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PSG go top as Barca clash looms

  • Published at 12:55 am February 14th, 2021
PSG’s Kylian Mbappe in action during their Ligue 1 match at home to Nice Saturday Reuters

 Kean netted the winner after Lopes' 50th-minute goal had cancelled out Draxler's opener for PSG in the first half

Paris Saint Germain geared up for their Champions League trip to Barcelona with a 2-1 home win against Nice that sent them provisionally top of the Ligue 1 standing Saturday.

Italy striker Moise Kean netted the winner after Rony Lopes' 50th-minute goal had cancelled out Julian Draxler's opener for PSG in the first half.

The French champions are on 54 points from 25 games and lead Lille, who host Brest Sunday, on goal difference with Olympique Lyonnais in third place on 52 points.

The result left Nice in 13th place with 29 points from 24 matches.

PSG, who face Barca in their Champions League last-16 first leg Tuesday, were without three key players with Neymar and Angel di Maria injured while Marco Verratti was nursing a knock he sustained in a 1-0 French Cup win at Caen Wednesday.

Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee of 222 million euros ($269.26 million) but Spanish media have frequently linked the 28-year-old with a switch back to the Catalan side

Posted by Sports Tribune on Monday, 1 February 2021

The Italian was replaced by Draxler, who lived up to the task as he drove the ball home from close range after Mauro Icardi's attempt had bounced off the post into his path in the 22nd minute.

Nice, however, stepped up a gear after the break and Lopes equalized with a powerful shot under the crossbar following a rare poor clearance by Marquinhos.

The visitors went close to taking the lead on the hour but Amine Gouiri's attempt crashed against the bar.

Kean punished them in the 76th minute, heading home from point-blank range to give PSG all three points after Icardi had stretched in the air to deflect Kylian Mbappe's cross.

It was Kean's 10th goal in 17 league games.

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