Mauricio Pochettino got his first win as Paris Saint-Germain boss on Saturday evening as his side claimed a 3-0 victory over Brest at the Parc des Prince.
Moise Kean, Mauro Icardi, and Pablo Sarabia were among the goals, but the scoreline suggests a far more impressive performance than was seen in the French capital, and they were lucky to escape with all three points and a clean sheet.
PSG were dominant early on, and they got their noses in front through a set piece after a quarter of an hour had been played. The initial effort was Marquinhos’, but his header came back off the post and Moise Kean was nicely placed to stab in the rebound.
Pochettino’s side continued to have their chances, and Idrissa Gueye came closest with a long-rage shot that wrongfooted goalkeeper Gautier Larsonneur after taking a deflection. Larsonneur did well to recover though and stop the shot from creeping in.
Brest had their own chances though and PSG didn’t have it all their own way. Romain Faivre and Irvin Cardona both passed up chances to draw the visitors level.
Kylian Mbappe had a number of chances to extend the champions’ lead in the second half, most of which were created by Angel Di Maria. The first drew a stunning save from Larsonneur, his second was wayward, and the third brought a more routine stop from the ‘keeper.
The Argentine kept troubling though. An inswinging cross somehow evaded all of his teammates and went behind for a goal kick, despite it looking destined to be turned into the net for a second goal.
The result was put beyond doubt as PSG scored twice in quick succession late on. Icardi grabbed their second after a good run from Mbappe made space before squaring for the Argentine to finish.
Icardi then turned provider to tee up Sarabia for PSG’s third.