PSG shot to the top of the table on Friday after a thrilling 4-2 win against Brest saw them make it three wins from three in the 2021/22 Ligue 1 season.

Kylian Mbappe, Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gana Gueye were all on target for Mauricio Pochettino side before Angel di Maria came off the bench to put the icing on the cake.

The side was missing both Lionel Messi and Neymar as the world still awaits for the former Barcelona star to make his debut for the French giants.

PSG moved ominously on to nine points from a possible nine and clear at the top of the fledgling French table with a second consecutive 4-2 victory.

The full house of 15,000 in Brittany were denied the chance to see Messi make his PSG debut after the Argentine was left out of the squad as he continues to build up his fitness.

Neymar, who like Messi returned to training late after going all the way to the final of the Copa America last month, was also left out but PSG once again showed that they have little trouble finding the net and winning without the two superstars.

However, once again their defending left a lot to be desired and will have given coach Mauricio Pochettino food for thought with a number of players still waiting on the sidelines.

“I prefer to win, but if I could choose a result I would prefer to win without conceding a goal. We have lots of star names but we need to build a team, that is the challenge.

“It won’t be easy because we need to find a balance among all the talented players we have. It will take time,” Pochettino said after the game.

PSG went ahead midway through the first half when Mbappe’s clipped cross was cleared out to the edge of the area where Herrera met the ball on the volley and the Spaniard’s shot found the bottom corner.

Mbappe made it 2-0 in the 36th minute, arriving to head in his first goal of the season after Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot had been blocked.

Brest got one back just before the break when Franck Honorat finished first-time after a fine back-heel lay-off by Romain Faivre.

Nevertheless Gueye appeared to put the game to bed when he made it 3-1 in the 73rd minute with a piledriver from 35 metres which Brest’s Dutch international goalkeeper Marco Bizot could only help on its way.

Yet Brest pulled another one back five minutes from time through Steve Mounie and PSG were actually in danger of conceding an equaliser until the 90th minute when Di Maria broke downfield and played a one-two with Achraf Hakimi before scoring with a delightful lob.


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