Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain secured a hard-fought 2-0 win against 9th placed Le Havre on Sunday. Kylian Mbappe and Vitinha scored, overcoming the challenge of playing with 10 men after goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s early red card.
With the 2-0 win, PSG showcased remarkable resilience in fending off the the home team, solidifying their position atop the table with a four-point lead over second-placed Nice.
Reduced to 10 men in the 10th minute, PSG found the lead through a superb goal from France forward Mbappe, marking his 15th league goal this season. The hard-fought win was sealed in the final minute of regular time as Portuguese midfielder Vitinha doubled the lead for the visitors.
The home side initiated the game with a strong start, earning several early corners. Their pressure led to a forced substitution for PSG as Fabian Ruiz injured his right shoulder while defending a set-piece.
Despite PSG defense standing firm, a long ball proved decisive. Nordi Mukiele’s clearance was mishandled, allowing Josue Casimir to capitalize before being stopped abruptly by Donnarumma.
In a desperate attempt to clear the ball, Donnarumma’s challenge caught the Le Havre player high on the shoulder outside the box, leaving the referee with no choice but to show a straight red card.
Even with one player down and sacrificing attacker Bradley Barcola for goalkeeper Arnau Tenas, PSG still took the lead and won the game to go top of Ligue 1.