PSG 4-3 Troyes: Les Parisiens survive a test at the Parc des Princes

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PSG enjoyed a home victory against Troyes at the Parc des Princes on Saturday. PSG were keen to hang onto their position at the top of the table and extend their winning run after winning their previous two matches against AC Ajaccio away and Olympique de Marseille at home, by 3-0 and 1-0 respectively. Troyes were struggling for form following a draw in their last match. PSG are now in 1st place on the table and have 35 points while Troyes sit in 11th with 13 points after 13 matches.

Troyes scored first, with an early goal from Mama Balde in the 3rd minute. However, their celebrations were kept brief, as Carlos Soler equalised for PSG, 24 minutes in and saw the first half out 1-1.

Troyes started strong in the second half and were able to dominate, when Mama Balde found the net once more in the 52nd minute. However, their lead was short-lived, as an equalizer from Lionel Messi, 55 minutes in, brought Les Parisiens level. The momentum was again with PSG, who then scored again courtesy of a goal from Neymar on the 62 minute mark to establish a 3-2 result. The momentum was again with PSG, who then scored again courtesy of a goal from Kylian Mbappe, 77 minutes in to establish a 4-2 result. In the end though, Troyes pull-back just before the final whistle, with a goal from Ante Palaversa. The match ended 4-3 to PSG.

Substitutions for PSG included Marquinhos, Fabian Ruiz, Renato Sanches, Nuno Mendes and Pablo Sarabia for Presnel Kimpembe, Vitinha, Carlos Soler, Juan Bernat and Marco Verratti, respectively. Troyes brought on Yasser Larouci, Renaud Ripart, Ante Palaversa, Ike Ugbo and Tristan Dingome, to replace Abdu Conte, Thierno Balde, Wilson Odobert, Romenique Kouame and Xavier Chavalerin.

The referee booked three players from Troyes, Jackson Porozo, Gauthier Gallon and Rony Lopes.

PSG will next travel to FC Lorient, while Troyes will face Auxerre at home.

Technical card:
Paris Saint-Germain:Gianluigi Donnarumma, Nordi Mukiele, Sergio Ramos, Presnel Kimpembe (Marquinhos, min.59), Juan Bernat (Nuno Mendes, min.85), Marco Verratti (Pablo Sarabia, min.85), Carlos Soler (Renato Sanches, min.77), Vitinha (Fabian Ruiz, min.59), Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe
Troyes:Gauthier Gallon, Thierno Balde (Renaud Ripart, min.72), Erik Palmer-Brown, Jackson Porozo, Yoann Salmier, Abdu Conte (Yasser Larouci, min.72), Rony Lopes, Romenique Kouame (Ike Ugbo, min.81), Xavier Chavalerin (Tristan Dingome, min.88), Wilson Odobert (Ante Palaversa, min.81) and Mama Balde
Stadium:the Parc des Princes
Goals:Mama Balde (0-1, min. 3), Carlos Soler (1-1, min. 24), Mama Balde (1-2, min. 52), Lionel Messi (2-2, min. 55), Neymar (3-2, min. 62), Kylian Mbappe (4-2, min. 77) and Ante Palaversa (4-3, min. 88)