Unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain reclaimed top spot in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win over Brest on Saturday evening.
Nuno Mendes and Marquinhos dropped out from PSG’s eleven that edged Juventus in the UEFA Champions League and allowed Juan Bernat and Danilo Pereira to come in.
In a pretty even start, Brest enjoyed a bit of confidence earlier on and could’ve gone ahead from an effort at the back-post by Islam Slimani following a counter but he didn’t connect.
PSG regained courage thereafter and threatened too when Bernat teed-up Kylian Mbappe on the left of the area before the Frenchman went and snapped the delivery over target from close-range.
However, the Parisans showcased their star quality on the half-hour mark as Neymar Junior received a clever pass from Lionel Messi and found the bottom-corner just after Brest had a dismissal overturned.
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PSG enjoyed the ascendancy at this point and should’ve made it two from a loose attempt in the box by Messi, but goalkeeper Marco Bizot scrambled away.
The Parisans looked for a second just after halftime and came close when Messi headed a teasing cross from Mbappe off the base of the post with the defence in no man’s land.
Just like the first half, the pace of the match in the second period dropped a bit with possession turned over repeatedly by the Parisans and Brest as Fabian Ruiz replaced Marco Verratti.
Brest could’ve had a comeback from the spot midway in the second half after Presnel Kimpembe conceded a foul in the box, but Slimani ended up missing the spot-kick.
Kimpembe’s disappointing outing continued late on when he mistimed a cross that fell into the path of Slimani, who then worked a smart save off Gianluigi Donnarumma.
PSG though experienced no problems and comfortably managed the closing minutes to see out the win at the end.