Ligue 1 21/22, Round 26 – 26/2/22
PSG – 3 (Mbappé 42, 47, Danilo 52)
Gianluigi Donnarumma, 5
Thilo Kehrer, 4
Presnel Kimpembe, 6
Nuno Mendes, 6
Danilo Pereira, 6
Georginio Wijnaldum, 4
Idrissa Gueye, 6
Lionel Messi, 8 – PSG’s creative hub, adding a weighty 13 shot-creating actions, as his intensity notably increased. Often dropping deep to pick up possession, he provided a beautifully weighted assist for Mbappé’s equaliser before a lovely pair of shimmies and an exchange with Mbappé in a congested penalty area created the second.
Kylian Mbappé, 8 – A smart diagonal run and snapshot equalised before his clinical finish from a tight angle after a one-two with Messi put PSG ahead just after the break. The game’s highlight was his glorious sweeping outside of the foot cross that invited Danilo to head the third.
Others: Icardi 5, Di Maria 5, Bernat 5, Draxler 5.
SAINT-ÉTIENNE – 1 (Bouanga, 16)
Paul Bernardoni, 4 – Although he made a handful of smart stops, especially late on to keep the score down, he should have kept Mbappé’s first-half leveller out, the shot somehow skipping through him just before halftime.
Falaye Sacko, 4
Mahdi Camara, 5
Eliaquim Mangala, 5
Mickael Nade, 4
Timothée Kolodziejczak, 5
Lucas Gourna-Douath, 5
Zaydou Youssouf, 4
Arnaud Nordin, 3
Denis Bouanga, 6 – An intermittent threat for Paris to deal with, especially before halftime. It was he who robbed Danilo and rifled home a low shot after 15 minutes and he was unlucky not to create another having bamboozled Marquinhos before his cross was spilt by Donnarumma.
Ryad Boudebouz, 5
Others: Moukoudi 5, Thioub 5, Aouchiche 4, Hamouma 5, Moueffek 5.