Eventful finish at Nimes as Mbappe sets up PSG win, then gets sent off
PSG are the only team with a 100% record in Ligue 1 after an eventful win at Nimes.
Kylian Mbappe scored a brilliant late goal before being sent off as Paris Saint-Germain edged to a 4-2 win at Nimes on Saturday.
The teenager eased PSG nerves with an unstoppable 77th-minute strike to put the champions back in front after the hosts had battled back from two-goals down and then hit the crossbar.
Mbappe brought down a high ball and without breaking stride, belted a shot into the roof of the net.
Prior to that, Neymar had opened the scoring and Angel Di Maria doubled the PSG lead by scoring direct from a corner.
But Nimes responded in the second half and Antonin Bobichon halved their deficit before Teji Savanier equalised from the penalty spot in the 71st-minute after a spot-kick awarded with the assistance of VAR.
Mbappe restored the PSG lead and Edinson Cavani added a fourth in stoppage time – but that was not the end of the action.
With seconds remaining, Mbappe reacted to a late challenge from Savanier and shoved the Nimes midfielder to the floor. Referee Jerome Brisard, who booked Mbappe for kicking the ball away in the first half, brought out his red card. Savanier was also sent off.
Dijon were unable to keep pace with leaders PSG by also making it four wins from four matches as they lost 2-0 at home to Caen. Enzo Crivelli and Claudio Beauvue scored the goals.
Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo was on target as Montpellier won 1-0 at Reims while it was also 1-0 at the Stade Raymond Kopa where Angers got their first points of the season. Ismael Traore netted after an hour before the hosts had Thomas Mangani sent off four minutes later.
Toulouse are up to third in the table after a 2-1 win at Guingamp, who remain bottom of the table with no points. Early goals from Max Gradel and Ibrahim Sangare put the visitors in control.
However, they were reduced to 10 men after 26 minutes when Jean-Clair Todibo was sent off. Marcus Thuram pulled a goal back just before half-time but Toulouse held on for the three points.
Nantes got their first win of the campaign with a 3-2 success at Strasbourg, who led through Ludovic Ajorque’s strike. But an own goal from Stefan Mitrovic and efforts from Evangelista Santana de Oliveira and Emiliano Sala turned the match on its head. Nuno da Costa pulled a goal back for the hosts but it was too little, too late.