Soccer-Ten-man PSG extend lead at top of table with win at Le Havre

soccer-ten-man psg extend lead at top of table with win at le havre

Soccer Football – France – Ligue 1 – Le Havre v Paris St Germain – Stade Oceane, Le Havre, France – December 3, 2023 Paris St Germain’s Vitinha celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Stephanie Lecocq

LE HAVRE (Reuters) -Ten-man Paris St Germain claimed their seventh consecutive Ligue 1 win with a 2-0 victory at Le Havre on Sunday and stretched their lead at the top of the standings despite an early red card for their keeper.

soccer-ten-man psg extend lead at top of table with win at le havre

Soccer Football – France – Ligue 1 – Le Havre v Paris St Germain – Stade Oceane, Le Havre, France – December 3, 2023 Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe shakes hands with the officials after the match REUTERS/Stephanie Lecocq

PSG move to 33 points, four points clear of Nice who fell to their first defeat in a 1-0 loss at Nantes on Saturday, while Le Havre remain ninth on 16 points.

Gianluigi Donnarumma saw red in the 10th minute, the Italian coming out of his area to deal with a goal kick which sent Josue Casimir through on goal, but his mistimed attempt at a clearance caught the Nantes player in the head.

Luis Enrique sent on substitute keeper Arnau Tenas for his first PSG appearance in place of forward Bradley Barcola having already been forced into a change by an injury to Fabian Ruiz just minutes earlier.

soccer-ten-man psg extend lead at top of table with win at le havre

Soccer Football – France – Ligue 1 – Le Havre v Paris St Germain – Stade Oceane, Le Havre, France – December 3, 2023 Paris St Germain’s Vitinha celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Stephanie Lecocq

PSG regained their composure and Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when he collected a pass from Ousmane Dembele on the edge of the area, took a touch to control and a step back before curling his shot in off the post.

Tenas kept PSG in front with a string of fine saves as the home side piled on the pressure in the second half, including a double save by the substitute at close range from Mohamed Bayo in the 58th minute.

soccer-ten-man psg extend lead at top of table with win at le havre

Soccer Football – France – Ligue 1 – Le Havre v Paris St Germain – Stade Oceane, Le Havre, France – December 3, 2023 Paris St Germain’s Arnau Tenas and Lee Kang-in celebrate after the match REUTERS/Stephanie Lecocq

The visitors wrapped up all three points in the 89th minute when a shot from Vitinha ricocheted off Le Havre defender Gautier Lloris and over the keeper.

soccer-ten-man psg extend lead at top of table with win at le havre

Soccer Football – France – Ligue 1 – Le Havre v Paris St Germain – Stade Oceane, Le Havre, France – December 3, 2023 Paris St Germain’s Arnau Tenas and Nordi Mukiele celebrate after the match REUTERS/Stephanie Lecocq

(Reporting by Trevor Stynes, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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