Kylian Mbappe scored twice for the second sport in a row however picked up a thigh damage as Paris Saint-Germain climbed high of Ligue 1 on Saturday with a 3-1 victory at Metz.
The France striker was rested for the midweek cup rout of Angers and returned to bolster PSG’s title hopes as he netted both aspect of Fabien Centonze’s equaliser to ship the defending champions above Lille.
Nevertheless, Mbappe was substituted within the closing minutes with a closely strapped thigh, a worrying signal for PSG forward of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at dwelling to Manchester Metropolis.
Mauro Icardi sealed the victory with a penalty a minute from time.
“He took a knock to his quad, it is a lifeless leg. We do not assume it is something critical,” Pochettino instructed Canal Plus, taking part in down considerations Mbappe may miss the Metropolis sport.
“Kylian was calm and relaxed. We hope it is simply soreness.”
PSG are actually two factors away from Lille, who go to fourth-placed Lyon on Sunday whereas Monaco, the shape aspect within the second half of the season, are 4 factors again forward of their journey to Angers.
Neymar was restored to the line-up after serving a two-match ban for his purple card towards Lille, whereas Marco Verratti made his first begin in over a month following a optimistic Covid-19 take a look at.
Having scored twice within the dramatic 3-2 win over Saint-Etienne final weekend, Mbappe gave PSG the lead inside 5 minutes as he ran onto Ander Herrera’s chipped go and fired in by way of the put up.
Centonze examined Keylor Navas as Metz sought to snap a run of 9 successive league defeats by PSG, and the full-back levelled early within the second half by heading in Farid Boulaya’s cross.
Pape Matar Sarr was then denied by Navas earlier than PSG punished Metz for dropping the ball deep of their half, as Mbappe drilled in with assistance from a deflection from 20 yards.
Metz goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja made a implausible reflex cease to thwart Leandro Paredes and Herrera rattled the woodwork, with Boulaya then racing again to clear Mbappe’s dinked effort off the road.
Mbappe was changed by Julian Draxler after showing to harm his thigh, and Icardi gained and transformed a late penalty to make it 5 objectives in three video games for the Argentine.
– Followers protest in Bordeaux –
Some 1,000 Bordeaux supporters protested in entrance of town’s city corridor on Saturday demanding the resignation of president Frederic Longuepee, accusing him of plunging the membership out of business.
Bordeaux, the six-time French champions based in 1881, had been warned this week they might exit of enterprise after their American house owners mentioned they wished to tug the plug.
American funding fund King Avenue introduced Thursday it was divesting itself of Bordeaux due to “the financial context linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and the withdrawal of (broadcast group) Mediapro (which) brought about an unprecedented drop in revenues for French soccer golf equipment.”
“His mere presence is dangerous, he has to resign. So long as he is right here we will be unable to rebuild,” mentioned Florian Brunet and Laurent Perpigna, spokesmen for the membership’s Ultramarines supporter group.
Whereas King Avenue has appointed an administrator to hunt out new funding, Bordeaux mayor Pierre Hurmic mentioned town is “concerned within the selection of the long run purchaser” of the membership.
Thirty years in the past Bordeaux had been relegated from the top-flight for administrative causes.