Mbappe shines again in PSG victory over Guingamp

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Kylian Mbappe scored twice on his return from winning the World Cup with France as Paris St-Germain fought back to beat Guingamp 3-1 in Ligue 1.

The 19-year-old came off the bench to claim a brace in the final eight minutes after Neymar had drawn PSG level with a penalty on 52 minutes.

Mbappe, rested forย last week’s opener against Caen,ย had come on at half-time.

He scored four goals at this summer’s World Cup on his way to being crowned Fifa’s young player of the tournament.

Mbappe slotted his first goal neatly to the right of Karl-Johan Johnsson on 82 minutes, before a delightful chip over the Guingamp goalkeeper secured the three points for Thomas Tuchel’s men.

However, Mbappe gave credit to Neymar after his goal and assist to seal the 3 points for the French champions.

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“Neymar is a superstar, more than me. He worked a lot in Barcelona for that,” Mbappe told Canal+. “With a goal and an assist, it is not bad either. I try to bring what I can and help the team win.”

Mbappe also said he was prepared to leave the highs of the World Cup win behind as PSG focus on the new season.

“We won, we celebrated but football continues, my career begins, I have very high goals with Paris, with the team of France and at the individual level,” he said. We don’t have time to sit around.”

The result ensures PSG maintain their winning start to the season, despite the Ligue 1 champions finding themselves a goal behind after 20 minutes through Nolan Roux’s opener.

Giungamp thought they had a second goal before the break, but Nicolas Benezet’s header was ruled out following a VAR review for a foul in the buildup.

“There are two disappointments. The first is the first half where we can return to the locker room with 2-0,” Guingamp boss Antoine Kombouare said. “Afterwards, it’s up to the referee and we saw that it was against us.

“And the second disappointment is to have [conceded] the goal too early. That they scored very quickly [after half-time], it gave us a blow on the head.

“And after, what we can see is that we had given a lot in the first half, we left a lot of strength, and in the second half with their mastery, offensively it hurt us very much and they could do what it takes to score three goals.”

Guingamp president Bertrand Desplat was furious at the VAR decision.

“Above all, I’ll say it wasn’t a great night for video refereeing,” Desplat said. “You can see there’s an enormous amount of progress to be made and French refereeing will have to get quickly up to speed, because you can’t ruin great evenings like this.”

After the match, PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who made his debut last weekend, swapped shirts with Guingamp’s Marcus Thuram – the 21-year-old son of Lilian Thuram.

Lilian – the French national team’s most-capped player with 142 appearances – played alongside Buffon at both Parma and Juventus, winning Serie A together twice and playing in the 2003 Champions League final.

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