Ligue 1

Ligue 1 Top Five, Round 18: Neymar and Mbappe dominate for PSG

The pair are joined by team-mate Leandro Paredes after the destruction of Saint-Etienne.

 
11:33am on Monday 16th December 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Neymar Jr.
AM (CL) - PSG - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Dec 15, 2019
8Total shots
8Total shots
8Total shots

PSG defeated Saint-Etienne 4-0 on Sunday with the opening goal being scored by Neymar, even if it was a slightly fortuitous flick of the boot to turn in Leandro Paredes' volley. However, his rating is still fully deserved from the rest of his play, which was magnificent as he set up a further two goals and also won a penalty. For his first assist, he slid a perfect pass through for partner-in-crime Kylian Mbappe to lash a strike home, before once again finding the Frenchman for the fourth goal after picking out a ball down the right channel. The former Barcelona star took the eventual spotkick which he won, but was unlucky to smash his strike off the post. He sent 36 passes into the final third, had 109 touches overall, and helped out defensively too with eight ball recoveries.

Gautier Larsonneur
GK - Brest - 22 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.0
Dec 14, 2019
7Saves
7Saves
7Saves
7Saves
7Saves
7Saves
7Saves

Brest earned a potentially vital point at home to Nice this weekend as they held the visitors to a 0-0 draw, with goalkeeper Gautier Larsonneur emerging as the hero after his efforts to keep the clean sheet. He made seven saves in total, but it was quality as well as quantity from him as a few of the stops were world-class. Early on he stretched out a hand to deny a fizzing volley from Wylan Cyprien, but that was a sign of things to come from him as two of his subsequent saves were better. In the second half, he somehow retreated back to goal to tip over a dipping strike from Alexis Claude Maurice then a similar attempt from Pierre Lees-Melou. Superb.

Kylian Mbappé
F (C), W (L) - PSG - 20 yrs
90'
8.8
Dec 15, 2019

While Neymar's performance was full of masterful set-up play, Mbappe's was a masterclass in finishing. To score PSG's second of the day, he held his run inside the box to stay onside before receiving the pass from his team-mate to finish emphatically into the right corner. His second was vintage Mbappe as he collected possession down the right channel to take on the defender with his electric speed, allowing him the space to flash a strike across goal into the bottom corner. On the night, he terrorised Saint-Etienne with his pace, power, and close control.

Leandro Paredes
M, DM (C) - PSG - 25 yrs
90'
8.7
Dec 15, 2019

The former Zenit midfielder enjoyed arguably one of his better performances in a PSG shirt on Sunday as he was excellent in midfield. He was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as it was his slammed volley from the edge of the box which was turned into the net by Neymar even though it was probably going in anyway. His best work came in his command of the ball as he completed the second-most passes out of anyone in Ligue 1 this week with 101/108, while enjoying more touches than anyone else in the league with 122.

Hassane Kamara
D (L) - Stade de Reims - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.6
Dec 14, 2019

Reims made it five games unbeaten as well as securing their second consecutive league win after a narrow 1-0 away victory at Toulouse, with Hassane Kamara the man of the match. It was in defensive areas in which he shone, as he made more ball recoveries than anyone else in the league with 16, as well as four interceptions and five clearances. The left-back also won 9/11 duels, 100% of his aerial duels, and 100% of his tackles.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Nantes midfielder Imran Louza (8.3) scored the only goal of the game as his side won 1-0 away at Nimes. As well as emerging as the match winner, he made 13 ball recoveries, two interceptions, and one clearance.

ROUND TO FORGET

Saint-Etienne may have been up against the might of an in-mood PSG, but they didn't help themselves with their weak defensive shape. Mathieu Debuchy (4.4) and Wesley Fofana (5.1) were particularly bad, while Jean-Eudes Aholou (4.6) was sent off for a disgraceful tackle.

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