French Ligue 1
Result: Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Angers
Date: 14 March 2018
Venue: Parc de Princes
Kylian Mbappe continues to shine in Neymar's absence as he netted a brace to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-1 win over Angers in Ligue 1 on Wednesday night.
Mbappe gave the Parisians the lead in the 12th minute with a simple tap-in following a clever lofted pass from Julian Draxler, 1-0.
Four minutes later, Unai Emery’s charges were reduced to ten men as Thiago Motta was shown a straight red card for dangerous challenge on Romain Thomas.
However, despite going a man down the hosts doubled their lead in the 26th minute through Mbappe., who grabbed his brace by turning home Layrin Kurzawa's cross.
Ángel di Maria almost got the third goal for the home side four minutes before the break with a powerful header inside the box but he could not find the target.
The score remained 2-0 to the home side, as Angers struggled to fashion any clear cut openings.
After a quiet start to the half, Mbappe squandered a glorious chance for the Parisians four minutes before the hour but sent his header wide at the near post from close range.
in the 70th minute, Marco Verratti had the ball in the back of the net for PSG, but the Italian's strike was ruled out for offside.
Karl Toko Ekambi pulled a goal back for the visitors 15 minutes before time with a low strike from close range after latching onto a pass from Flavien Tait.
Despite a late push from the visitors, Emery's charges managed to see out the rest of the second half to claim the win.
PSG have now opened up 17-point gap at the top of the Ligue 1 standings.