The opening 45 minutes of Le Classique couldn’t have gone any better for Paris Saint-Germain. That’s all the time they needed to run out to a 4-0 lead and erase any hope Olympique de Marseille may have had heading into the match at the Parc des Princes.
The onslaught began after 10 minutes when Angel Di Maria danced just outside the edge of the box and put in a cross for Mauro Icardi. The Argentine headed the ball on target but Steve Mandanda made a great save to deny him. Like a jungle cat though, Icardi pounced on the rebound and finished emphatically for the game’s first goal of the match.
Icardi’s name would be heard around the Parc once again in the 26th minute when Marco Verratti linked up with him for the second PSG goal on the night. The on-loan striker from Inter Milan is seen pointing to Verratti where he is about to run and the Italy international serves up a ball just begging to be headed into the goal.
After Icardi’s brace, it was time for Kylian Mbappé to get in on the fun. The Frenchman made his return to the starting lineup after battling a hamstring injury and followed up his hat-trick performance against Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League with a two-goal performance against Marseille.
In the 32nd minute, Mbappé finished off a brilliant move from PSG where they carved through Marseille’s high defensive line and the 20-year-old had an easy tap-in off of Di Maria’s cross.
PSG’s fourth goal, scored by Mbappé, was a total team effort. The ball started at the back with Keylor Navas playing a part in the build-up. He probably deserves a hockey assist to be honest. Di Maria would eventually receive the ball with plenty of space to run into and as he did against Brugge, he curled a pass to Mbappé with his left foot that allowed the pacey attacker to take a few touches and score past Mandanda.
PSG would go on to cruise to a comfortable 4-0 win and extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to eight points over FC Nantes. More importantly, though, Icardi and Mbappé are scoring at will and PSG’s attack, even without Neymar Jr., is one of the most feared in all of Europe.
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