Soccer-Hakimi earns PSG last-gasp win at Metz


Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Metz v Paris St Germain - Stade Saint-Symphorien - Metz, France - September 22, 2021 Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe in action REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) -Achraf Hakimi struck deep in stoppage time to earn Paris St Germain a 2-1 victory at bottom side Metz on Wednesday and maintain their perfect Ligue 1 record this season.

The Morocco full back scored after five minutes and added his second five minutes into added time to put PSG on 21 points from seven games, three days after the capital side beat Olympique Lyonnais by the same scoreline thanks to another winning goal in the dying seconds.

PSG lead second-placed Olympique de Marseille, who drew 0-0 at Angers and have a game in hand, by seven points.

French sports daily L'Equipe reported that some Marseille supporters left their corner of the ground at the end of the game and headed towards the Angers fans, prompting the stadium's security services to intervene.

Earlier, champions Lille claimed their second win of the season by beating visiting Stade de Reims 2-1 and Monaco defeated second-bottom St Etienne 3-1.

Metz, who finished with 10 men after Dylan Bronn picked up a second yellow card in the last minute, have three points from seven games.

RC Lens, playing the first of two home games behind closed doors after crowd trouble marred their derby victory over Lille last Saturday, slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Racing Strasbourg and dropped to fourth on 12 points, behind Angers on goal difference.

Lyon, improving after a stuttering start to the season, beat Troyes 3-1 with goals by Xherdan Shaqiri, Emerson and Lucas Paqueta to climb to sixth with 11 points, one place ahead of Nice who lost 1-0 at Lorient.

In Metz, PSG were without Lionel Messi after the Argentine forward was ruled out with a bruised knee, but Hakimi stepped up.

He opened the scoring by firing home after Mauro Icardi's attempt had been deflected into his path by Matthieu Udol.

PSG were caught cold six minutes before the break when Boubakar Kouyate headed home from Lamine Gueye's cross as the hosts made the most of the little possession they enjoyed.

Neymar went close on a couple of occasions but the Brazil striker failed to score and Metz stayed in contention until the last minute when Bronn was shown his second yellow card for time-wasting.

Five minutes later, Hakimi curled a superb shot into the net after being set up by Neymar, giving Mauricio Pochettino's side all three points after another below-par performance.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond and Toby Davis)

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