Enjoy the complete match recap and highlights for the thrilling clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier. Witness the action from France’s Ligue 1 2023/2024 season, Matchday 11, which took place on Friday, November 3, 2023, with a kick-off at 20:00 GMT. The game was officiated by the esteemed referee Ruddy Buquet, hailing from France, and it unfolded at the iconic Parc des Princes stadium in the heart of Paris.
PSG vs Montpellier Full Match Reports
Paris Saint-Germain extended their remarkable streak of triumphs against Montpellier to ten games, securing their eighth consecutive home league victory as they outclassed their opponents with a resounding 3-0 win at the Parc des Princes, catapulting them to the summit of Ligue 1 (L1).
Montpellier’s recent seven away league encounters have shared a common theme: one team leading at halftime, and this match adhered to that pattern. PSG entered the second half with a 1-0 lead, courtesy of Lee Kang-in, who inaugurated his L1 scoring account ten minutes into the game. The South Korean uncorked a left-footed shot into the top corner following Kylian Mbappé’s artful dummy of Achraf Hakimi’s cross.
Ousmane Dembélé displayed remarkable verve for the home team in the first half, consistently outmaneuvering his marker on the wing and unleashing goal-bound strikes, one of which was adeptly parried by Benjamin Lecomte at his near post. The visitors’ sole significant opportunity of the half was presented to Téji Savanier within the first two minutes, but his attempt was admirably blocked by Nordi Mukiele, making his first start of the season.
Nonetheless, PSG asserted their dominance in the second half, rapidly doubling their lead before the one-hour mark. Warren Zaïre-Emery, following his goal against Brest the previous week, struck again, capitalizing on Dembélé’s exquisite backheel. Merely minutes later, the lead swelled to 3-0 as substitute Vitinha, with his first touch, found the back of the net, with Hakimi collecting yet another assist. PSG were denied a fourth goal in stoppage time when another substitute, Gonçalo Ramos, headed the ball into the net from Mbappé’s delicate flick, only for it to be disallowed due to offside.
Luis Enrique must have been particularly pleased to maintain a substantial lead this time, after almost squandering a comfortable advantage against Brest. The outcome highlights PSG’s recent prolificacy, as they have scored three or more goals in each of their last five competitive matches, now holding the position of L1’s leading goal scorers. Meanwhile, MHSC failed to break their Friday curse, having not secured a victory in L1 on a Friday for four years, leaving Michel Der Zakarian’s side in 11th place.
Man of the Match: Ousmane Dembélé (Paris Saint-Germain).