Paris Saint-Germain 2-3 Nice: Terem Moffi scores twice for visitors as they stun French giants – as Kylian Mbappe’s brace isn’t enough to stop hosts from suffering their first defeat this season
- Kylian Mbappe scored twice to close the gap late on in the closely-fought match
- Nigerian forward Terem Moffi also scored twice in impressive display from Nice
- Mbappe had an uncertain summer at the French side, but has extended contract
Nice forward Terem Moffi scored two goals and earned an assist to help his side to a 3-2 win at Paris St Germain in Ligue 1 on Friday, condemning the hosts to their first defeat of the season.
Nice striker Terem Moffi opened the scoring, though the French star Mbappe later levelled the scoring to 1-1 heading into half-time.
Into the second half, the visitors came out strong and Gaetan Laborde nabbed a second for his team. Their lead was doubled when Moffi hit a brace, putting the visitors 3-1 ahead.
Mbappe secured a late brace with an 87th minute volley from Kolo Muani’s deep cross, looping in a volley over Nice keeper Marcin Bulka.
Mbappe looked deflated despite scoring a brace as his side lost in a 3-2 defeat at home
Nice forward Terem Moffi scored two goals and earned an assist to help his side to a 3-2 win at Paris St Germain in Ligue 1 on Friday, condemning the hosts to their first defeat of the season
Nigerian forward Terem Moffi secured a brace too, though was carded for his celebration
PSG: (4-3-3) Donnarumma, Hakimi, Pereira, Skriniar, Hernandez, Zaire-Emery, Soler, Vitinha, Dembele, Ramos, K. Mbappe
Goalscorers: K. Mbappe (29, 87)
Subs: Navas, Ugarte (64), Marquinhos, Kolo Muani (64), Ndour, Barcola (67), E. Mbappe, Tenas, Kurzawa
Nice: (4-3-3) Bulka, Lotomba, Todibo, Dante, Bard, Sanson, Ndayishimiye, Thuram, Laborde, Moffi, Diop
Goalscorers: Moffi (21, 68), Laborde (53)
Subs: Boga (80), Rosario (87), Perraud (79), Atal, Bouanani, Balde, Boudaoui (71), Guessand (71), Boulhendi
PSG, who on Tuesday host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, could have provisionally topped the standings with a win but slipped down to third on eight points.
They are one point behind second-placed Nice, still unbeaten in the 2023-24 campaign, and two points off leaders AS Monaco, who travel to Lorient on Sunday.
‘Nice were a very difficult team, with a very attractive game plan,’ coach Luis Enrique said. ‘Physically, I think they were superior to us and then they were very good in all counterattack situations.’
PSG were in control in the first half and Ousmane Dembele struck early towards the top far corner only to be denied by Nice keeper Marcin Bulka, seconds after Kylian Mbappe was blocked inside the box.
But the game saw a quick turnaround when Moffi put Nice in front in the 21st minute, netting low inside the near post.
The visitors’ joy lasted just under 10 minutes, though, and Bulka could only claw at the ball when Mbappe smashed it in from the edge of the box to draw PSG level just before the half-hour mark.
The Parisians regained the momentum and could have earned the lead before halftime when Dembele sent a pass across the face of the goal but Mbappe was late to bundle it into the net with a sliding tackle.
Instead, forward Gaetan Laborde restored the lead for Nice after the break from close range, capitalising on an excellent ball control and a pass from tight angle by Moffi.
Gianluigi Donnarumma saved the hosts from conceding a quick third when Sofiane Diop took a chance from close range, but the PSG keeper was powerless when Moffi tricked PSG defense to make it 3-1 with a low shot in the 68th minute.
Nice are still unbeaten in the 2023-24 campaign alongside Rennes, Olympique Marseille and Monaco, who sit first in the table. AS Monaco will travel to Lorient on Sunday in a bid to stay up
PSG were in control in the first half as Ousmane Dembele struck towards the top far corner only to be denied by Marcin Bulka, seconds after Kylian Mbappe was blocked inside the box
Mbappe restored PSG’s hopes when he returned on the scoresheet three minutes from time with a shot that bounced off the ground before making it inside the far post
Mbappe restored PSG’s hopes when he returned on the scoresheet three minutes from time with a shot that bounced off the ground before making it inside the far post.
The hosts stormed Nice’s box in stoppage time but lacked time and precision to rescue a draw. ‘It was a great Nice team in front of us,’ substitute Randal Kolo Muani said.
‘They managed to keep calm, play their football and then score goals.’ PSG did not lose any of their previous 13 home matches against Nice in all competitions.
Nice, meanwhile, are one of four teams still unbeaten in the top-flight along with Rennes, Olympique de Marseille and Monaco this season.
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