PSG player ratings vs Milan: Never doubt Kylian Mbappe! French striker bags brilliant solo strike as Luis Enrique’s men rout Rossoneri
The French forward led a rampant attack as the French champions stormed to the top of Champions League Group F
After a mini-goal drought, it was only a matter of time before Kylian Mbappe found his best again. And the forward appears to be well on his way to doing so, scoring for the second straight game as Paris Saint-Germain comfortably beat AC Milan to go top of their Champions League group.
Mbappe bagged the first, and Randal Kolo Muani and Lee Kang-In followed to hand the Parisians a comfortable 3-0 win. Milan offered some threatening moments in the early goings. Rafael Leao caused problems on the left and curled one narrowly outside the post within 25 minutes.
But PSG were too dangerous on the break. Warren Zaire-Emery started the move that opened the scoring, bursting through the Milan midfield ranks before feeding Mbappe. And the France star did the rest, cutting inside his man before arrowing an effort into the bottom corner.
The Parisians thought they had taken a 2-0 lead when Ousmane Dembele finished a well-worked move, but Manuel Ugarte was adjudged to have committed a foul in the build-up. There was no such mishap shortly after, though, when Mike Maignan parried a shot into Kolo Muani’s path – handing the new signing his third PSG goal.
Lee provided the decisive third, tucking Zaire-Emery’s cutback into the bottom corner, finding the net for the first time in a PSG shirt.
Goalkeeper & Defence
Gianluigi Donnarumma (7/10):
Almost embarrassed himself with an awkward headed clearance early in the second half. Made a couple of important saves.
Achraf Hakimi (6/10):
Had trouble with the lively Leao in the first half and wasn’t at his best going forward, either.
Handled Olivier Giroud reasonably well and progressed the ball effectively. A commanding presence at the back.
Milan Skriniar (7/10):
A steady night. Won most of his aerial duels and kept things tidy.
Lucas Hernandez (7/10):
A solid showing at left-back. Kept Christian Pulisic quiet for long stretches and supported Mbappe well on the wing.
Manuel Ugarte (6/10):
Held down the middle effectively, even if a silly foul of his saw a goal ruled out. Got a deserved rest for the last 20 minutes or so.
Nearly had an assist, only to see a goal ruled out. Connected with the front line, and put in plenty of legwork, too. He’s been much-improved this year.
Warren Zaire-Emery (8/10):
His lung-busting run through the midfield helped create the first goal. Won the ball back regularly and kept things ticking in the middle. Picked up three assists. Quickly becoming one of the world’s best young talents.
Ousmane Dembele (6/10):
Thought he had his first PSG goal, but saw it ruled out. Was otherwise wasteful in the final third. It’s not quite working out for him in Paris – yet.
Randal Kolo Muani (7/10):
Couldn’t really miss from close range to open his PSG Champions League account. Was otherwise full of movement and pace. Seems to have the centre-forward spot nailed down.
Kylian Mbappe (8/10):
Scored a signature goal to give his side a 1-0 lead. Was a constant threat throughout and could have easily added one or two more.
Subs & Manager
Fabian Ruiz (7/10):
Offered a bit more control in the middle.
Lee Kang-In (7/10):
Bagged his first goal for the Parisians.
Goncalo Ramos (N/A):
Didn’t have enough time to make a mark.
Nordi Mukiele (X/10):
No time to make an impact.
Luis Enrique (7/10):
Went back to a 4-3-3 after getting a good result against Strasbourg last weekend. And it worked. PSG were pretty much in control throughout, and devastating on the break at times. Not perfect, but the Parisians were immensely effective.