Paris, 16 October 2021 (MIA/dpa) – A late penalty from Kylian Mbappe saw Paris Saint-Germain come from a goal down and beat Angers 2-1 at Parc des Princes on Friday.
Danilo Pereira’s header after 69 minutes – their first shot on target of the contest – cancelled out a deserved opening goal from Angelo Fulgini, but it looked likely that would be all PSG would muster against a side who have not beaten the capital club in 22 league meetings.
That was until the 87th minute, when Mbappe swept home from the spot after a VAR check for handball against Pierrick Capelle.
Sofiane Boufal saw a half-volley saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma as Angers carried by far the greater first-half threat despite having just 28 per cent of the ball.
Another mazy run from Boufal had PSG worried, but they did not learn their lesson, and it was the former Southampton man’s expert cross from the right that gave Fulgini an easy finish for the opening goal.
PSG’s laboured performance continued after the break as they struggled badly to get Mauro Icardi involved, with Mbappe too often guilty of trying to pick his way through the Angers defence single-handedly.
It was a more simple approach from Mbappe, a lofted left-footed cross from the right, that allowed Danilo to ghost in and nod home the equaliser.
Icardi at last had a sight of goal, and it proved decisive, his header from point-blank range striking the arm of Capelle and leading to a penalty after a VAR review.
Mbappe stepped up and slid the ball confidently to Paul Bernardoni’s left, ending his four-game goal drought in the top flight.