Moffi Outshines Mbappé as Nice Clinches 3-2 Victory at PSG
Terem Moffi steals the show with two goals and an assist as Nice defeats Paris Saint-Germain 3-2, handing them their first loss under new coach Luis Enrique.
In a thrilling match, Terem Moffi stole the spotlight from Kylian Mbappé by scoring two goals and providing an assist to lead Nice to a 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the French league. This defeat marked PSG's first under new coach Luis Enrique and raised concerns for fans ahead of their upcoming Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.
Once again, PSG's defensive weaknesses were exposed, as Moffi capitalized on their vulnerabilities with his clinical finishing. Moffi's speed and intelligent off-the-ball runs perfectly complemented Nice's effective counterattacking style.
The loss was a costly one for PSG, as it now sits one point behind second-place Nice and two points behind league leaders Monaco, who will face Lorient on Sunday.
Moffi played a crucial role in Nice's victory, not only scoring two goals but also setting up Gaetan Laborde for a sliding finish. His first goal came in the 21st minute when he capitalized on a scramble in the penalty area and expertly placed a deflected shot past goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Mbappé equalized for PSG just eight minutes later with a powerful shot from outside the box.
However, Moffi was not done yet. In the 53rd minute, he provided a precise pass to Laborde, who finished with a sliding effort. Moffi then sealed his impressive performance with a goal of his own in the 68th minute. Controlling a pass in midfield, he cleverly flicked the ball to Laborde before receiving it back and calmly slotting it past Donnarumma into the bottom left corner of the net.
Moffi's celebration, which involved removing his jersey and waving it over his head, earned him a yellow card and stirred some tension with Mbappé, who exchanged words with him at the halfway line.
In the dying moments of the game, PSG managed to pull one back through Mbappé, who was set up by substitute Randal Kolo Muani. Kolo Muani, who recently became PSG's third most expensive signing in history, joined the team from Eintracht Frankfurt for a staggering 95 million euros ($101 million).
Overall, Moffi's outstanding performance and Nice's victory over PSG highlighted the defensive frailties of the reigning champions. It also set the stage for an intriguing battle for the top spot in the French league, with Nice and Monaco currently leading the way. PSG will need to address their defensive issues if they want to reclaim their title and compete at the highest level in the Champions League.