August 18, 2018 / 5:28 PM / a month ago

Soccer-Mbappe brace secures comeback win for PSG at Guingamp

Aug 18 (Reuters) - World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe scored a brace as champions Paris St Germain completed a second-half comeback to secure a 3-1 win over En Avant Guingamp in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Belgium international Thomas Meunier returned to a youthful PSG side while Mbappe was benched as the visitors looked to make it two wins in as many league matches.

PSG got off to a poor start, with Guingamp holding their own in front of a vociferous home crowd and forcing an impressive save from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to deny Marcus Thuram in the 14th minute.

Five minutes later, Guingamp winger Marcus Coco capitalised on PSG right-back Colin Dagba’s error and played in striker Nolan Roux, who slotted past Buffon to give the hosts a shock lead.

Guingamp continued to pile on the pressure as PSG struggled with defensive errors and lacked attacking fluidity.

France international Mbappe replaced Timothy Weah at the start of the second half as PSG took control of the match, with Neymar winning a penalty in the 53rd minute and converting it to equalise.

A resurgent PSG then dominated proceedings and created numerous chances before Mbappe scored his opening goal of the season in the 82nd minute to give the visitors the lead. He doubled his tally shortly after to seal the win.

PSG top the Ligue 1 standings and host Angers next weekend while a second consecutive defeat left Guingamp 18th in the table ahead of their trip to Lille. (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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