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Kylian Mbappe scores on PSG debut in win at Metz

Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe
How many goals will Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe score in France this season?

Kylian Mbappe scored on his debut for Paris St-Germain as the Ligue 1 leaders maintained their perfect start to the season with a 5-1 win at Metz.

The 18-year-old - who will cost PSG 180m euros (£165.7m) when he makes his loan move from Monaco permanent next summer - impressed throughout alongside the world's most expensive player Neymar.

But bottom-of-the-table Metz were holding their own at 1-1 until former Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto was questionably sent off for fouling Mbappe.

That was the turning point as Mbappe then drilled home from 20 yards to put Unai Emery's side back ahead.

Neymar, Edinson Cavani's second of the game and a tap-in for substitute Lucas added some gloss to the eventual scoreline.

The defeat leaves Metz without a point this season, while champions Monaco have the chance to draw level with PSG at the top when they travel to Nice on Saturday.

A nice problem to have

When record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic left PSG for Manchester United in 2016 after scoring 156 goals in 180 games, fans of the club may have wondered where the goals were going to come from.

That is not a problem a year on. With Neymar - a £200m signing from Barcelona - joining Mbappe and Julian Draxler behind Cavani, and Lucas, Angel di Maria, Dani Alves, Hatem Ben Arfa, Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore not even in the staring XI, Emery is not short of options.

Mbappe ended last season in electric form for Monaco and scored his first goal for France during the international break, becoming the country's youngest goalscorer in 54 years.

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani's place may be under threat but the Uruguayan has already scored seven times this season

His PSG career started in similar fashion. He could have opened the scoring when Cavani rounded Metz goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, with the ball running into his path, but avoided any conflict by allowing the Uruguayan to score.

He then delivered a wonderful cross from the left with the outside of his right foot which Cavani should have buried, before former Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere headed in after some poor defending.

Assou-Ekotto can count himself extremely unlucky to see red for a sliding tackle on Mbappe which cleanly won the ball, and his departure did for Metz. Mbappe hammered in a low shot from the edge of the area when his own ball forward was not dealt with, and the Metz defence then backed away from Neymar who curled in his fourth goal in four games from 25 yards.

Scruffy goals from Cavani and Lucas were added as the Metz defence tired. Celtic are the next team to face Mbappe, Neymar and co when they travel to Glasgow on Tuesday night.

Celtic beat Hamilton 4-1 on Friday night, with Odsonne Edouard - on loan from PSG - scoring on his debut.

Line-ups

Metz

  • 16Kawashima
  • 25Balliu
  • 6Bisevac
  • 21Niakhate
  • 32Assou-EkottoBooked at 55mins
  • 23Philipps
  • 26Ribeiro DiasSubstituted forUdolat 61'minutes
  • 9RouxSubstituted forFernándezat 76'minutes
  • 24Cohade
  • 17Dossevi
  • 29RivièreSubstituted forNguetteat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Didillon
  • 3Diagne
  • 5Poblete
  • 8Jouffre
  • 10Fernández
  • 11Nguette
  • 12Udol

PSG

  • 16Areola
  • 12Meunier
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 17Berchiche Izeta
  • 8MottaSubstituted forLo Celsoat 78'minutes
  • 25RabiotSubstituted forNkunkuat 84'minutes
  • 23DraxlerBooked at 41mins
  • 29Mbappé
  • 10Neymar
  • 9CavaniSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Trapp
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 7Lucas Moura
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 20Kurzawa
  • 24Nkunku
  • 32Alves da Silva
Referee:
Sébastien Desiage
Attendance:
25,015

Match Stats

Home TeamMetzAway TeamPSG
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home8
Away23
Shots on Target
Home1
Away12
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Metz 1, Paris Saint Germain 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Metz 1, Paris Saint Germain 5.

Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthieu Udol (Metz).

Foul by Christopher Nkunku (Paris Saint Germain).

Iván Balliu (Metz) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain).

Mathieu Dossevi (Metz) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Metz 1, Paris Saint Germain 5. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) hits the right post with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Thomas Meunier.

Attempt missed. Moussa Niakhate (Metz) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Brian Fernández with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Metz. Conceded by Christopher Nkunku.

Attempt blocked. Brian Fernández (Metz) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Dossevi.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Christopher Nkunku replaces Adrien Rabiot.

Corner, Metz. Conceded by Neymar.

Corner, Metz. Conceded by Yuri.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Giovani Lo Celso replaces Thiago Motta.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Lucas Moura replaces Edinson Cavani.

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Neymar tries a through ball, but Julian Draxler is caught offside.

Offside, Metz. Mathieu Dossevi tries a through ball, but Brian Fernández is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Metz. Brian Fernández replaces Nolan Roux.

Goal!

Goal! Metz 1, Paris Saint Germain 4. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kylian Mbappe.

Attempt missed. Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Neymar.

Attempt saved. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Metz 1, Paris Saint Germain 3. Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adrien Rabiot.

Attempt blocked. Chris Philipps (Metz) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Dossevi.

Attempt saved. Yuri (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neymar.

Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Adrien Rabiot with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Meunier with a cross.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Moussa Niakhate.

Attempt blocked. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Kylian Mbappe tries a through ball, but Yuri is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Metz. Matthieu Udol replaces Cafú.

Offside, Metz. Moussa Niakhate tries a through ball, but Nolan Roux is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Metz 1, Paris Saint Germain 2. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Julian Draxler (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yuri.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain) because of an injury.

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Dismissal

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Metz) is shown the red card.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 8th September 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG55001931615
2Monaco44001441012
3Bordeaux52309639
4Saint-Étienne43015329
5Lyon42209458
6Marseille421167-17
7Angers41306426
8Caen42023216
9Guingamp420256-16
10Toulouse4202811-36
11Lille512246-25
12Troyes411245-14
13Montpellier411234-14
14Strasbourg411247-34
15Nantes411214-34
16Dijon4112510-54
17Nice410336-33
18Amiens410337-43
19Rennes402268-22
20Metz5005212-100
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