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Pochettino will get first win with PSG, however Lyon keep high of Ligue 1

PARIS, France (AFP) — Mauricio Pochettino celebrated his first victory as Paris Saint-Germain (OSG) coach on his residence debut yesterday as Moise Kean set the reigning champions on their technique to a 3-0 win over Brest, however Lyon stay high of Ligue 1 after drawing at Rennes.

Substitutes Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia added late objectives for PSG who would have gone high on objective distinction had Lyon not recovered from 2-0 right down to earn some extent in Rennes and prolong their unbeaten run to 16 video games.

PSG are second on the season’s midway stage, some extent behind the leaders and forward on objective distinction of third-place Lille who triumphed 1-0 at Nimes.

With Neymar nonetheless lacking it was not a classic efficiency from PSG on a freezing Parisian evening in an empty stadium — supporters are nonetheless barred from video games in France with a night-time curfew in place nationwide as a part of the struggle in opposition to coronavirus.

That meant it was by no means going to be the return to the Parc des Princes that Pochettino — who was a preferred participant for PSG twenty years in the past — would have preferred.

Nonetheless, the Argentine shall be relieved to have his first win in cost after his first sport led to a 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne in midweek.

He might now get his first piece of silverware when PSG play Marseille on Wednesday within the Champions Trophy, the French equal of a Tremendous Cup that in regular instances is the curtain-raiser to the season.

It stays to be seen if Neymar, after 4 weeks on the sidelines, shall be match for that sport, whereas defender Thilo Kehrer shall be sidelined after information of his constructive coronavirus check consequence got here shortly earlier than kick-off in opposition to Brest.

Pochettino once more began playmaker Marco Verratti in a complicated position behind central striker Kean, with the latter opening the scoring within the sixteenth minute.

Captain Marquinhos headed Angel di Maria’s nook in opposition to the put up and Kean was readily available to nod within the rebound from barely a metre out. It was his eleventh objective, and his ninth in Ligue 1, since signing on mortgage from Everton in October.

Brest, who sit in mid desk and are the most effective sides to observe in France, might have scored earlier than that however Keylor Navas clawed away Romain Faivre’s early effort for the guests.

It was solely within the closing 10 minutes that PSG ran away with the sport, as Kylian Mbappe arrange Icardi — on instead of Kean — to get the second earlier than Sarabia fired in to make it 3-0.

Lyon’s lengthy, unbeaten streak regarded set to finish as they discovered themselves two objectives down in Rennes, with Clement Grenier and Benjamin Bourigeaud scoring for the house aspect.

Nevertheless, Memphis Depay pulled one again along with his eleventh objective of the season on 79 minutes and Jason Denayer equalised shortly after.

Lille bounced again from a shock midweek residence defeat by Angers to win at Nimes, due to a first-half objective by veteran Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz.

The draw for Rennes, and a goalless draw for Marseille at Dijon, allowed Monaco to maneuver as much as fourth spot as they beat Angers 3-0, with German worldwide Kevin Volland grabbing his ninth Ligue 1 objective in-between efforts from Guillermo Maripan and Stevan Jovetic.

There have been additionally wins for Bordeaux, Reims and Strasbourg.

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