Decisive on three of the four Parisian goals against Lyon (2-4), Sunday March 21, Kylian Mbappé set the record straight. Like his team, struggling against the top 4 since the start of the season, the French international raised the tone at Groupama Stadium, and reached the symbolic bar of 100 goals in Ligue 1. Auspicious before the final rush awaiting PSG, not to mention the Euro with the Blues.
His banner on the left lane from the 6th minute of the match between Lyon and PSG, Sunday March 21, was indeed a warning. Leaving Marcelo and Mattia De Sciglio in place with his speed, Kylian Mbappé dropped a perfect cross for Moise Kean in the box. Without a superb save from Anthony Lopes, the Parisians would have taken the advantage on their first opportunity.
Never mind, it was only a postponement for the French international. It was only the start of his XXL performance – undoubtedly the first against a big league this season – which brought OL down in his garden.
No, Paris had never shone since the start of the season against the top 4 until then. Whether against Monaco (3-2 and 2-0 defeats), Lille (0-0) or Lyon (1-0 defeat), the reigning French champions had never managed to enforce their rank during the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Mbappé, despite his double against the Monegasques last November – including a penalty – was also unable to carry his team to victory.
So when, in the 15th minute, he came to give his team the advantage after a supersonic sequence in the Lyon area and a strike from the left between the legs of Lopes (1-0), it is a feeling of relief that s ‘is read on his face. Evidenced by his angry cry, turned towards his bench, after his 99th achievement in Ligue 1.
At the half-hour mark, it was again he who overran the right lane and to bring the action of the second goal of Danilo Pereira (2-0, 32nd). The number 7 of the PSG, left surprisingly free, put to the torment De Sciglio and Cornet on the corridors. Before putting a final highlight on the show in the second period.
Upon returning from the locker room, Angel Di Maria was responsible for adding to the bill on an off-center free kick (3-0, 47th). Five minutes later, the dragster Kylian Mbappé, perfectly launched by Marco Verratti, took care of everything on a backlash to fold the case (4-0, 52nd). At 22, the league’s top scorer (20 goals in 25 matches) has already reached the 100 goals mark in Ligue 1. All this in just 142 top-flight matches: 41 with Monaco (16 goals) and 101 with Paris (84 goals).
The reduction in the Lyonnais’ score and his exit in the 70th minute for the benefit of his colleague Neymar will not change the impression the French has left for a few weeks. His four achievements against Barça in the round of 16 of the Champions League, his double against Lille in the middle of the week in the Coupe de France, this new double against Lyon … The one that was still said to be extinct at the beginning of year silences its (rare) opponents one by one. Mbappé has found his fiery legs. Mauricio Pochettino – in view of the final rush with PSG in Ligue 1, C1 and Coupe de France – and Didier Deschamps – in anticipation of the Euro this summer – wear a broad smile.