In the seventh round of the 2022/23 Ligue 1 season, Paris Saint-Germain beat Brest 1-0 at home.
In the first half, Mbappe blocked Messi ‘s must-goal, and then the goal was ruled out for offside. Messi assisted Neymar to score a single-season assist record. In the second half, Messi’s header hit the post and Donnarumma saved a penalty kicked by Soleimani.
At present, Paris Saint-Germain leads Ligue 1 with a goal difference advantage, while Brest ranks 17th in the standings with 4 rounds without a win.
From the beginning of the game, Brest pressed Paris Saint-Germain from a high position, frequently using counterattacks to create threats in the opponent’s half. In the 11th minute, Neymar completed the first shot of the game in Paris: Messi sent a pass to penetrate Brest’s entire line of defense, and the Brazilian failed to hit the goal with a 6-yard push. 2 minutes later, Messi sent a precise pass to the penalty area again, but Mbappe kicked the ball directly.
In the 20th minute, Messi’s first shot made it possible for Brest to break the goal, but was blocked by Mbappe. In the 30th minute, Messi finally opened the assist account: he once again sent an exquisite pass for Neymar , and Neymar scored with his left foot in the penalty area.
After opening the scoring for Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar began to provide assists for other teammates. Towards the end of the first half, his slanted ball accurately found Messi in the penalty area, but the latter lost his balance and fell to the ground under the shoving of Chardonnay. The Brazilian created an excellent scoring opportunity for Mbappe soon after, and Mbappe’s strong shot was successfully resolved by Bizot. Mbappe had scored a goal earlier, but it was called offside.
After the start of the second half, Paris Saint-Germain could have quickly gained a two-goal advantage, but Messi’s header only hit the left post. In the 69th minute, Kimpembe was awarded a penalty kick after he pushed Fadiga into the penalty area. Fortunately, Donnarumma denied Soleimani’s penalty kick.
Since then, Brest’s offensive has intensified, but Galtier has replaced Verratti, Neymar, Mbappe, Bernat and Vitinha one by one, leaving only Messi on the field to stabilize the overall situation. Fortunately, after the whole game, Paris Saint-Germain still kept the score 1-0 to the end and successfully took all three points.