PARIS, France– Paris
Saint-Germain further strengthened their dominance of Ligue 1 on Tuesday with a
2-1 win at Nantes that moved the champions 15 points clear of the domestic
Goals in either half from Mauro Icardi and Thilo Kehrer were
just about enough for Thomas Tuchel’s side to stretch their lead over
second-placed Marseille ahead of their trip to Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.
PSG extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 20
matches despite a Presnel Kimpembe howler allowing Moses Simon to race through
and pull one back in the 68th minute, setting up a nervy finish.
“I’m thrilled with how we played for 70 minutes, I’m
very satisfied,” said Tuchel to Canal+.
“We should have scored four times but only scored
twice, and then that error … I think it was a bit too much confidence.”
The capital club were dominant for long periods despite the
absence of Neymar with a rib complaint, and it was Kylian Mbappe, starting
following his touchline spat with Tuchel at the weekend, who created the
World Cup winner Mbappe burst down the left flank before
pulling back perfectly for Angel Di Maria, whose shot brushed fellow Argentine
Icardi before nestling in the back of the net.
The three points looked to be sealed 11 minutes after the
break when Kehrer headed home Di Maria’s corner.
However, Kimpembe let Nantes back into the game 11 minutes
later when his fluffed attempt at a flicked pass to centre-back partner Kehrer
gave Simon his chance.
PSG had a series of good opportunities to go back two goals
ahead, with Mbappe twice denied by fine last-ditch defending, but they failed
to capitalise and had to thank Keylor Navas for twice saving the result in the
First, he got out well to stop Simon as the Nigerian bore
down on goal and in stoppage time got down brilliantly to push away Renaud
Emond’s close-range flick.
Earlier, Rennes missed the chance to go second after Loic
Remy’s early goal consigned them to a 1-0 defeat at Champions League-chasing
Remy struck in the fourth minute for the hosts when he
collected Jonathan Ikone’s pass before lashing home a long-range effort to move
his fourth-placed side up to 37 points, three behind Rennes.
The away side remain a further three points away from
Marseille, who would have been temporarily overtaken by Rennes had they won by
two goals or more.
Monaco meanwhile won their first league match of 2020 1-0
over Angers thanks to Stevan Jovetic, who guided in Youssouf Fofana’s long pass
with his head to move Robert Moreno’s side ninth, level on 32 points with four
The victory ends a four-match winless run in the league for
Monaco that was made worse by last week’s French Cup exit at the hands of
Saint-Etienne last week.