April 1, 2023

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Mbappe became Saint-Germain’s historic top scorer

Kylian Mbappe scored a historic goal for Paris Saint-Germain to temporarily secure his side’s lead in the French Football League by 11 points with a 4-2 win at home to Nantes on Saturday.

Mbappe, 24, scored his 201st goal for Saint-Germain in all competitions within two minutes of stoppage time and broke the tie with Edinson Cavani.

The club organized a small celebration after the final whistle, which included raising a large picture of Mbappe at the Parc des Princes stadium.

Mbappe said: “It’s very special to be here. I spoke here last time about my stay (after extending my contract) and it’s an honor to be the club’s historic top scorer. To be a player at Saint-Germain and to play in this historic shirt at the biggest club in France. A privilege.

Saint-Germain, who host Bayern Munich next week, looked to make up for a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie as Lionel Messi and John made it 2-0 up inside 17 minutes. Hadjam by mistake.

Nantes equalized before the break thanks to goals from Ludovic Blas and Ignatius Janago.

However, coach Christophe Galtier’s side scored full points after Danilo’s goal and Mbappe’s late strike took his tally to 63 points from 26 games.

Second-placed Olympique de Marseille will visit Stade Rennes on Sunday.

It was a dream start for St Germain when Messi opened the scoring after 12 minutes when he headed home Fabian Ruiz’s cross directly with his left foot.

Five minutes later, goalkeeper Alban Lafon blocked Nuno Mendes’ effort, but the ball hit Hadjam under pressure from Nordy Mugel to score an own goal to put the hosts 2-0 up.

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But in the 31st minute Blass slotted a tricky ball past Gianluigi Donnarumma to reduce the deficit, then Janako equalized seven minutes before the end of the first half.

Saint-Germain regained the lead in the last quarter of an hour with a Danilo header after a cross from Saint-Germain before the France striker scored his record goal with his left foot inside the penalty area.

Saint-Germain had a great evening, but it was marred by the substitution of Mokele with an ankle problem, while Marquinhos, the heart of the defence, went to the dressing room in the 75th minute, possibly with a back problem.

Earlier in the day, Lens’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered another blow when they were held to a 1-1 draw with Lille.

Although Lance are currently third on 51 points after a draw, the team have only won one of their last seven league matches and look threatened by their pursuers Monaco and Stade Rennes. Lance went ahead with a goal on a Jose Fonte error. David equalized after the break.