Paris Saint-Germain were back at the Parc des Princes on Sunday looking to get back to winning ways against Bordeaux. Also Read - Lionel Messi, Neymar and Other South American Footballers to Get Chinese Coronavirus Vaccines
The Rouge-et-Bleu took control from the off. Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani, Neymar Jr and Angel Di Maria all had early opportunities, but the visitors struck first when Hwang Ui-Jo headed home a corner Also Read - Kylian Mbappe Scores Twice as PSG Beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in Champions League Thriller
Spurred into a response, Thomas Tuchel’s men hit back. Cavani had a powerful header turned over by Benoît Costil (22′), who was helpless when the Uruguayan – connecting with another Angel Di Maria cross – sent another header goalwards shortly afterwards (1-1, 24′). The Parc des Princes rose to its feet as one to fete El Matador’s 200th competitive goal for the club. Also Read - Neymar Puts Brake on PSG Contract Renewal in Desire to Play With Lionel Messi Again at Barcelona
A Cavani flick hit a post (29′) and two Mbappé shots were saved (30′, 41′) before Marquinhos put the hosts ahead. The Brazil international chested home Di Maria’s free-kick from wide on the right in stoppage time at the end of the first half (2-1, 45+2′). But Bordeaux were still level at the break as Pablo blocked an attempted clearance by Sergio Rico, sending the ball into the net (2-2, 45+6′).
Both teams pressed after the interval. Marquinhos cleared a Samuel Kalu effort off the line, before Sergio Rico turned aside a Pablo header (56′). Marquinhos then dealt with the threat of Nicolas De Préville before finding the net after a goalmouth scramble provoked by a Cavani header (3-2, 63′).
The Paris number 9 fizzed a shot just wide (67′) before Cavani was involved in a fine team move that ended with Mbappé giving them a two-goal cushion (4-2, 68′). El Matador had another chance before receiving a standing ovation when he was taken off (75′).
There were chances at both ends in the closing stages, and Ruben Pardo pulled one back with a powerful shot (4-3, 83′). The Parisians had a Mauro Icardi goal disallowed for offside (87′) before they were reduced to ten men as Neymar Jr was sent off (90+2′).
At the end of a game in which the duo tallied 35 shots, Paris strengthened their position at the top of the table, extending their lead to 13 points.