Kylian Mbappe kept calm as second-place Lens beat PSG 3-1 to cut the Ligue 1 holders’ lead in the table to four points.
Surrounded by three defenders, Kylian Mbappe made a stunning effort from the top of the 18-yard box.
He leaned to his left, turned to one side, and tried to turn to the other. But in all his rotation, he lost the ball, and a flurry of opposing defenders converged to punch it. PSG’s star striker returned in frustration, while Lens regained possession.
It was one of many bad moments for Mbappe, who found himself covered by a scruffy opponent. With Lionel Messi still out of the squad and Neymar suspended, PSG needed their star striker. But the Ligue 1 leaders never got him into the game, while Lens wreaked havoc at the break, stealing a 3-1 win to cut Les Parisians’ lead in the table to four points.
Lens opened the scoring less than five minutes later when Przemislav Frankovski fired home from close range. But PSG responded shortly after, with Hugo Ekitike pouncing on a loose ball before finishing from a tight angle. Star man Lois Opanda made it 2-1 for the hosts after 20 minutes, beating two defenders and pressing the ball under Donnarumma to complete a fluid counter-attack.
Lens continued to build on the advantage in the second half and made it a third shortly after the break. Massadio Haidera dispossessed Fabian in front of the PSG box, before feeding Obanda, who bounced back to easily finish the ball into the path of Alexis Claude. PSG manager Christophe Galtier responded with a series of substitutions, but with a thin bench, he saw his replacements fail to provide any sort of lift to his side. Mbappe never got into the game and PSG ran out of options as they fell to a convincing defeat.