Denis Bwanga opened the scoring for Saint-Etienne (78) and Kylian Mbappe equaled for Saint-Germain (79), then scored the lead (87 from a penalty kick) before Roman Hamuma equalized the score for the guests (90 + 2), but the last word was Italian Mauro Icardi, who snatched a goal. Winning for Paris in the minute (90 + 5).
And by a tie on Friday night at the opening stage against its guest Montpellier, Saint-Germain reduced the difference that separates it from it to a point after they were equal before the Parisian team fell in front of a competition at home 0-1 in the previous stage.
With the absence of Brazilian Neymar and Argentine Leandro Parides for suspension, Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Brazilian defender Marquinhos and Spain’s Juan Bernat with injury, Saint-Germain began the meeting with the participation of Brazilian Ravinia in the middle, while the other Italian, Moise Kane, played a key in the attack alongside Mbappe.
Saint-Germain was the best party in the match, but he was unable to reach the net and was lucky after the ball rebounded from the left post after a free kick by Spaniard Pablo Sarabia (29) in the most prominent chances of the first half, which also witnessed a long attempt for Ravinia, the English goalkeeper Etienne Greene shone (36) .
Saint-Germain appeared helpless and missed the final touch, prompting Pochettino to push Icardi and his compatriot Angel Di Maria and Italian Marco Verratti, who had recovered from his infection with the Coronavirus.
But nothing has changed, except for some shy attempts, most notably the Italian Alessandro Florenzi, who clashed with the brilliance of goalkeeper Green (75), and then the surprise came when coach Claude Puyell’s team succeeded in snatching the lead through Gabonese substitute Denis Bwanga after a cross from Peruvian Miguel Trauco (78).
But the green team did not enjoy long progress, as Mbappe responded after seconds and equalized after a long, neat pass from Spaniard Andre Herrera (79), then snatched the goal of the advance from a penalty he snatched himself from Green and successfully translated it (87), strengthening his lead for the scorers’ ranking with 23 goals.
But the guests snatched the equalizer at a deadly time through Roman Hamuma, who was in the right place to watch the ball in the net after Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico Riqui stopped it after a long shot from Poanga (2 + 90).
The capital club was close to regaining the progress, but the left post stood in the face of a corner that took place directly on the goal Di Maria, but his compatriot Icardi compensated for this opportunity and snatched the victory with a header after a perfect cross from Di Maria in particular (5 + 90).
In other confrontations, Dijon defeated Nice (2-0), while Brest drew with Lens (1-1), Rance with Metz (0 – zero), and Nimes with Strasbourg (1-1).
Monaco, two points behind Lille
In a second match, Monaco continued to tighten its pressure on Lille and Saint-Germain, as it was two points ahead of the leaders and one point ahead of its runners-up, after its 3-0 victory at Bordeaux.
The emirate club, with its fourth successive victory and 21 this season, raised its score to 68 points in third place.
It is the fourth game in a row in which the men of the Croatian coach Niko Kovac have scored three goals or more.
Monaco opened the scoring thanks to its returning German striker Kevin Volland after a curled shot in the 29th minute, and added two goals in the second half thanks to Gelson Martins (47) and Montenegrin Stefan Jovitic in the 90th minute.
Bordeaux, who is in 16th place without any victory since March 14, tried to score the honorable goal, but Nicolas de Breville clashed with goalkeeper Benjamin Luconte in two installments (65), before acting for the latter in a shot for the first (77).
Lyon caught the lead by beating Nantes 2-1, raising its score to 67 points in fourth place, 3 points behind leaders Lille, two points behind Saint-Germain II and one point behind Monaco III.
Lyon is preparing in the best possible way for its next match at home on Wednesday against Monaco in the quarter-finals of the French Cup.
Lyon scored two goals for Dutch striker captain Memphis Depay after a pass from Brazilian Lucas Pacita, he went alone with goalkeeper Alban Lafont and hit a through ball outside his right foot in the left corner in the fifth minute.
He added the second orange scorer from the penalty spot after a mistake by goalkeeper Lafont on the Cameroonian solo Carl Tocco Ekambi after a pass in the rear from Bakita (37).
It is the eighteenth goal of the orange striker in the “League 1” this season, ahead of Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder in second place for the two scorers (17).
Depay and strengthened his third place in the ranking of the best foreign scorers in Lyon in the league, with 61 goals, 10 goals behind Brazilian Sonny Anderson in second place (71).
The “Canary” team scored the honorable goal thanks to Nicola Pallois, who followed the net into the striker’s header, Colo Mwani, which was blocked by Portuguese goalkeeper Anthony Lubes (61).
Nantes, who have not won at home in their last 13 matches and are in danger of relegation to the second, is in 19th place with 28 points.