Kylian Mbappe of PSG celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Nantes on March 4, 2023. Photo credit: AP
Kylian Mbappe became Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time top scorer by netting in extra time in a 4-2 win over Nantes in the French league on March 4.
By scoring the sixth and final goal of the match, Mbappe scored his 201st goal for PSG and eclipsed Edinson Cavani’s record.
A third win in a row moved PSG 11 points clear at the top of the standings, but Marquinhos’ substitution cost him late in the match.
Marquinhos was substituted with 15 minutes remaining at the Parc des Princes, suffering from back pain. He is doubtful when PSG travel to Bayern Munich on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie. Bayern lead 1-0 from the first leg.
Mbappe missed several opportunities for the milestone goal in the last five minutes. He then received a pass from Timothy Pembele, turned quickly towards goal and fired home a left-footed shot. PSG fans chanted Mbappe’s name amid fireworks and he was later presented with the trophy for the achievement.
“When I got here, I was still a young player. I’ve learned a lot here,” MBP said after his 247th game with PSG. “I play to make history, and I’ve always said that I want to do it here, in France, in his Capital I want to do. . . . This is a personal achievement but I am also here for collective achievements.
PSG led 2-0 after 16 minutes and looked set for a comfortable evening, but for the second time in a row at home, Christophe Gaultier’s men squandered a two-goal lead before overtaking. done.
After a 3-0 win at second-placed Marseille last weekend, PSG returned home to Nantes full of confidence and quickly took control with a fluid passing game.
Lionel Messi broke the deadlock in the 11th minute after connecting with Nuno Mendes’ cross with a low shot that deflected wide. PSG doubled their lead when Javin Hadjam, under pressure from Nordy Mukelli, beat his own goalkeeper with a poor clearance.
Nantes needed individual brilliance from Ludovic Blass to pull one back. Set on the left, the attacking midfielder stunned Gianluigi Donnarumma with a shot from a tight angle as the Italy goalkeeper expected a cross and was a little slow to react in the 30th.
Ignatius Ganago equalized in the 37th after a corner when the ball went off his back.
Nantes defended well and played boldly after the break. Both teams had space and chances and PSG took the lead on the hour mark. Danilo Pereira headed home Mbappe’s cross, then the France striker grabbed the limelight by breaking Kiwanis’ record.
David strikes back.
Canadian forward Jonathan David scored a second-half equalizer for Lille to draw bitter rivals Lens 1-1 in the northern derby.
Davide’s 16th goal of the season — Mbappe’s second — came in the second half when goalkeeper Bryce Samba denied consecutive efforts from Jonathan Bamba and Remy Kabila in the box. With 50 goals in all competitions for Lille in less than three seasons, David moved level with Eden Hazard as Lille’s top scorer in the 21st century.
Lens moved up to third, one point above Monaco, which is played on Sunday. Lille finished sixth, six points behind Lens.