Mbappé commands a placid victory for PSG against Nimes

The Parisian striker scored two of his team's four goals in a match marked by the expulsion of local center-back Landré in the 15th minute.


PSG, led by a brilliant Mbappé with a double, comfortably beat Nîmes 0-4 in a match marked by the expulsion of Loïc Landré in the 15th minute. The Parisian team, weakened by casualties, drew on a fantastic first part of Rafinha, who assisted the French in the 0-1 and played a very complete game.

Without Verratti, Marquinhos, Neymar (rest), Icardi or Bernat, PSG visited the always difficult Stade des Costières with an unprecedented plague of absences. Rafinha and Moise Kean, Leonardo's last minute signings in the market, made their debut as starters in an eleven that did include Mbappé despite having played almost 90 minutes on Wednesday against Croatia.

Far from being brilliant, the first half was an accumulation of emotions for PSG. He began suffering against a rival who came out without taking into account the entity of the team in front of him. Nîmes, used to being a fierce and intense team, completely emptied themselves during the first 15 minutes. Such was the intensity that Loïc Landre, a central defender from the Parisian team's quarry, committed a criminal tackle on Rafinha and saw the direct red.

Rafinha was present in all the dangerous plays of PSG. It is not understood how a player of his quality has left Barcelona for free and more so taking into account the needs of the Blaugrana team. The Spanish-Brazilian made a superb first act, monopolizing every attack and assisting Mbappé in the 30th minute with a genius to the space that the French international did not miss.

After the 0-1, PSG continued attacking and reaching the rival goal, but Baptiste Reynet had the best first part of his sporting career. The former Dijon player, who had had a very irregular last season in Toulouse (even being relegated to the substitution in January), chained several worthy saves and kept Nîmes alive in the game. It was an exhibition of the goalkeeper, but also of Rafinha, appearing all over the attack front and showing Tuchel that he has not landed in Paris to live better.

PSG, already settled on the pitch, sought to sentence the match as soon as the second act began. Sarabia and Mbappé began to understand each other and the forward had a great opportunity to pass from the former Sevilla player. However, the good withdrawal of Nîmes, prioritizing not conceding more goals to trying to take a step forward, was a spider's web for the Parisians, unable to make the 0-2 despite the fact that Florenzi had the goal in his boots, when crash into the pole a fantastic center of Sarabia from the opposite side.

A third time was the charm for Florenzi. The right-back hit the post again, this time with a header, a lateral cross from Bakker and a minute later he took advantage of a great assist from Sarabia to score in the small area. He is not a media signing and the noise generated by Neymar, Di María, Mbappé and company, but his performance since he arrived in Paris has been immediate. Precisely Sarabia would close the account with a great shot with his left leg that closed the win for Tuchel's men.

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