Mbappe breaks PSG goal record in win over Nantes
Kylian Mbappé became Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time leading scorer with his 201st goal for the club in their 4-2 Ligue 1 win over Nantes on Saturday.
The French superstar equaled Edinson Cavani’s previous record of 200 goals with a brace in last week’s win at Marseille and went even further with a goal in stoppage time at the Parc des Princes.
Earlier, PSG squandered a two-goal lead as they prepared for their decisive trip to Bayern Munich. Lionel Messi gave them the lead, and an own goal by Jouen Hadjam made it 2-0 with 17 minutes before Nantes bounced back to equalize before half time. -time.
Ludovic Blas pulled back the goal and Ignatius Ganago equalized, but Mbappe set up Danilo Pereira to put PSG back at the hour mark and then scored his record goal later.
Mbappe has reached the record by playing just 247 games since signing for AS Monaco at the age of 18 in 2017.
It took Uruguayan star Cavani 298 games and seven years to set the previous record in 2020.
After the game, the club presented the 24-year-old Mbappe with a trophy to celebrate his record on the presentation on the pitch.
As a result, PSG open an 11-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 before nearest rivals Marseille play on Sunday and before the Qatari club travel to Bayern Munich for the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.
PSG are 1-0 down in the first leg against the Bavarians and fail to reach the quarter-finals in Europe, which would be a season-ending handicap for a club with no problems to work towards.
– Hakimi watching from coasters –
Injured Moroccan star Ashraf Hakimi watched from the stands of the Parc des Princes a day after he was charged with rape following allegations made by a 24-year-old woman.
Neymar was also a spectator and will not return for the match against Bayern, while centre-back Prenel Kimpembe will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury.
Coach Christophe Galtier lost another defender to injury in the second half of that game, and skipper Marquinhos came out of the game with some discomfort from what looked like lateral strain.
Before the game, there was a minute’s applause for Juste Fontaine, the legendary former France striker who scored 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup and died on Wednesday at the age of 89.
Fonteyn also coached PSG which led them to promotion to the top tier of French football in 1974.
The Parisians took the lead in the 12th minute as Messi deflected a rebound off Nuno Mendez to score his 13th Ligue 1 goal of the season.
An unfortunate own goal by Khadzham sent PSG into the lead, but a Blas shot that surprised Gianluigi Donnarumma just after the half-hour mark put Nantes back in the game.
2:2 remained before the break, when the Cameroonian striker Ganago scored a goal from a corner.
PSG also squandered a two-goal lead in their last home game against Lille two weeks ago before recovering to win 4-3, and they repeated the feat here with Mbappé playing the title role.
His header was taken by Danilo, who made it 3-2 just before the hosts were awarded a penalty for a foul on Nordi Mukiele, only to be checked by VAR, which established that the contact had indeed taken place outside the penalty area.
It looked like Mbappe would have to wait for his record before he struck at the very end.