In a hard-fought match, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) secured a tense 2-0 victory against Le Havre, showcasing resilience after an early red card for goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Despite the numerical disadvantage, PSG moved four points clear of second-placed Nice in the league standings.
The visitors faced adversity when Fabian Ruiz suffered a shoulder injury defending a set-piece, leading to an early substitution. Le Havre's bright start and a long ball that exploited a defensive lapse by PSG resulted in Donnarumma's red card in the 10th minute.
Kylian Mbappe, PSG's captain, demonstrated his scoring prowess with a fine goal, his 15th in the league this season. Ousmane Dembele's well-timed pass allowed Mbappe to showcase his skill, wrong-footing the goalkeeper from inside the D and finding the net via the post.
Despite Le Havre's attempts to capitalize on their numerical advantage, PSG held their ground. Arnau Tenas, replacing Donnarumma, made crucial saves, and a sliding interception by Danilo Pereira maintained PSG's lead.
The match witnessed chances for both teams, with Mohamed Bayo and Dembele testing Tenas, and a near miss by Dembele hitting the far post. Le Havre pressed forward, creating opportunities that were thwarted by saves from Tenas and a crucial interception by Pereira.
In the 70th minute, PSG had a promising chance to double their lead, but a resilient defensive effort by Christopher Operi denied Dembele. Tenas once again proved pivotal with a double save in the 78th minute, denying Nabil Alioui's attempt.
PSG sealed the victory in the 89th minute when Vitinha, taking a shot from distance, benefited from a large deflection that looped the ball over the Le Havre goalkeeper. Despite the challenges, PSG's strategic play and defensive resilience ultimately secured the crucial three points away from home.
The win solidifies PSG's position at the top of the league, highlighting their ability to overcome adversity and maintain their lead in the title race.