PSG’s Mbappe returns to action and breaks Ligue 1 record

mbappe4A couple of weeks back we reported about how Kylian Mbappe would serve a third match suspended following his sending off against Nimes last month, having previously hoped to get away with two matches on the sidelines. That suspension is now over of course, and this past weekend Mbappe lined up for his first home game since returning to the team with Lyon as the guests. The first half was a fairly run of the mill 45 minutes, with PSG going into the interval holding a 1-0 lead thanks to a first half penalty from Neymar. The second half, however, produced the type of football that fans in attendance could one day look back and say “I was there”. In just 13 second half minutes, Mbappe set the world alight once again – and made history while doing so.

The action started ramping up when referee Antony Gautier sent home defender Presnel Kimpembe off after consulting VAR, following a challenge on Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele. Kimpembe was adjudged to have made contact with Ndombele’s shin with his studs, and so he saw a straight red card. With Lyon holding the one man advantage, and only being a single goal down, there were hopes that they could make the most of the extra man and fight to get back into the game. Those hopes were largely undone, however, when Gautier sent off Lyon star Lucas Tousart for a second bookable offence after he brought down Mbappe. With that red card coming on the brink of half time, the mood seemed to change – and this would be reflected in the second half to come. With numbers levelled up once again, the chance was there for PSG to take control once more.

That did, of course, prove to be the case. Mbappe struck his first of the game in off the post, and finished off for his second and then the hattrick within eight minutes of his first. With the game more or less won at 4-0, the ball fell once more to the former Monaco forward to showed his maturity by knocking the ball home from close range to bag his fourth of the game – he finished the week with 18 fantasy points from this one match alone – and to cement his place in another section of the Ligue 1 history books. In scoring his four goals Mbappe became the youngest player to score four times in one Ligue 1 match in 45 years.

He takes the record from Marc Berdoll, who scored four goals for Angers against Saint-Etienne on 24th August, 1973 at the age of just 20 years, four months and 18 days. Mbappe was 19 years, nine months and 17 days when he struck his four goals, beating the record by seven months and one day. With the World Cup winner being touted by many as a future Ballon D’Or winner, performances such as these will do his case no harm whatsoever – and if he can continue to outshine even the world’s most expensive player, he will likely become a true great at Paris Saint-Germain, assuming they are able to retain his services for a number of years.

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