Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe took center stage as Mauricio Pochettino’s side started from behind to beat Saint-Etienne and extend their Ligue 1 lead
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Kylian Mbappe delivered an ominous performance for Paris Saint-Germain with Champions League game against Real Madrid less than a month, scoring twice against Saint-Etienne and providing one of the assists of the season.
The France international, who has been closely linked with a move to the Bernabeu in the summer, confirmed earlier this month that He hasn’t made a decision about his future yet with his contract in Paris coming to an end.
After scoring the decisive goal in the first leg against Madrid, he helped Mauricio Pochettino’s side from behind beat Saint-Etienne for the second time this season after beating Les Verts at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in November .
Mbappe has been PSG’s top scorer this season, with his brace on Saturday bringing his tally to 24, but it was his assist for Danilo Pereira coup d’etat.
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After Denis Bouanga gave visitors Pascal Dupraz a surprise lead, Mbappe’s first goal ensured PSG progress at the break.
Goals owe a lot to teammates Lionel Messiwho made a perfectly weighted pass, from which the 23-year-old shot past goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni.
Messi hasn’t had his best season since leaving Barcelona for the French capital, scoring just two goals in Ligue 1, but his pair of assists on Saturday saw him compare with Mbappe this season 10.
The Argentinian also provided Mbappe’s second goal, edging past Saint-Etienne’s defense and sending the ball into the path of his teammate, who fired early and didn’t give Bernardoni a chance.
Former Monaco player Mbappe now has 10 goals in his last 10 games, having also scored twice in victory over his former club and Champions League group stage win over Club Brugge.
He won’t get a chance to complete his hat-trick, making way for Mauro Icardi in the final few minutes, but there’s still time for a stunning assist.
“This is the best match Messi and Mbappe have pressed together,” one fan tweeted after the performance, while another described the French star as “the best in the world at the moment.” present”.
Mbappe’s brace saw him cut the level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in second place on PSG’s all-time scorer list, but the best is yet to come.
Danilo was the one at the end of the pass outside the box, scoring his fourth goal in his last three games, but the serve made it almost impossible for him to miss.
Victory over Saint-Etienne put Paris Saint-Germain 16 points ahead of Nice and Marseille in third, although they still have one game left in their hands.
PSG travel to Nice next weekend, with the second leg against Real Madrid taking place three days later on March 9.
“What if I made a decision about my future? No,” said Mbappe Amazon Prime Video prior to his late winner against Carlo Ancelotti’s team in the first leg.
“Playing against Real Madrid changes a lot of things. Although I have the freedom to do what I want in this moment, I will not talk to opponents or do such things.
“I am focused on winning against Real Madrid. And then we’ll see what happens.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/kylian-mbappe-psg-assist-messi-26339603 Kylian Mbappe stuns fans with world class in addition to his warm-up assist after scoring twice