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Hakimi earns Messi-less PSG last-gasp win at Metz

  • Published at 01:01 pm September 23rd, 2021
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PSG's Achraf Hakimi scores the last gasp winner during their Ligue 1 match away to Metz Wednesday AFP

In Metz, PSG were without Messi after the Argentine was ruled out with a bruised knee, but Hakimi stepped up with a brace

Achraf Hakimi struck deep in stoppage time to earn Paris Saint Germain a 2-1 victory at bottom side Metz Wednesday and maintain their perfect Ligue 1 record this season.

The Morocco full back scored after five minutes and added his second five minutes into added time to put PSG on 21 points from seven games, three days after the capital side beat Olympique Lyonnais by the same scoreline thanks to another winning goal in the dying seconds.

PSG lead second-placed Olympique de Marseille, who drew 0-0 at Angers and have a game in hand, by seven points.

French sports daily L'Equipe reported that some Marseille supporters left their corner of the ground at the end of the game and headed towards the Angers fans, prompting the stadium's security services to intervene.

Earlier, champions Lille claimed their second win of the season by beating visiting Stade de Reims 2-1 and Monaco defeated second-bottom St Etienne 3-1.

Metz, who finished with 10 men after Dylan Bronn picked up a second yellow card in the last minute, have three points from seven games.

RC Lens, playing the first of two home games behind closed doors after crowd trouble marred their derby victory over Lille Saturday, slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Racing Strasbourg and dropped to fourth on 12 points, behind Angers on goal difference.

Lyon, improving after a stuttering start to the season, beat Troyes 3-1 with goals by Xherdan Shaqiri, Emerson and Lucas Paqueta to climb to sixth with 11 points, one place ahead of Nice who lost 1-0 at Lorient.

In Metz, PSG were without Lionel Messi after the Argentine forward was ruled out with a bruised knee, but Hakimi stepped up.

He opened the scoring by firing home after Mauro Icardi's attempt had been deflected into his path by Matthieu Udol.

PSG were caught cold six minutes before the break when Boubakar Kouyate headed home from Lamine Gueye's cross as the hosts made the most of the little possession they enjoyed.

Neymar went close on a couple of occasions but the Brazil striker failed to score and Metz stayed in contention until the last minute when Bronn was shown his second yellow card for time-wasting.

Five minutes later, Hakimi curled a superb shot into the net after being set up by Neymar, giving Mauricio Pochettino's side all three points after another below-par performance.

RESULTS

Lille 2 (David 31, Andre 43) Reims 1 (Flips 74)

Monaco 3 (Volland 27, Yedder 62-P, 87) St-Etienne 1 (Bouanga 41)

Montpellier 3 (Germain 11, 50, Mollet 72) Bordeaux 3 (Hwang 18, Onana 29, Kalu 85)

Nantes 3 (Blas 27, Chirivella 55, Brassier 58-og) Brest 1 (Le Douaron 67)

Rennes 6 (Martin 32, Terrier 36, Sulemana 55, 57, Laborde 64, Tait 77) Clermont 0

Angers 0 Marseille 0

Lens 0 Strasbourg 1 (Ajorque 67)

Lorient 1 (Monconduit 23) Nice 0

Lyon 3 (Shaqiri 48, Emerson 72, Paqueta 89) Troyes 1 (Chavalerin 45)

Metz 1 (Kouyate 39) PSG 2 (Hakimi 5, 90+5)

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