Coming into the game as clear favourites, PSG did not disappoint their fans as they beat Strasbourg with a 4-2 score-line at the Parc des Princes stadium on Saturday.
Paris dominated the game right from the start, scoring the first goal in the fourth minute as Icardi scored his second goal of the season. While Strasbourg did show patches of brilliance, the defending champions were too good for the away team, leading 3-0 in the first half. Strasbourg bounced back in style in the second half, making life difficult for the PSG defence. A valiant effort in the second half saw the away team scoring 2 goals and creating multiple chances.
Let us quickly dive into how the players of both teams performed:
Keylor Navas (GK) (4/10): A decent first half where he was not tested much was followed by a difficult second half for Navas. The Costa Rican goalkeeper conceded 2 goals, both by headers.
Achraf Hakimi (7/10): The Morocco international had a good game, creating chances for the strikers down the flanks. He combined well down the wings to stress out the Strasbourg defence wide. Moreover, his passing accuracy of 94% was the highest in the game.
Thilo Kehrer (7/10): Kehrer did well to keep the Strasbourg forward at bay in the first half. The performance faded a bit at the beginning of the second half but he ended well. Kehrer made 3 successful interceptions and 3 tackles in the game.
Presnel Kimpembe (7/10): Kimbempe had a decent game apart from a brief period when the Strasbourg forward got the better off him in the second half.
Abdou Diallo (9/10): Diallo was one of the best performers for PSG. His assist in the fourth minute gave PSG their first goal. Diallo had a passing accuracy of 85% in the game. He also put in two successful crosses and created a couple of chances.
Ander Herrera (6/10): Herrera made sure PSG had good possession but did not make much impact as far as attacking is concerned.
Georginio Wijnaldum (6/10): Dutch midfielder and former Liverpool star Wijnaldium did have a decent game, the highlight being the 3 successful take-ons.
Éric Junior Dina Ebimbe (5/10): Ebimbe had an average game, as he was unable to create much impact in the game. A yellow card in the second half saw him getting substituted in the 60th minute.
Mauro Icardi (8/10): Icardi continued his good form, scoring in the fourth minute of the game. Getting in the right position at the right time made it easy for the striker.
Kylian Mbappé (9/10): A goal and an assist, along with 2 chances created and 3 shots on target; Mbappe had a near-perfect game. The Frenchman’s speed was too much for the Strasbourg defence as he penetrated the defence with ease and created multiple chances down the flanks.
Julian Draxler (8/10): The German international could do no wrong in the game as he broke through the Strasbourg defence with ease, scoring 1 goal and assisting 1. Draxler’s strong tackles which helped PSG gain possession on multiple occasions along with his terrific penetration into the opposition defence sums up a near-perfect game for him. The performance faded in the second half before he was replaced by Sarabia.
Pablo Sarabia (8/10): Sarabia replaced Draxler in the 70th minute and scored the fourth goal for PSG in the last few minutes of the game, putting the final nail in the coffin for Strasbourg.
Danilo Pareira (6/10): Pareira came in as a substitute for Ebimbe to boost up the midfield. Danilo did a decent job and had an average outing in the midfield.
Matz Sels (GK) (5/10): Sels had a forgettable game, not only as he conceded 3 goals, but also because he was not in the right position to stop the goals on most occasions. Sels managed a couple of good saves and would like more from his defence.
Dimitri Liénard (6/10): Lienard failed to create chances across the flanks and also found it difficult to contain or block the PSG strikers in the first half. But the Strasbourg skipper upped his game in the second half and assisted the second goal for his side.
Alexander Djiku (4/10): The only red card of the game, Djiku was one of the weakest links for the away side and did not have much impact.
Ibrahima Sissoko (6/10): One of the lone bright spots in an otherwise dismal defence today, Sissoko managed to clear a number of dangerous balls, saving his side from further humiliation in the first half.
Lucas Perrin (6/10): Perrin had an average outing as he found it difficult to contain and block the PSG forward. Apart from the 3 successful interceptions, Perrin had a rather quiet game.
Karol Fila (5/10): Fila looked off-colour and had an average outing. The PSG forward was too good for the defender to make an impact in the game.
Jean-Eudes Aholou (3/10): The Strasbourg midfielder had a quiet game till he got injured a couple of minutes before half-time.
Sanjin Prcić (6/10): Prcic had a decent game in the midfield, with a passing accuracy of 87%, the highest for Strasbourg.
Jean-Ricner Bellegarde (5/10): Bellegrade had an average outing in the midfield and did not create much impact in the game.
Kevin Gameiro (8/10): Gameiro ran past the PSG defence a couple of times, creating chances, and managed to convert one in the second half. Gameiro got into the right positions more often than not, and made it difficult for the PSG defence, especially in the second half.
Ludovic Ajorque (9/10): Ajorque was hands down the top performer for Strasbourg. His speed troubled the PSG defence on multiple occasions and his goal made sure Strasbourg stay in the game till the end. A goal along with an important block and a few chances made it a good outing for Ajorque.
Adrien Thomasson (7/10): Thomasson replaced Aholou minutes before the half-time as the Strasbourg midfielder got injured. Thomasson almost immediately made an impact, creating chances down the right flank and his cross found Gameiro, who put the ball in the net.
Anthony Caci (6/10): Waris came into the field in the 63rd minute as he replaced K Fila. Caci had a decent game for the duration he played.