Paris Saint-Germain booked a narrow victory in Ligue 1 on Friday evening. Kylian Mbappé missed a penalty early on against RC Strasbourg, but was still important with a goal and an assist: 1-2. PSG leads France with a nine-point lead, although closest attacker OGC Nice has played one game less.

At PSG, Luis Enrique had no surprises in store. Youngster Bradley Barcola was missing due to suspension, while Achraf Hakimi was still absent due to his obligations with Morocco at the African Cup of Nations. Luis Enrique was also unable to call on Ousmane Dembélé due to injuries.

Mbappé started at the point of the attack and had the perfect opportunity to give the Parisians the lead after six minutes of play. Referee Ruddy Buquet pointed resolutely to the spot after Randal Kolo Muani was knocked down in the box by Lucas Perrin.

Mbappé got behind the ball, but failed face to face with Strasbourg goalkeeper Alaa Bellaarouch. Viewers of Ziggo Sport could not initially see the missed penalty kick because the French director was still busy showing the replay.

Later it was shown how Bellaarouch managed to parry the penalty from the French star player. Strasbourg crawled through the eye of the needle, although PSG did the same with twenty minutes on the clock when Moïse Sahi Dion shot onto the crossbar.

After more than half an hour of play, the visitors still had the lead. Where Bellaarouch previously kept Strasbourg going with a well-stopped penalty, he now made a hopeless mistake. After a bad take, the goalkeeper shot into Marco Asensio, after which Mbappé was able to score into an empty goal: 0-1.

Immediately after the break, PSG managed to double the margin beautifully. After the ball was captured deep in their own half, a lightning-fast counter followed. Mbappé passed to Asensio, who had the choice of the corner: 0-2. Strasbourg came back into the match through Dilane Bakwa, who only had to put his foot against a measured cross from Ngelo: 1-2. In the end it turned out not to be enough for a result, as two big chances for an equalizer were subsequently destroyed by the home team.

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