With a 3-0 victory over Brest on Saturday at the Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain restored to title contention in Ligue 1.
Under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, Paris Saint-Germain saw off Brest 3-0 to secure their first victory and close the gap on Lyon’s Ligue 1 leaders.
In Pochettino’s first game in charge on Wednesday, PSG were held to a 1-1 draw by Saint-Etienne, but had too much consistency for Brest in the Parc des Princes meeting on Saturday.
With 16 minutes played and substitutes Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia each got on the scoresheet in the final 10 minutes, Moise Kean’s 11th goal of the campaign in all competitions set the reigning champions on their way.
The win pushed Pochettino’s men within a point of pacesetters Lyon, who came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Rennes and hold the top spot, less emphatic than the scoreline might suggest.
Keylor Navas held off a theatrical save to keep out the curler of Romain Faivre and PSG were in front shortly after thanks to Kean, who assisted the ball from a yard out on the line after the header of Marquinhos hit the inside of the post and landed in his direction.
When directing another header on goal, Marquinhos once again came close, but Gautier Larsonneur was equal to both that attempt and the venomous long-ranger of Idrissa Gueye two minutes later.
In 18 league meetings with PSG, Brest is now without a victory, but in a largely even first half threatened their rivals, with Irvin Cardona let down by a bad first touch when cleaned through and Faivre seeing a free-kick pushed aside by Navas.
With an hour played, Larsonneur carried off a fine save to frustrate Kylian Mbappe and the forward curled a shot wide three minutes later as PSG pressed for a clinching second, which lost Gueye to an obvious foot injury.
After some great play from Mbappe to get away from a pair of defenders in the opposition net, the goal arrived nine minutes from time courtesy of Icardi’s composed finish.
And Icardi, making his first start after returning from surgery since November, teed up Sarabia to round off the scoring late on as PSG made Pochettino’s reign a winning home start.