French Ligue 1
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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.



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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


  • 1Trapp
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 7Lucas Moura
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 20Kurzawa
  • 24Nkunku
  • 32Alves da Silva
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Metz 1, Paris Saint Germain 5.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matthieu Udol (Metz).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Christopher Nkunku (Paris Saint Germain).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain).

  8. Post update

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

  9. 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.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Metz. Conceded by Christopher Nkunku.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Metz. Conceded by Neymar.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Metz. Conceded by Yuri.

  17. Substitution

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

  18. Substitution

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

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