PLAYER RATINGS | PSG 3-1 Saint-Étienne, Messi and Mbappé too good for plucky Saint-Étienne

Ligue 1 21/22, Round 26 – 26/2/22

PSG – 3 (Mbappé 42, 47, Danilo 52)

Gianluigi Donnarumma, 5

Thilo Kehrer, 4

Marquinhos, 5

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.

Neymar, 6

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.

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