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As ruthless PSG defeat Lyon 4-1, Kylian Mbappe scores twice


<p>Paris Saint-Germain romped to a 4-1 victory away at Lyon on Sunday, knocking their struggling opponents to the bottom of Ligue 1. Kylian Mbappe scored twice.</p>
<p>Achraf Hakimi and Marco Asensio both scored goals in the first half as PSG put on a merciless display that bodes well for the remainder of the season. Mbappe scored twice.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-160076″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-tndge-will-publish-the-revaluation-results-today-for-the-tn-hse-2-supplementary-re.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com tndge will publish the revaluation results today for the tn hse 2 supplementary re” width=”1493″ height=”778″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-tndge-will-publish-the-revaluation-results-today-for-the-tn-hse-2-supplementary-re.jpg 311w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-tndge-will-publish-the-revaluation-results-today-for-the-tn-hse-2-supplementary-re-150×78.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1493px) 100vw, 1493px” title=”As ruthless PSG defeat Lyon 4-1, Kylian Mbappe scores twice 9″></p>
<p>In spite of Corentin Tolisso’s penalty kick bringing Lyon within one, the seven-time defending French champions are off to a terrible start, sitting last with only one point after four games.</p>
<p>On goal differential, Laurent Blanc’s team sits third in the league, behind Lens and Clermont, the runners-up from the previous season.</p>
<p>Meanwhile, PSG has moved up to second place in the league, two points behind Monaco’s early lead, after their second consecutive victory after drawing their first two games.</p>
<p>It’s a fantastic outcome. Regardless matter what the rival is going through, it is difficult to come here and win, according to PSG captain Marquinhos.</p>
<p>“We are making excellent progress, even if we are still not playing precisely how the coach wants us to.</p>
<p>He is quite harsh on us and very demanding. He said that more work has to be done.</p>
<p>The squad of Luis Enrique is preparing for the commencement of their Champions League campaign, where they will face Newcastle United, AC Milan, and Borussia Dortmund in the group stage.</p>
<p>Randal Kolo Muani, a France striker who came from Eintracht Frankfurt in a rumoured 90 million-euro ($97 million) deal shortly before the transfer market closed on Friday, is still available to join the squad.</p>
<p>Kolo Muani couldn’t have made his debut in this game since it was played too soon, but Bradley Barcola made his debut after arriving from Lyon on Thursday for a possible 50 million euro transfer price.</p>
<p>Barcola came off the bench in the dying moments to boos and whistles from the home crowd, but the match was already lost.</p>
<p>Mbappe’s penalty kick gave PSG the lead in the fourth minute after Manuel Ugarte was hauled down in the area by Tolisso as a result of his pushing.</p>
<p>On the 20th minute, Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes turned a low Ousmane Dembele cross out into the path of Hakimi, who then scored to make it 2-0.</p>
<p>Blanc is under stress.</p>
<p>Gianluigi Donnarumma had to make excellent stops from Rayan Cherki and Tolisso for the visitors, while in the meantime, Hakimi struck the crossbar after a quick PSG counterattack.</p>
<p>In a timely manner, they added another goal in the 38th minute when Ugarte released Asensio to score his second goal in as many games.</p>
<p>Mbappe scored his second goal of the evening and fifth in three games since rejoining the squad after a contract dispute thanks to Asensio’s switch to provider as PSG made it 4-0 in first-half stoppage time.</p>
<p>However, Dembele’s header off the crossbar early in the second half and the hosts’ subsequent winning of a penalty in the 73rd minute prevented Lyon from suffering an ugly final result.</p>
<p>After a thorough VAR review, it was determined that Warren Zaire-Emery had fouled Nicolas Tagliafico, and Tolisso successfully converted the next penalty kick.</p>
<p>Yet Lyon’s disastrous start to the season coincides with turmoil off the field under new American owner John Textor, who was unable to bring in the players he wanted for the summer due to the club’s financial condition.</p>
<p>Pressure has increased on coach Blanc, a former PSG manager who took over less than a year ago due to the team’s performance.</p>
<p>During the game, spectators unfurled a banner urging him to step down.</p>
<p>He said to broadcaster Amazon Prime, “The fans are justified to be dissatisfied with the squad and the coach.</p>
<p>“However, I don’t believe there is just one individual to blame in our predicament. Everybody is accountable.</p>
<p>After Clermont earned their first point of the year earlier on Sunday, drawing 2-2 against Toulouse after tying the score late, Lyon is now in last place.</p>
<p>Sunday also saw victories for Le Havre, Lille, and Nice.</p>
<p>With a 3-0 victory against Lens on Saturday, Monaco moved ahead of Lens at the top.</p>


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