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PSG 4-0 Montpellier: Player ratings from a Kylian Mbappe masterclass

Ross Jackson
Jan 23, 2021, 1:00 PM GMT
Mbappe was on fire against Montpellier
Mbappe was on fire against Montpellier / Xavier Laine/Getty Images
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Paris-Saint Germain cemented their place at the top of Ligue 1 with a comfortable 4-0 win over ten-man Montpellier at Parc des Princes on Friday night.

A tough task was made even tougher for the visitors after goalkeeper Jonas Omlin was given his marching orders with just 18 minutes on the clock. The shot-stopper rushed out to meet Kylian Mbappe and inadvertently sent the Frenchman tumbling, with the referee amending his original yellow card to a red following a VAR check.

The home side proceeded to take the lead just after the half hour mark, as Mbappe raced through before producing a sumptuous dink over the onrushing Dimitry Bertaud.

Having managed to limit PSG to a single goal in the opening hour, Montpellier hearts were broken as the league leaders blew them away in four second-half minutes. Firstly Neymar effectively ended the game as contest with a simple tap in, before Mauro Icardi's thumping finish made it 3-0 and Mbappe's second of the game completed the rout just a minute later.

With the match highlights out of the way, let's get into the fun bit, shall we? PSG player ratings time...

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Keylor Navas was rarely troubled
Keylor Navas was rarely troubled / Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Keylor Navas (GK) - 6/10 - Withdrawn at half-time after picking up a knock in the first half. The injury was probably a result of the cold weather having barely needed to move a muscle for 45 minutes.

Alessandro Florenzi (RB) - 7/10 - Dominant display on the PSG right. A constant outlet and didn't neglect his defensive duties.

Abdou Diallo (CB) - 7/10 - Caused very little problems by the Montpellier front line. Distributed the ball well into midfield and enjoyed a comfortable evening.

Marquinhos (CB) - 6/10 - Looked to step forward where possible but his distribution was found wanting at times. Similarly to his centre-back colleague, was asked very few questions by the visitors.

Layvin Kurzawa (LB) - 8/10 - A very accomplished display full of running, energy and endeavour.

2. Midfielders

Marco Verratti bossed the midfield
Marco Verratti bossed the midfield / Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Leandro Paredes (CM) - 7/10 - Could well have played the game from his armchair. Barely put a foot wrong and kept things ticking over in midfield. Far from his most taxing performance but classy nonetheless.

Marco Verratti (CM) - 7/10 - Absolutely dominated the midfield alongside Leandro Paredes. Drifted past the opposition with ease and wasn't afraid to stick his foot in where necessary.

Neymar (AM) - 8/10 - Tasked with sitting just off the frontline and was absolutely brilliant. Constantly popping up in pockets of space and feeding balls through to the forwards. Capped a wonderful performance with a goal.

3. Forwards

Kylian Mbappe was in unstoppable form
Kylian Mbappe was in unstoppable form / Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria (RW) - 7/10 - Somewhat overshadowed by his forward colleagues but continued to battle away on the PSG right. Won't grab the headlines but still a good display.

Mauro Icardi (ST) - 8/10 - Could have - and perhaps should have - had more than the one goal, but in fairness he led the line well and took his goal superbly.

Kylian Mbappe (LW) - 9/10 - Undoubtedly the man of the match. His pace caused the visitors problems from the first whistle and it ultimately settled the game as he lured Omlin into a challenge to get him sent off and then ran through to open the scoring.

4. Substitutes


Sergio Rico (GK) - 6/10

Thilo Kehrer (RB) - 6/10

Mitchel Bakker (LB) - 6/10

Danilo Pereira (CM) - 5/10

Pablo Sarabia (RW) - N/A

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