PSG 3-2 Saint-Etienne: Mauro Icardi scores 95th minute winner as Mauricio Pochettino’s men move to within a point of Lille at the top of Ligue 1 after extraordinary late victory
- Mauro Icardi scored a 95th minute winner to give PSG a pivotal 3-2 victory
- After a goalless first 77 minutes there were five goals in a crazy conclusion
- Visitors took the lead but Kylian Mbappe scored twice to put PSG back in front
- Saint-Etienne scored 91st minute equaliser before Icardi snatched three points
Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain scored in the last seconds of injury time to beat Saint-Etienne 3-2 and close the gap on league leaders Lille to one point on Sunday.
PSG had just gifted Saint-Etienne an equaliser in the second minute of injury time when Mauro Icardi rose to meet Angel Di Maria’s cross three minutes later as the substitutes combined to give PSG a much-needed victory.
There are only five games left after this weekend in one of the closest title races for many years. Rivals Monaco and Lyon are in action later on Sunday, with Monaco going to struggling Bordeaux and Lyon visiting 19th-place Nantes.
Mauro Icardi scored a last-gasp winner to give PSG a crucial 3-2 win over Saint-Etienne
The win moves PSG to within a point of Lille at the top of Ligue 1 with five matches remaining
All the goals came near the end, with Kylian Mbappe scoring twice to take his league-leading tally to 23.
He equalised with a fine finish in the 78th minute, one minute after striker Denis Bouanga put the visitors ahead at Parc des Princes, and then struck a penalty in the 86th after he was fouled by goalkeeper Etienne Green.
But PSG gifted the visitors a goal when Bouanga was given too much space down the left and his shot was poorly dealt with by goalkeeper Sergio Rico with Romain Hamouma in position to tap in.
Romain Hamouma thought he had earned his side a point with a 92nd minute equaliser
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino was without several key players going into the match.
Neymar and central midfielders Leandro Paredes and Idrissa Gueye were suspended, while central defender Marquinhos is recovering from an adductor injury and standout goalkeeper Keylor Navas rested a sore shoulder.
Pochettino’s side struggled to create chances but winger Pablo Sarabia struck the post with a freekick after 30 minutes and Green – a former club ball boy – made his first save five minutes later from Rafinha’s low shot.
In between, Saint-Etienne winger Wahbi Khazri had a goal ruled out for offisde.
Kylian Mbappe made it 1-1 less than a minute after Saint-Etienne had taken a surprise lead
The Frenchman made it 2-1 from the penalty spot as PSG took the lead with three minutes left
Pochettino made a triple substitution midway through the second half, bringing on midfielder Marco Verratti, winger Di Maria and Icardi.
Di Maria failed to close down on the left and overlapping full back Miguel Trauco had plenty of time to pick out Bouanga’s close-range finish.
But Saint-Etienne was napping at the restart. Verratti’s long ball over the top was expertly controlled by Mbappe with the outside his foot and he slid it under Green for 1-1, at the start of a crazy conclusion to the match.
Pochettino’s first game in charge of PSG also against Saint-Etienne in January ended in a draw and he was somewhat fortunate this time.
Lille dropped points when it was held 1-1 at home to Montpellier on Friday
Neymar watched on from the stands as his PSG side completed a remarkable comeback win
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