World news – Ligue 1: Mauricio Pochettino wins for the first time with PSG but Lyon remain leaders – Sports News, Firstpost

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PSG are in second place at half-time of the season, one point behind leaders Lyon and ahead of third-placed Lille, who triumphed 1-0 in Nimes, by goal difference.

Mauricio Pochettino greets PSG’s players after defeating Brest. AP

Mauricio Pochettino celebrated his first victory as coach of Paris Saint-Germain on his home debut on Saturday when Moise Kean put the reigning champions on the way to a 3-0 win over Brest. However, Lyon remain at the top of Ligue 1 after the Rennes draw.

Substitutes Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia added late goals for PSG, who would have the lead due to the goal difference if Lyon didn’t make it 2-0 recovered to get a point in Rennes and extend their unbeaten run to 16 games.

PSG are in second place in the half of the season, one point behind the leaders and ahead of the goal difference of third-placed Lille, who was in Nimes 1-0 triumphed.

With Neymar still missing, it wasn’t a vintage PSG performance on a freezing Paris night in an empty stadium. Fans are still excluded from games in France as the fight against the coronavirus has a nationwide curfew for the night.

That meant it would never be the return to Parc des Princes, the Pochettino – the one before was a popular player for PSG for two decades – would have fallen.

Even so, the Argentine will be relieved to have his first win after his first game ended in a 1-1 draw in Saint-Etienne mid-week.

« We only worked together for a few days and two very difficult, very competitive games, » said Pochettino.

« I’m very pleased with the efforts of the players. It was an improved performance and an important win. »

At his first game at Parc des Princes he added: « It was very emotional. This stadium has one of the best atmospheres in football and we missed the fans here, but I was in this club and in this stadium received very well.  » this magnificent city since its arrival. « 

Pochettino could now get his first cutlery when PSG play in the Champions Trophy against Marseille on Wednesday, the French equivalent of a Super Cup that is the curtain on the season in normal times.

It remains to be seen whether Neymar will be fit for this game after four weeks on the sidelines, while defender Thilo Kehrer will pause after the news of his positive coronavirus test against Brest shortly before kick-off against Brest.

Pochettino restarted playmaker Marco Verratti in an advanced role behind center forward Kean, who scored the first goal in the 16th minute.

Captain Marquinhos headed Angel Di Maria’s corner against the post and Kean was there to hit the rebound from less than a meter It was his eleventh goal and ninth in Ligue 1 since he was loaned by Everton in October.

Brest, who sits in midfield and one of the best teams in France are, could have scored earlier, but Keylor Navas blocked Romain Faivre’s early appearance for the guests.

PSG only ran away with the game in the last 10 minutes when Kylian Mbappe Icardi replaced Kean for the second time before Sarabia scored to 3-0.

Lyon’s long undefeated streak seemed to come to an end as they scored two goals in Rennes and Clement Grenier and Benjamin Bourigeaud scored one goal for the home team.

Memphis Depay drew however, he went back with his eleventh goal of the season in the 79th minute and Jason Denayer equalized shortly afterwards.

« Our first half of the season was of a very high standard, » said Lyon’s coach Rudi Garcia.

« We have to keep going . Our goal is to pull back from at least fourth place and then we’ll see where we come from as run-in. « 

Lille recovered from a shock loss to Angers in the middle of the week and won in Nimes thanks to a goal from Turkish veteran Burak Yilmaz in the first half.

The Rennes draw and a goalless draw for Marseille in Dijon allowed Monaco to advance to fourth place as they beat Angers 3-0 with Germany international Kevin Volland between Guillermo Maripan and Stevan Jovetic his ninth goal in Ligue 1.

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