Mbappé brace secures comeback win for PSG at Guingamp

Kylian Mbappé came off the bench to score two goals for PSG. (Reuters pic)

GUINGAMP: World Cup winner Kylian Mbappé scored twice as champions Paris Saint-Germain completed a second-half comeback to secure a 3-1 win over Guingamp in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Belgium international Thomas Meunier returned to a youthful PSG side while Mbappé was benched, as the visitors’ quest for two wins in as many games got off to a poor start.

Guingamp held their own in front of a vociferous home crowd in the first half and forced an impressive save from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to deny Marcus Thuram in the 14th minute.

Guingamp winger Marcus Coco capitalised on PSG right back Colin Dagba’s error and played in striker Nolan Roux, who slotted past Buffon to give the hosts a shock lead.

Guingamp continued to pile on the pressure as PSG struggled with defensive errors and lacked attacking fluidity.

France international Mbappé replaced Timothy Weah at the start of the second half as PSG took control of the match, with Neymar winning a penalty in the 53rd minute and converting it to equalise.

A resurgent PSG then dominated proceedings and created numerous chances before éscored his opening goal of the season in the 82nd minut,e and he soon doubled his tally to seal the win

Striker Radamel Falcao missed a penalty as a wasteful AS Monaco were held to a goalless draw with LOSC Lille in their first home league match of the season.

Monaco, the only team to win the league title other than PSG in the last five seasons, failed to convert their chances in the opening half, while Lille rarely troubled Diego Benaglio’s goal.

Skipper Falcao, who notched a goal and an assist in Monaco’s opening victory at Nantes, missed the hosts’ best chance in the 67th minute, when he won a penalty but failed to convert it as Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan pulled off a good save.

Monaco continued to push for a breakthrough but Lille held on to secure a point.

PSG top the standings, followed by Dijon and Stade Reims, who climbed to third after Friday’s 1-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais.

Monaco and Lille are fourth and fifth respectively, while a second consecutive defeat left Guingamp in 17th position.