Mauro Icardi shows he can score without Neymar and Mbappe

    Paris Saint-Germain returned to the winning ways in Ligue 1, securing a 2-1 away win over the newly-promoted Brest side on Saturday afternoon

    Severely weakened by the absences of headline performers Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, Thomas Tuchel’s men headed to Brest looking to bounce back after a dismal 2-1 away loss to Dijon last time out.

    Angel Di Maria connected with an inch-perfect pass from Julian Draxler to break the deadlock at the Stade Francis-Le Blé in the 39th minute and put the visitors on the front foot at halftime.

    However, the Parisians were punished for Edinson Cavani’s wastes in the final third, as Samuel Grandsir leveled the score in the 72nd minute.

    Eight minutes after the hosts netted the equalizer, Tuchel made three changes, one of which saw him replace the struggling Cavani with the in-form Mauro Icardi.

    It took the Argentinean only five minutes on the pitch to showcase his goal-poaching skills, taking advantage of the confusion in Brest’s six-yard box to help the visitors wrap up three points.

    PSG, therefore, extended their lead over second-placed Angers to ten points, although Les Scoïstes do have a game in hand on the reigning holders.

    The Inter Milan loanee has now scored five goals in six top-flight appearances for the perennial champions, taking his goalscoring tally to nine in all competitions this season.

    Icardi has, in fact, inflicted the first Ligue 1 home defeat on Brest, who boasted a solid home record of three wins and three draws ahead of the kick-off.

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