Paris Saint-Germain easily beat Brest (2-4) on Friday 20 August in the third round of Ligue 1. The Senegalese international Idrissa Gana Gueye contributed to the victory with a beautiful goal.
Paris are not strong in this early season but Paris is doing the job. In their third league game against Brest on Friday, Mauricio Pochettino's men won 2-4.
With three African internationals, Achraf Hakimi, Abdou Diallo and Idrissa Gana Gueye, PSG led the way without much stress.
As usual, the Parisians had their foot on the ball for a long time. Faced with a low block from Brest, they tried to pass through the sides, especially on the right flank with Hachraf Hakimi very forward in his thinking as a defender. However, the first Parisian goal came from midfielder Ander Herrera (24'). The Spaniard volleyed in a ball that was poorly saved by Brest just inside the box.
Gana Gueye's side dominated the game, and Kylian Mbappé doubled their lead in the 36th minute after a fine piece of work from Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi. The former Inter Milan player then headed in a cross that was poorly saved by the hosts' defence. Kylian Mbappé then pounced to head the ball into the back of the net.
At 2-0, PSG were on the move and had their opponents on the back foot. The club of the capital will also be exposed to counterattacks. Abdou Dialli's teammates even conceded an unexpected goal from Franck Honorat a few minutes before the end of the first half (42').
The second half started like the first one with an unquestionable Parisian domination. Having difficulty in keeping the few balls recovered, Brest was exposed to the Parisians' shots from afar. It is moreover by these shots out of the box that PSG will once again break. The Senegalese international Idrissa Gana Gueye took advantage of this comfort to unleash a big floating shot. It was to find its way into the net of the Brest goalkeeper.
Lionel Messi's compatriot Di Maria came on in the second half to extinguish any hopes the hosts had of coming back to 2-3 in the 85th minute.
The Argentinian, after a neat one-two with Hakimi, lobbed the ball past the keeper on a lightning counter-attack. It was a sweet victory for the capital club despite the absence of their stars, Messi and Neymar.