PSG vs AS St. Etinne: PSG registers comfortable win wthout Neymer and Mbappe

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PSG vs AS St. Etinne: PSG registers comfortable win wthout Neymer and Mbappe European Leagues Ligue 1 News

  • PSG registered a comfortable win against AS St.-Etinne, despite Kylian Mbappe and Neymar watching the match from stand.
  • Draxler (22′), Cavani (51′), Maria (76′) and Diaby (84′) scored for Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Mbappe could not play due to suspension and Neymar was rested after international duty.

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar watched on from the stands as Paris Saint-Germain prepared for their Champions League trip to Liverpool with an emphatic 4-0 win over Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1.

Mbappe was absent as he began a three-match ban handed down following his red card in the win at Nimes just before the international break, and Neymar sat alongside him in the crowd, rested after playing for Brazil in a friendly in the United States in midweek.

Being without the two most expensive players in the world was not a problem for the reigning champions, with Tuchel able to give Draxler his first start of the season while midfielder Marco Verratti appeared in a Ligue 1 game for the first time since March.

There was also a debut for Spanish left-back Juan Bernat following his recent move from Bayern Munich, and while the visitors started well enough, PSG never looked back after taking the lead midway through the first half.

Verratti’s ball over the top found Draxler in the box, with the German midfielder controlling the ball with his head and then nodding it over Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.

The Saint-Etienne players were wearing shirts carrying the name of William Gomis, a former youth player at the club who was shot dead in the south of France earlier this week.

PSG’s second goal arrived just after half-time, with Cavani converting a penalty, his third goal in as many games this season, after he had been chopped down in the box by Loic Perrin.

With PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, preferred to Gianluigi Buffon and fresh from winning his first two senior caps for France, a virtual spectator, the hosts went on to add two more goals late on.

Diaby, the 19-year-old who was sent on at the start of the second half in place of Lassana Diarra, helped set up Di Maria to lash a shot into the roof of the net for the third.

Then Diaby rounded off the scoring after Cavani’s swipe at a Draxler cutback had turned into an assist for the teenager.

How the match progressed:

Despite dangerous duo not playing, Paris Saint-Germain had total control of the game with 65% ball possession. They had 16 attempts and 9 of them, were on target. After PSG scored first goal at 22′, AS St.-Etinne were lost from the match. Though they attempted 11 times during the match, but only two of them, were on target.

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Line up:


Diaby-27 (Diarra-19, 46″), Nkunku-24 (Verratti-6, 68″), Kehrer-4 (Silva-2, 80″)


Hamouma-21 (Monnet-Paquet-22, 54″), Beric-27 (Salibur-19, 81″), Diousse El Hadji-25 (Diony-9 , 81″)