KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 20, 2018
Matt Miazga made his Ligue 1 debut for Nantes in their loss to Dijon while Timothy Weah started as PSG bagged their second win of the season.
Dijon 2-0 Nantes
Julio Tavares scored both goals for Dijon as they went to beat 10-man Nates at the Stade Gaston-Gerard.
Miazga would make his first start for Les Canaries in the center of defense as they played in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Dijon came out the dominant side in the early stages of the game and were rewards eight minutes in when Tavares scored his first goal. Oussama Haddadi headed the ball into the path of Tavares, following a Naim Sliti corner kick, and the captain would get a foot on it to guide it into the goal.
The host doubled their lead in the 73rd minute when Tavares would get behind Miazga to once again put the ball into the back of the net after a low cross from teammate Valentin Rosier.
Things would go from bad to worse for Nantes as Abdoulaye Toure was shown a red card after clipping Tavares from behind as he was bound to complete his hat trick. The referee had initially awarded a penalty, but VAR would later show the offense happened just outside the area.
Nantes will have to wait until next week to try and get their first points of the season as they currently sit at the bottom of the standings.
Guingamp 1-3 PSG
PSG once again showed their dominance in Ligue 1 as they came away with a comfortable win over Guingamp at the
Stade du Roudourou.
Thomas Tuchel decided to start Weah for this game, placing him as the center forward in their 4-3-3 formation.
It would be the host that opened the scoring in the 20th minute. PSG's young defender Carl Dagba would make an error at the back, allowing Marcus Coco to take advantage and tee up Nolan Roux to bury the goal past Gianluigi Buffon.
However, the capital team would dominate the second half as Tuchel brought out Weah and replaced him with French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe.
Neymar was brought down in the area by Jordan Ikoko and the referee duly pointed to the spot for a penalty. The Brazilian then stepped up to covert his shot to level the score in the 53rd minute.
Then it turned into the Mbappe show onwards as the forward scored the first of his two goals in the 82nd minute. Angel Di Maria would slip the ball to the teenager and he hand no problems putting his shot past Guingamp goalkeeper Karl Johnsson.
Mbappe then put the game to bed in the 90th minute as Neymar set him up for his second on the day.
The win leaves PSG atop the standings with six points.
In Ligue 2, Quentin Westberg started in goal for Auxerre in their 1-0 win over Nancy.
Down in the Championnat National, Maki Tall started for Tours in their 1-0 win over Marignane Gignac.