Paris Saint-Germain won 4-2 at Brest on Friday, moving them to the top of Ligue 1 with a maximum nine points from three games. Kylian Mbappe scored with a superb header.
After latching on to a rebound from Giorginio Wijnaldum’s strike, Ander Herrera put PSG ahead in the 23rd minute with a volley, Mbappe made it 2-0 in the 36th minute with a powerful attempt past home goalkeeper Marco Bizot from 10 metres.
After a smooth play, Franck Honorat scored a tidy goal in the 42nd minute, with Steve Mounie holding up the ball well to set up Romain Faivre, who released Honorat with a brilliant backheel.
After the break, the pace slowed until midfielder Idrissa Gueye restored PSG’s two-goal lead in the 73rd minute with a rasping shot from 35 meters that beat Bizot inside the near post, despite the goalkeeper’s best efforts.
In the 77th minute, Brest’s Ronael Pierre-Gabriel shot was parried by visiting goalkeeper Kaylor Navas, and Honorat’s rebound rattled the woodwork.
The visitors’ defense remained fragile, and Mounie set up a tight conclusion when he reduced the deficit in the 85th minute by drilling a shot past Navas following another excellent pass from Faivre.
PSG had to hold on in the last minutes before replacement Angel Di Maria clinched the victory with a beautiful lob from the edge of the penalty area as the visitors burst away after a Brest corner.
PSG won for the second time in a row despite the absence of new acquisition Lionel Messi, who has yet to play for the French champions since joining from Barcelona earlier this month.
After taking a month off after leading Argentina to the Copa America title in July, Messi was presented to PSG fans before last Saturday’s 4-2 home win over Strasbourg. However, he was not in the squad for that game or the win at Brest.
Monaco hosts Lens on Saturday, while Lille, who have only one point from their first two games, travels to St Etienne.