Witness the complete replay and highlights of the PSG vs Nantes match. This electrifying event is part of the France Ligue 1 2023/2024 season, specifically Matchday 15. The action kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, Dec 9, 2023. The match will be officiated by referee Jérôme Brisard of France at the renowned Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Don’t miss out on this epic showdown!
PSG vs Nantes Full Match Reports
Bradley Barcola, making his 14th appearance for Paris Saint-Germain, finally graced the scoresheet with a delightful finish against Nantes, contributing to the table-topping title holders’ hard-fought 2-1 victory. Les Parisiens now enjoy a six-point lead, with the decisive goal courtesy of former Canary Randal Kolo Muani.
Despite the impending crucial UEFA Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, Kylian Mbappé showcased no signs of distraction, testing Alban Lafont with a shot within the opening 20 seconds. On the opposing end, Florent Mollet, the hero against Nice in Jocelyn Gourvennec’s managerial debut for Nantes last weekend, challenged Arnau Tenas, who made his full PSG debut due to Gianluigi Donnarumma’s suspension.
Mbappé continued to be the primary outlet, encountering a well-blocked shot from Nantes’ center-back Eray Cömert. In the first half’s midpoint, Lee Kang-in’s curled effort narrowly missed Lafont’s far post. The resistance of Nantes crumbled on the 41st minute when Barcola executed an incisive one-two with Vitinha, sprinting into the box past Marcus Coco to calmly sidefoot home.
Despite commanding possession, Luis Enrique likely desired more clear-cut opportunities before halftime. Unfortunately, Nantes leveled the proceedings on the 55th minute when Mollet’s dangerous corner met a superb leap from Mostafa Mohamed, stunning the Parc des Princes. Barcola attempted to regain PSG’s advantage but dinked over Lafont and off target. Enrique introduced 17-year-old Warren Zaïre-Emery and Ousmane Dembélé to inject urgency.
Referee Jérôme Brisard opted against awarding a penalty to Mbappé, despite apparent contact in the area. Tension mounted as an inviting Achraf Hakimi cross eluded teammates before defensive interventions by Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel and Jean-Charles Castelletto. After Jean-Kévin Duverne fouled Dembélé, Vitinha’s resulting free-kick, headed down by Lucas Hernández, was saved by Lafont, with Kolo Muani converting the rebound almost apologetically.
A wild effort from Marcos Asensio prevented a more comfortable conclusion for PSG. With added confidence, they head to Germany for their upcoming fixture, while Nantes must regroup for their match against Brest next Sunday.
Man of the Match: Vitinha (Paris Saint-Germain).