From a penalty he had caused by overtaking the Strasbourg defense, Mbappé offered the victory which until then seemed to have escaped PSG against Strasbourg. Holder with the desire to erase the painful memory of the World Cup final lost against Argentina (3-3, 4 pens to 2), the star had tried a lot, in vain, before bringing the final blow.
Previously, two players had taken the light of the Park, then its shadow: Marquinhos and Neymar.
The defender, captain of PSG, opened the scoring in the 13th minute by cutting a free kick very well struck by his compatriot Neymar. Revanchists after the elimination of the Seleçao against Croatia in the quarter-finals, they then used Ligue 1 as an outlet.
But another goal from Marquinhos, against his camp this time, after a center from Thomasson that Gianluigi Donnarumma had anticipated (50th), then the expulsion of Neymar (62nd), guilty of a simulation in the area synonymous with a second yellow card , tipped their performance. Too bad, the number 10 of PSG had gratified the Parc des Princes with a sublime comma petit-pont on Thomasson (45th + 1).
No matter, Paris therefore begins its second part of the season with a victory just before the end of 2022, and is eight points ahead of its runner-up Lens, who plays Thursday.
Lyon starts with a bang
Nine days after the finalization of the takeover of Lyon by the American John Textor, OL launched their rise in the standings in Brest (4-2). Who better than the captain, Alexandre Lacazette, to put his team on the right track? It is his center that midfielder Maxence Caqueret, forgotten by Brest captain Brendan Chardonnet, to resume to open the score (21st)
After Mathias Pereira Lage equalized with a distant free kick but deflected by the Lyon wall (28th), another player trained at the club, Rayane Cherki, restored the advantage to OL, after a superb collective action (32nd). A penalty transformed with insurance by Lacazette then gave Lyon (34th) a margin. It was again Chardonnet who had been at fault, deflecting a strike from Caqueret with his hand.
Têtê then scored a fourth but after an ideal cross from Karl Toko Ekambi, with the left foot (48th), before Steve Mounié reduced the gap (71st).
Lille, Monaco and Ajaccio victorious
Earlier in the day, Lille had beaten Clermont (2-0) and Monaco had overcome Auxerre (3-2). This victory for Lille allows them to stay in contact with the teams aiming for a ticket for the next Champions League (sixth, two points from the podium).
Monaco, beaten at home by Marseille (3-2) for its last match before the truce of the World Cup, returned with difficulty to victory at Auxerre (3-2) thanks in particular to a double from its new nugget Eliesse Ben Seghir.
At the start of the afternoon, Ajaccio beat Angers, twentieth and last (1-0). A penalty from Youcef Belaili (39th) was enough for the Corsicans to win and temporarily get out of the red zone.
At the same time, no goal was registered at the Stade de l’Aube between Troyes and Nantes (0-0), which nevertheless failed at the end of the match.