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PSG v Nantes Live Commentary, 20/11/2021

3 - 1
K. Mbappé (2)
D. Appiah (81 og)
L. Messi (87)
R. Kolo Muani (76)
Parc des Princes


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PSG face a huge contest in the Champions League in their next outing against Manchester City on the road on Wednesday. Nantes have a week to recover from their defeat before they travel to Lille.
PSG avert a potential disappointment to defeat Nantes 3-1 despite being reduced to 10 men in their Ligue 1 clash. Kylian Mbappe put the home side ahead when he deflected Leandro Paredes' effort past Alban Lafont. However, PSG were frustrated in their bid to double their advantage as Lionel Messi was wasteful in front of goal. Those misses looked to be costly when Keylor Navas was sent off for a cynical challenge on Ludovic Blas before Randal Kolo Muani equalised with a backheel. Fortune smiled on Mauricio Pochettino's men when Dennis Appiah's attempted clearance from Messi's throughball looped over Lafont into the net. Messi then ended his Ligue 1 goalscoring drought with a crisp finish to secure the three points.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: PSG 3-1 NANTES
90' + 3' Danilo rises from the resulting corner from Mbappe, but his header drifts just wide of the right post.
90' + 2' Messi searches for a second goal as he pounces on a loose ball in the Nantes box, but his effort is charged down by Girotto.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
Danilo Pereira
L. Paredes
89' Paredes is withdrawn for the closing stages and is replaced by Danilo.
K. Mbappé
87' Mbappe rolls the ball to Messi in space to allow the Argentine to bury his left-footed strike from 20 yards.
L. Messi
87' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MESSI ENDS HIS LIGUE 1 DROUGHT!!!!! 3-1 PSG!!!!!! The Argentine finally gets off the mark in Ligue 1 with a trademark left-footed curler. Mbappe plays him into space in the final third and he surges to the edge of the box before cutting inside to shoot. Messi bends his strike away from Lafont into the bottom-left corner.
85' OVER! Messi stands over the free-kick from 30 yards, but he strikes his effort comfortably over the bar.
84' Kolo Muani brings down Messi in the final third, handing PSG a great chance to threaten from the resulting free-kick.
L. Blas
Yellow Card
83' Blas catches Wijnaldum as he tries to connect with a loose ball in the PSG box, striking the midfielder rather than the ball.
83' CHANCE! Bukari surges down the right flank and lifts a dangerous cross into the box. It falls to Kolo Muani to strike, but he scuffs his effort before Blas fouls Wijnaldum.
D. Appiah
Own Goal
81' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! WHAT A NIGHTMARE FOR NANTES AND APPIAH!!!!! 2-1 PSG!!!!!! The home side earn a huge slice of luck as Appiah's attempt to cut out Messi's throughball results in an own goal. Messi tries to thread the needle for Bernat, but Appiah slides in to make the interception. However, the ball explodes off his boot and loops over Lafont into the top-right corner. It is so unlucky for Nantes and the full-back.
79' PSG are in a bind now. They've paid the price for their lack of clinical edge and are staring down the barrel of dropped points at home.
W. Cyprien
S. Moutoussamy
77' Cyprien come on to the field to replace Moutoussamy in the Nantes midfield.
W. Geubbels
M. Coco
77' Geubbels replaces Coco in the final third for the visitors.
R. Kolo Muani
76' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! WHAT A FINISH FROM KOLO MUANI !!!! NANTES ARE LEVEL!!!! 1-1!!!! The visitors take their opportunity to level the scores as Kolo Muani finishes with a sublime backheel. Merlin lifts a dangerous cross into the box that the forward attacks, but his header is saved by Rico. However, Kolo Muani reacts and scores with a backheel from six yards. The ball crosses the line before the PSG keeper can keep it out.
G. Wijnaldum
M. Verratti
75' Pochettino realises that his side cannot afford to go down to nine men. Verratti is withdrawn because of his caution and is replaced by Wijnaldum.
73' Nantes have a huge opportunity to earn a share of the spoils here if not better. The visitors have to take their chances when they come in the final third.
72' Navas' dismissal was his first in Ligue 1 since his move to PSG in 2019.
M. Verratti
Yellow Card
71' Verratti wipes out Coco on the charge and goes into the book.
70' SAVE! Rico makes a fine save to deny Blas from close range. Merlin steers a dangerous low cross into the box that reaches Blas 12 yards out. He guides a left-footed strike towards goal that Rico stops before Bernat clears away the rebound.
69' Merlin curls the resulting free-kick into the box for the visitors, but Castelletto is caught offside. Paredes cleared the set-piece anyway.
Sergio Rico
68' Neymar is sacrificed by Pochettino and he does not look impressed. Rico replaces the forward to fill the void between the posts.
66' There has been a debate regarding the starting PSG keeper's spot between Navas and Donnarumma. This may resolve the issue, although the Italian is not on the bench. Rico is on hand to replace Navas, but the question is who will be withdrawn.
K. Navas
Red Card
65' OFF! PSG ARE DOWN TO 10 MEN! Navas is dismissed for the home side as he brings down Blas, who is through on goal. The Nantes forward gets the wrong side of Kehrer in pursuit of a long ball and is then wiped out by the PSG keeper. The referee brandishes the red card. This changes the complexion of the contest.
64' Messi is struggling to make an impact today. He tries to force a throughball to Hakimi, but the full-back cannot reach it before it heads out for a goal-kick.
62' SAVE! Blas is afforded space and time in the final third to line up a strike at goal by the PSG defence. He drills a left-footed effort at goal, but Navas gets down to make a solid stop.
61' Kolo Muani delivers a dangerous cross in from the left flank for the visitors that evades everyone in the middle. Bukari gathers on the right flank, only to hammer an effort into the side-netting.
60' Mbappe dazzles his way past Appiah in the box and has time to pull the trigger. However, he goes for the offload to Neymar that is cut out by Girotto.
Q. Merlin
58' Fabio is withdrawn in the Nantes defence for Merlin.
O. Bukari
K. Coulibaly
58' Bukari replaces Coulibaly in the final third for the visitors.
56' Messi and Neymar attempt to combine with a one-two. The Brazilian sees his progress halted on the edge of the box before Messi sends a tame effort through to Lafont.
54' CHANCE! Kolo Muani is played into acres of space in the left-inside channel by Blas. However, he takes a poor first touch and allows Kehrer to slide in and block his strike at goal.
53' CLOSE! Coco takes possession in the right-inside channel and drills a low strike towards goal. It appears to be heading wide, but Coulibaly gambles at the back post and just misses it on the slide.
50' Coulibaly rises highest in the box to guide a header at goal from Coco's cross, but he can only send a tame attempt straight at Navas.
47' Nantes win a free-kick in the final third that Blas floats into a dangerous area. However, Girotto just cannot make contact with his leaping header at the back post.
46' We're back under way at the Parc des Princes.
Messi has failed to score in his opening six Ligue 1 games and his frustrating time in front of goal has continued today. He has missed two good opportunities, while his usual slick play in the final third has been off slightly. Even the best player in the game needs a confidence boost every now and again. A goal would do him the world of good.
PSG hold a 1-0 lead over Nantes at the break in their Ligue 1 clash. Kylian Mbappe deflected Leandro Paredes' effort from distance past Alban Lafont in the second minute to put his team ahead. However, the hosts were frustrated in their bid to add to the scoreline, none more so than Lionel Messi, who saw two efforts well saved by Lafont. The visitors have battled and remain in the contest at the interval.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: PSG 1-0 NANTES
45' + 2' Coulibaly fends off Diallo and sends a pass back to Blas to strike, but he sends a tame effort straight at Navas.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
45' Castelletto makes an important challenge to halt Hakimi in his tracks after collecting an offload from Mbappe in the box.
44' Messi runs at the Nantes defence and tries to release Mbappe, but he just overhits his throughball for the forward out for a goal-kick.
D. Appiah
S. Corchia
42' Appiah replaces Corchia for the visitors, which will require Fabio to swap flanks from right to left.
42' Corchia is struggling with an injury for the visitors. He may have to make way here.
41' Bernat tries to squeeze an offload into the left-inside channel for Neymar on the charge, but Castelletto makes the interception for the visitors.
Yellow Card
40' Chirivella brings down Gueye with a tough challenge and goes into the book.
38' MESSI MISSES AGAIN! Verratti plays a sublime reverse pass for Messi in the left-inside channel and the forward only has Lafont to beat. He fires low and hard on his left foot, but is denied by the Nantes keeper. His Ligue 1 drought continues.
37' Mbappe surges down the left flank and he opens up space for a strike on his right foot that is blocked by Castelletto.
34' Nantes counter down the right flank through Coco, who sends a low ball into the box. Blas tries to flick it towards goal, but it deflects off Diallo and behind for a corner.
33' Messi takes possession in the final third and tries to surge through the middle of the Nantes defensive line, but he loses out to Girotto.
31' Kolo Muani tries to turn on the edge of the PSG box, but gets crowded out by Hakimi and Kehrer, who converge to win possession for the hosts.
29' SAVE! Laftont is on the spot with an important block to deny Neymar. The Brazilian exchanges a sublime one-two with Mbappe in the Nantes box, but he can only drill his right-footed strike straight at the Nantes keeper.
27' Messi cuts in from the right flank with menace and weaves his way past Girotto. He tries to thread the needle to find Neymar, but the ball evades the forward and travels out for a goal-kick.
24' Girotto makes a vital intervention in the six-yard box to keep Mbappe's cutback from the left-inside channel away from Messi. PSG are determined to get the Argentine off the mark in Ligue 1 today.
22' SAVE! Lafont keeps PSG at bay again. Messi steers a precise offload from the left flank to Mbappe on the charge through the middle, but his low drive is repelled by the Nantes keeper.
21' Mbappe is back on his feet and appears ready to continue for the home side. PSG fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
19' Mbappe is down for PSG in the middle of the park after being clipped by Girotto. He requires treatment before the game can resume.
18' CHANCE! Messi's wait for a Ligue 1 goal continues. He plays a sublime one-two with Neymar, who releases him in acres of space through on goal. Messi fires at goal on his right foot, but Lafont produces a brilliant one-handed stop to deny the forward.
16' WIDE! Kolo Muani runs at the PSG defence and offloads into the path of Blas. He works a pass to Coco in space, but the winger scuffs his drive harmlessly wide of the right post.
15' Nantes pack the PSG box, but the delivery from Coco fails to beat the first defender at the near post. A disappointing cross.
14' Kolo Muani shows his pace and strength down the left flank. He fends off a challenge from Kehrer before Hakimi has to get back to knock the ball out of play for a corner.
13' The home side are working the ball down the left flank through Bernat and Neymar. It is clear that PSG are targeting the visitors down that side of the pitch.
11' PSG have avoided defeat in their last 14 matches when scoring the opening goal in Ligue 1 dating back to 21st March 2021 against Lyon.
9' Neymar works an offload into the path of Messi in the right-inside channel, but the Nantes defence converge and block any route for a strike at goal.
7' Neymar turns in the final third and tries to find Hakimi on the charge, but he overhits his ball out for a goal-kick.
6' PSG are using the momentum of the early goal to pin back the visitors. Nantes cannot break out of their own half at the moment.
4' Nantes will have been rocked by PSG's fast start to the contest. The visitors need to hang tough amid the threat of Pochettino's men.
L. Paredes
2' Paredes lines up a blast on his right foot that Mbappe diverts into the net, wrong-footing Lafont.
K. Mbappé
2' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MBAPPE DEFLECTS PAREDES' SHOT PAST LAFONT!!!! 1-0 PSG!!!!!! The home side enjoy a great start to the game as Mbappe sticks out a boot and diverts a drive from Paredes into the net. Neymar's surge down the left was partly cleared by the visitors before Paredes took aim. His right-footed strike appeared to be heading on target, but Mbappe ensures that it finds the back of the net.
1' We're under way at the Parc des Princes.
PSG have won 12 of their last 13 home games against Nantes in Ligue 1, but lost the most recent one in March (1-2).
Nantes have made three changes to their side that drew against Strasbourg last time out. Corchia, Moutoussamy and Coco all come into the fold as Appiah drops to the bench. Nicolas Pallois and Moses Simon miss out for the visitors.
PSG have made five changes to their side from their win over Bordeaux last time out. Diallo replaces Marquinhos in the backline. Pochettino rotates his entire midfield as Verratti, Gueye and Paredes slot into the middle of the park. Messi returns in the front three in place of Julian Draxler.
NANTES SUBS: Wylan Cyprien, Dennis Appiah, Charles Traore, Willem Geubbels, Osman Bukari, Quentin Merlin, Denis Petric, Gor Manvelyan, Yannis M'Bemba.
NANTES (4-4-2): Alban Lafont; Fabio, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Andrei Girotto, Sebastien Corchia; Ludovic Blas, Samuel Moutoussamy, Pedro Chirivella, Markus Coco; Randal Kolo Muani, Kalifa Coulibaly.
PSG SUBS: Sergio Rico, Colin Dagba, Nuno Mendes, Danilo, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ander Herrera, Eric Ebimbe, Mauro Icardi, Angel Di Maria.
PSG (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Achraf Hakimi, Thilo Kehrer, Abdou Diallo, Juan Bernat; Leandro Paredes, Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye; Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar.
Nantes allowed two leads to slip from their grasp in their last outing against Strasbourg to spurn three points. Antoine Kombouare missed out on a good opportunity to push up the table towards the edge of the European spots. They face a mammoth challenge on the road against PSG, and will need to be flawless to earn anything from the contest.
Paris Saint-Germain enter the contest with a dominant 10-point lead at the top of Ligue 1. Mauricio Pochettino’s men won back-to-back matches before the international break against Lille and Bordeaux in the league to strengthen their position. PSG will be determined to regain their momentum after the two-week pause to their calendar.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Ligue 1 clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Nantes at the Parc des Princes.