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Paris Saint-Germain - Angers SCO
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FULL-TIME: PSG 2-1 Angers
Another unconvincing win for PSG! Some credit is due given they were forced to play without many key players, but considering their budget compared to the rest of the league that's hardly even a leveller.
Ultimately, the individual brilliance of Mbappe got the Parisians over the line, while Angers will feel very hard done by after a gutsy performance that showed why they've made an early run for the Champions League spots.
- OffKylian MbappéParis Saint-Germain
- OnEric EbimbeParis Saint-Germain
France Under-21 midfielder Eric Ebimbe comes on for a short cameo in place of Mbappe, who strolls off the pitch to a stadium full of applause. Some would say that's rather convenient given his well publicised desires to leave the club...all part of the sales pitch, right Leonardo?
- Yellow cardMarco VerrattiParis Saint-Germain
Icardi is booked for a cynical foul on Bahoken.
SAVED!! Wijnaldum almost extends PSG's lead with a powerful header, but Bernardoni is equal to it with a fantastic stop.
- Goal by penaltyKylian MbappéParis Saint-Germain
GOAL!!! Is that the winner? Mbappe demonstrates nerves of steel to put PSG ahead from the penalty spot!
- Yellow cardPierrick CapelleAngers SCO
IT'S GIVEN! Cappelle receives a yellow for handball and Mbappe will have the chance to give PSG a 2-1 lead with a penalty!
PENALTY APPEAL!! Mbappe gets to the byline and cuts the ball back for a Icardi, who appears to head it onto the hand of Capelle. The referee initially ignores the appeals for a penalty, but he's encouraged to check his monitor by the VAR officials...
- OffAngelo FulginiAngers SCO
- OnStephane BahokenAngers SCO
The goalscorer Fulgini is replaced by Cameroon international striker Stephane Bahoken.
- OffSofiane BoufalAngers SCO
- OnAzzedine OunahiAngers SCO
Boufal, who has been my man of the match tonight, departs the pitch for his compatriot Azzedine Ounahi.
- OffAnder HerreraParis Saint-Germain
- OnJulian DraxlerParis Saint-Germain
Poch's fourth change sees Julian Draxler come on for Herrera in midfield, as the home side search for a winner.
- OffAnder HerreraParis Saint-Germain
- OnJulian DraxlerParis Saint-Germain
Another like-for-like PSG swap. This time Achraf Hakimi, who played his third match of the international break for Morocco only a few days ago, replaces Dagba at right-back.
CHANCE!! That equaliser's given PSG a new lease of life! Icardi's teed up on the edge of the box with an abundance of time and space yet he somehow drags his low shot wide.
- GoalDanilo PereiraParis Saint-Germain
GOAL!!! Mbappe dinks the ball into the box for Pereira to connect with an unstoppable header to equalise!
That move started with Mbappe's corner too.
SAVED!! Mbappe cuts inside and lashes a shot towards the far bottom corner. Bernardoni sees it late but manages to get low and push it away!
- OffMohamed-Ali ChoAngers SCO
- OnBillal BrahimiAngers SCO
Billal Brahimi, a Middlesbrough academy graduate who was prolific on loan last season in the French third tier for Le Mans, comes on for Cho.
The 17 year-old impressed tonight but it makes sense to give him a breather as a precaution considering he went down a few minutes ago after colliding with Diallo.
- OffRafinhaParis Saint-Germain
- OnGeorginio WijnaldumParis Saint-Germain
Georginio Wijnaldum, who recently complained about a lack of minutes at his new club, comes on for Rafinha. Perhaps a surprise considering the Brazilian has been one of PSG's brighter players tonight.
- OffAbdou DialloParis Saint-Germain
- OnJuan BernatParis Saint-Germain
PSG make the first subs of the game, as Juan Bernat replaces Diallo at left-back in a like-for-like change.
Mbappe takes a free-kick from range. It doesn't dip anywhere near enough though and sails over the bar.
CLOSE!! Icardi's unable to control the ball in the box but the loose ball falls to Rafinha, who drills a first-time effort only slightly wide of the post.
Looks very similar out there early on in this seconnd half. PSG still dominating possession, but rarely being progressive or intentful with it.
Wonder how long it'll take Poch to make his first substitutions...
Boufal slips a lovely pass into the box but Fulgini's not on the same page at all and makes the run way too late.
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We're back with the second half!
Messi and Ramos understandably look far from pleased in the crowd...
In case you missed the goal!
Look away now PSG fans...
- End of 1st Half
HALF-TIME: PSG 0-1 Angers
While the home side are without several of their key players, there's simply no excuse for being a goal down at home tonight. Verratti and Herrera's passing have created some openings for PSG, but the team's been lacking in cutting edge and authority, while Mbappe's not been his usual clinical self in front of goal.
Angers' front three of Boufal, Cho and Fulgini deserve so much credit for the problems they've caused, creating five chances to PSG's two despite only having just over a quarter of possession.
GOAL DISALLOWED!! Herrera thought he had the equaliser but it's rightfully chalked off for offside! His looping header got the better of Bernardoni, but it won't matter.
Mbappe's free-kick is cleared as a far as Rafinha, who blasts his effort well over the bar.
- GoalAngelo FulginiAngers SCO
GOAL!!! Angers catch the Parisian defence sleeping!
Cabot picking Verratti's pocket and Mendy's subsequent pass to Cho on the right wing lead to Fulgini tapping home Boufal's low but pacy cross to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
SAVED!! Dagba's dangerous cross deflects towards goal and Bernardoni reacts quickly to keep it out.
CHANCE! That Verratti-Mbappe connection almost causes the breakthrough, and not for the first time this evening! Bernardoni does well again, this time rushing off his line to narrow the angle for Mbappe and deny him an opening goal.
CLOSE! Boufal skilfully skips into the box, beating multiple players and going close with a low effort driven across goal that goes the wrong side of the post.
Cho races past the PSG defence and is met by a bold slide tackle from Kimpembe to stop him in his tracks.
The towering Bernardoni demonstrates a brilliant command of his area to come off his line and calmly catch a PSG corner.
Verratti threads the ball through to Icardi with a deft pass, who looks to be tripped by Capelle but amidst angry appeals for a penalty, the referee says he got the ball.
Boufal brings the ball to the edge of the box, looking to cut in as Dagba backtracks, but he lacks support from his teammates and his eventual shot is blocked.
PSG waste a corner, as Mbappe's attempted short pass is intercepted straight away.
PSG have really settled into the swings of things now, fully dictating the pace of the game and dominating possession.
OFFSIDE! Angers' defensive line need to be careful with how they're playing, as Mbappe gets beyond them again before firing a shot wide. Luckily for them too, he was offside anyway.
CHANCE!! Early opportunity falls to Mbappe, who's played through by a Herrera ball over the top. His shot lacks the necessary venom to beat Bernardoni though.
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KICK-OFF: And we're underway!
Famous French judokas, Teddy Riner and Sandrine Martinet - a three-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time Paralympic silver medallist respectively - take the ceremonial kick-off from the centre circle before the actual one takes place.
STADE RAYMOND KOPA
France Football magazine's prestigious award dedicated to the supposed best footballer in the world under the age of 21, the Kopa Trophy, announced its shortlist this week to much media attention.
Much like Angers' stadium, it's named after Raymond Kopa, who started his career with Angers in the late 1940s before embarking on an esteemed career, becoming the first French player to win the European Cup - a trophy he went on to win three times in total - while at Real Madrid, winning the Ballon d'Or in 1958 and four Ligue 1 titles during his time at Reims.
LAST TIME OUT...
The last time these two teams met the Parisians thrashed Angers 5-0 to go along with their 1-0 and 6-1 wins from earlier on in the season.
Angers players will hope to have banished those memories right to the back of their heads ahead of this game.
WHAT HAS POCH SAID ABOUT NEYMAR AND MESSI ABSENCES?
"Frustrating...but that's the way it is."
ANOTHER MUSIALA SITUATION FOR ENGLAND?
Angers forward Mohamed-Ali Cho is yet another young player caught in an international tug of war for his services.
The 17 year-old was born in France, but is also for Ivory Coast through his father, Morocco through his mother and England due to partially growing up there.
He's represented England at both Under-15 and Under-16 level - last in 2019, but debuted for France Under-21s this year, as Cho still looks to keep his options open.
This match even signals a return to PSG, whose academy he was part of for years before leaving for Everton's academy and years later signing professional terms with his current club.
ANGERS TEAM NEWS
Gerard Baticle stays loyal to the line-up that has been delivering the goods for him so far this season, once again fielding his troops in his trusted 3-4-1-2 formation, albeit with one change, as Pierrick Capelle comes in for Enzo Ebosse at left wing-back.
Their forward line intrigues because none of the trio of Sofiane Boufal, Mohamed-Ali Cho and Angelo Fulgini are traditionally strikers and none of them sport particularly impressive goalscoring records either, with Angers sharing the scoring responsibilities amongst seven different players so far this season.
PSG TEAM NEWS
Due to a combination of injury concerns and international commitments, Mauricio Pochettino makes a whopping eight changes to the XI who started the 2-0 defeat away to Rennes before the international break.
The 'MNM' strikeforce are temporarily on standby, as the versatile Rafinha and divisive Mauro Icardi join Kylian Mbappe instead of Neymar and Lionel Messi, who were both playing World Cup qualifiers in South America last night.
Marquinhos, Leandro Paredes and Angel di Maria also miss out because of international duty, while Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas are both currently injured.
Good evening and welcome to our live text coverage of the Ligue 1 match between PSG and Angers.
This is a golden opportunity for this season's surprise package Angers, who have been perennial culprits of mid-table obscurity since being promoted to the top flight in 2015, yet find themselves in fourth place nine games into this season.
Not only did the PSG side they face record their first league loss of the season right before the international break, but the duo of injuries and international commitments mean they'll have to field a much-weakened team tonight.
We will be bringing you all the build-up, highlights and talking points from the match this afternoon, so stay tuned ahead of kick-off at 20:00!