PSG 3-0 Saint-Etienne: match report
In the end the Parisian side ran out comfortable victors at a packed Parc des Princes which tonight attracted such VIP's as Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry, former French president Francois Hollande, Valencia owner Peter Lim and former Manchester United defender Phil Neville.
The dignitaries were treated to a solid if at times far from convincing win for the home side against a gutsy Saint-Etienne who provided a stern test and enjoyed clear moments of dominance especially in the first 45'.
An Edinson Cavani penalty midway through the first half and an early Thiago Motta goal were enough to suck any sense of belief Oscar Garcia's side held as Neymar began to stamp his authority on the game with some fine runs and provided the assist for the Uruguayan's second goal of the night which Cavani nonchalantly back-heeled home from close range.
Great going forward but this PSG side still retain a certain defensive frailty and indeed the final scoreline could have been so very different had Saint-Etienne striker Bamba been more accurate when presented with two one-on-ones with PSG keeper Areloa.
PSG go top and will have the rest of the French league trembling even further if the growing rumours are true and Kylian Mbappe joins the Parisian outfit.
PSG 3-0 Saint-Etienne: as it happened
PSG 3-0 Saint-Etienne
That's it ... Full-time in Paris with a 3-0 win for PSG and another three points for the home side.
93' The Parc des Princes in fine voice as the home supporters celebrate another win. 4 from 4 and 12 points for Emery's men.
90' 4 minutes of time to be added.
89' Assist from Neymar and Cavani back-heels into an empty net. Spectacular stuff from the Uruguayan international.
Cavani makes it 3 for PSG !
Great shot and save as Lo Celso fires a spectacular half volley which forces out an excellent save from Ruffier in the Saint Etienne goal.87'
Tannane carded for a trip on Neymar
86' Looks like the 3 points will remain in the French capital. Bamba's two one-on-ones with Areola could have changed the dynamic of the match.
Final change for Emery's side as Pastore comes off for Lo Celso
Another change for the home side: Di Maria (poor this evening) makes way for Draxler
It's a Ligue 1 debut for former Real Sociedad, Eibar and Valladolid player Yuri.
81' Pastore takes a pop from long range but fails to secure accuracy and the ball strays well wide of the Saint-Etienne goal.
First change for the home side as Kurzawa makes way for Yuri
Last change for "Les Verts": Tannane on for Romain Hamouma.
Di Maria breaks away and is one-on-one with the Saint-Etienne keeper, terrible control from the Argentine sees the ball run out of play.
Former French president Francois Hollande in the VIP area prior to the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and AS Saint Etienne (ASSE) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris
73' Great break from Bamba as he forces an excellent stop from Areola. Saint-Etienne still at the races, just as Cavani blazes over from close range.
Change for the visitors as Silva comes off and Lacroix enters the fray
70' Saint-Etienne starting to play their way back into the game as Cavani breaks for PSG and fails to find a team mate with his pull back.
68' Neymar appeals for a penalty after an obstruction in the area. Repeats show the Brazilan had a valid argument.
65' Angel Di Maria catches the Saint-Etienne keeper by surprise as he fires a free-kick onto the visitors post. A dreadful job by the wall !
Maiga off and Pajot on, first change for Saint-Etienne
63' Long range shot from the visitors but fails to trouble Areloa in the PSG goal. A slight lull in proceedings at present in Paris. PSG looking composed...
61' Just over an hour gone in Paris: Possession PSG 63% - 37% Saint-Etienne
Paris Saint-Germain's players congratulate Italian midfielder Thiago Motta after he scored a goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Saint-Etienne (ASSE) on August 25, 2017, at the Parc des Princes.
57' 58' PSG comfortable despite a brief spell of possession from the men in white..A huge sense of expectation each time Neymar gets on the ball.
56' Saint-Etienne unable to retain the ball and concede possession far too easily. Cries of Paris-Paris ring out from the stand...
54' Delightful skill from this man ....
53' Is there a way back for the visitors or will the early second goal see PSG push on? The latter I'd suggest ...
PSG 2-0 Saint-Etienne (Min 51)
Gol, Motta strikes after a mix-up in the Saint-Etienne rear-guard: 2-0 for the side from the French capital.
Theophile-Catherine into the book for a kick on Neymar
48' PSG looking livlier already as the camera pans to the VIP area once again. As mentioned Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors) , Phil Neville and Valencia owner Peter Lim are all in the stand this evening.
PSG get us underway. Cavani with the kick-off.
Both sides making their way back to the Parc des Princes playing surface... Mobile phone's cameras flash as Neymar exits the tunnel.
Neymar's first half...
Half-time: PSG 1-0 Saint-Etienne
Clement Turpin calls time on the first 45'
Another card for PSG with Kimpembe booked for a flailing elbow
44' Rather than spurring the home side on, the goal has seen Emery's men relax and the visitors have enjoyed the better of the game. If only Saint Etienne's dead ball distribution was better !
42' Poor ball from Pastore failing to read Neymar's run... The Argentine strokes the ball into the channel and Saint-Etienne retrieve with no pressure.
Paris Saint Germain's Edinson Cavani reacts after scoring during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and AS Saint Etienne (ASSE) at the Parc des Princes stadium
Card for PSG defender Meunier after a poor challenge on Silva.
37' Great build-up again from Saint Etienne with fine patient play resulting in a shot deflected by the PSG rear-guard. Janko looking dangerous down the right flank for the visitors.
Gabriel into the book for a clumsly challenge on Neymar.
32' More pressure from the visitors as a goalbound header ricochets off a Saint-Etienne player, "Les Verts" now win a free-kick which is tamely struck into Areloa's welcoming hands.
30' Maiga tries his luck from long range, his 25m drive always going high and over Areloa's crossbar. Saint-Etienne rallying well ...
27' Possession: PSG 64% v 34% Saint-Etienne
25' Just as I say that, Bamba breaks and is one-on-one with Areola, the striker hits a poor shot and the ball goes wide for a corner.
24' Areola in the PSG goal yet to be troubled and very quiet so far from Saint-Etienne danger-man Bamba.
Janko was alos booked for unending Cavani in giving away the spot kick
21' PSG growing after the goal
PSG 1-0 Saint Etienne (Min 20)
PSG take the lead with Cavani hammering home from the spot... Saint Etienne concede for the first time this season
19' Penalty for PSG... Cavani upended after a defensive error from Saint Etienne.... Cavani to take and scores ....
Saint-Etienne's Spanish head coach Oscar Garcia gestures during the early stage of the match
16' Saint-Etienne looking very well drilled at the back and look to soak up the PSG pressure and hit on the break. No surprise that they have yet to conceed this term.
14' Once agaiun Neymar is robbed and straight away looks to the ref. for a foul... Excellent work from Adrien Rabiot in robbing the ball back for the men in blue.
11' Valencia owner Peter Lim also spotted in the stand at Le Parc des Princes this evening... Scouting for "Les Che" ?
10' PSG attack with Cavani failing to connect after Saint Etienne are caught out at the back by Di Maria, poor from the Uruguayan
7' First Saint-Etienne move forward comes to nothing as a pattern develops with PSG comfortable in control. Gabriel Silva (ex Udinese looking good for "Les Verts")
5' All the early pressure coming from the Parisian side. Dani Alves and Draxler on the bench tonight and talk growing stronger about the arrival of Kylian Mbappe in the French capital .... How formidable will be PSG be then ?
3' Early corner for the home side ....
Can PSG be the first side in Ligue 1 to score against Saint Etienne this season ?
We're underway in Paris. A packed Parc des Princes as Saint Etienne kick-off the match.
Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry is at Parc des Princes this evening
Sadly "Les Verts" will be "Les Blancs" tonight with Oscar Garcia's playing in white !
Can't let tonight's game go by without a mention of the Saint-Etienne shirt, with the Le Coq Sportif design it's really one of European football's finest!
Jonatham Bamba is the danger man for "Les Verts", the 21 year old on target twice this season for the side from the Auvergne-Rhône region
All eyes tonight at Parc des Princes will no doubt be on this man ....
A bold statement from PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi: video
Hello and welcome to our build-up ahead of live coverage from Parc des Princes in the French capital as first placed Ligue 1 side PSG welcome Saint-Etienne with "Les Verts" also on maximum points from a bright start to the 2017/18 campaign.
Paris Saint-Germain and Brazilian superstar Neymar face their "first big test" of the the season on Friday at home to Saint-Etienne as both sides hunt a fourth straight win.
Neymar dazzled in his Parc des Princes debut last weekend, scoring twice as he tormented Toulouse defenders throughout a crushing 6-2 victory, but Saint-Etienne are the only team yet to concede this season.
Former Barcelona midfielder Oscar Garcia is enjoying an extended honeymoon period having replaced the long-serving Christophe Galtier as Saint-Etienne coach in June, with his side collecting maximum points to sit level at the top with PSG and champions Monaco.
"It's a first big test for us against Saint-Etienne," said PSG coach Unai Emery. "They have already put in some good performances and picked up nine points."
Saint-Etienne snatched a last-gasp draw on their most recent trip to Paris and captain Loic Perrin says they have nothing to fear this weekend.
PSG vs Saint-Etienne, the Neymar effect...
"We've been lucky to start the season well. We're going to Paris with not much to lose. When you see their squad it's another world," said Saint-Etienne centre-back Perrin, adding there was no particular plan to subdue Neymar.
"Neymar is an exceptional player who is one of the top three in the world and it's exciting to measure yourself against such a player.
"It's becoming harder and harder when you play Paris and it's the same for everyone. You have to believe you can pull off an upset and anything is possible in a match if lots of things go your way."
PSG are still without injured Brazilian winger Lucas while Marco Verratti is suspended following his dismissal against Toulouse.
PSG vs Saint Etienne live online: betting preview
A chance to get rich this evening if you fancy an away win for "Les Verts" ... A 0-2 scoreline paying out at a very handsome 126/1.
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