletto loses the ball in PSG's half and Messi has space to run into as he breaks through the middle. He plays it left to Mbappe, who has time in the box to take a touch before curling a brilliant strike over Lafont and into the far top corner. 1-0 PSG!
17' Appiah finds himself with space to run into again, but he swings an early cross into the far post this time. Mohamed nods it down for Blas, who hits the shot first time, but it flies over the bar.
15' CLOSE! The resulting corner is curled in and Pereira rises highest to nod it back towards the near side. Marquinhos lets it drop before fizzing a shot towards the far bottom corner, but it's just wide.
14' GREAT SAVE! Messi slots it through to Mbappe, who jinks past Castelletto before whipping it into the middle. Pereira hits the shot first time and Lafont stretches to push it away.
12' CHANCE! Sarabia tries to break on the counter, but he's shrugged off the ball by Pallois. He goes long to Blas, who spins away from Pereira to curl a cross in and Mohamed can only lift it over the bar.
10' CLOSE! Lafont goes long with his clearance and Mohamed does brilliantly to hold it up with Marquinhos against his back. He touches it back to Moutoussamy on the edge of the box and his shot sails just over the bar.
8' Messi is waiting to take a corner for PSG, but the game has to be paused after some fans throw something onto the side of the pitch. The referee deals with it, but then has to wait for the announcement to be made.
6' PSG are enjoying their first real spell of possession here and Mbappe manages to touch it through to Messi before he's bowled over. The Argentine spins before getting an early shot away, but it's deflected high and wide off Girotto.
4' Pereira keeps the ball in play, but it benefits Nantes, who are played in again by Appiah. Blas tries to lift it over the top for Mohamed, but Marquinhos blocks it.
2' Mbappe takes a loose touch which allows Nantes to break forward on the counter. It's switched out to Fabio on the left, who threads it through for Guessand, but Hakimi shepherds it out of play.
1' Messi gets the game underway for PSG!
The teams are out on the pitch, with kick-off just moments away!
Nantes have won two of their three matches against PSG in Ligue 1 since Kombouare took over. Prior to that, they'd won just one of their 15 encounters with PSG since their return to the top-flight, losing the other 14 games.
Christophe Galtier makes four changes from the win over Toulouse last time out. Kimpembe and Sarabia are both deemed fit enough to start, with Hakimi and Bernat also coming into the side. Ramos, Mukiele, Mendes and Neymar all start on the bench, as does new signing Soler.
Antoine Kombouare makes just two changes to his side after the draw with Strasbourg in midweek. He switches to a back five, with Fabio coming in at right wing-back, while Chirivella is also brought in. Corchia and Bamba both drop to the bench.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN SUBS: Renato Sanches, Nordi Mukiele, Carlos Soler, Sergio Ramos, Nuno Mendes, Hugo Ekitike, Keylor Navas, WArren Zaire Emery, Neymar.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN STARTING XI (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Juan Bernat; Danilo Pereira, Marco Verratti, Vitinha; Pablo Sarabia, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe.
NANTES SUBS: Marcus Coco, Remy Descamps, Ignatius Ganago, Abdoul Kader Bamba, Denis Petric, Lohann Doucet, Mohamed Achi, Sebastien Corchia, Michel Diaz.
NANTES STARTING XI (5-3-2): Alban Lafont; Dennis Appiah, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Andrei Girotto, Nicolas Pallois, Fabio; Samuel Moutoussamy, Pedro Chirivella, Ludovic Blas; Evann Guessand, Mostafa Mohamed.
PSG are unbeaten in their six games in all competitions so far this season (W5 D1) and started their campaign with a 4-0 win over Nantes in the Trophee des Champions at the end of July. They got back to winning ways in midweek over Toulouse after drawing with Monaco last time out. Nantes have lost just one of their five Ligue 1 matches this season (W1 D3) and snatched a late draw with Strasbourg on Wednesday to avoid another defeat.
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