Late Danilo header earns PSG victory at Lorient

Paris Saint-Germain’s Portuguese midfielder Danilo Pereira (L) celebrates with Paris Saint-Germain’s Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches (R) after scoring their team’s second goal during the French L1 football match between FC Lorient and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) at Stade du Moustoir in Lorient, western France on November 6, 2022. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

Danilo’s late header helped unbeaten Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain beat a lively Lorient side 2-1 at the Stade du Moustoir on Sunday, after Terem Moffi’s brilliant second-half goal had canceled out Neymar’s early opener for the visitors.

PSG, without Lionel Messi due to an Achilles injury, took the lead in the ninth minute when Neymar seized on a poor clearance from Yvon Mvogo before taking the ball around the goalkeeper and slotting home his 11th league goal of the season.

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Mvogo was replaced by Vito Mannone after being injured in the build-up and the hosts had the substitute goalkeeper to thank for keeping the deficit in check after he thwarted attempts from Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Ramos and Hugo Ekiteke.

At the other end, Moffi sliced his shot wide of the near post after a quick counter-attack as Lorient pushed for an equalizer before the break but they struggled in the final third.