PARIS (AP) — The goals keep coming for Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain, and Gianluigi Donnarumma is stopping them at the other end.
The Brazilian forward scored his eighth goal in seven French league games and Donnarumma avoided a penalty to give PSG a 1-0 win over Brest on Saturday.
Still unbeaten in all competitions, PSG briefly dropped to second place after Lane’s 1-0 win over Troyes on Friday.
With their sixth league win, Christophe Gaultier’s side moved two points clear.
The goal put Neymar ahead of teammate Kylian Mbappe at the top of the scoring charts. With the World Cup starting later this year, the former Barcelona player is in fine form, with an additional six assists.
Neymar scored in the 29th minute with the help of Lionel Messi. The Argentine picked out his team-mate brilliantly with a loose ball into the box which Neymar controlled with a light touch before firing home a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner.
PSG’s formidable attacking trio of Mbappe, Neymar and Messi combined well throughout the game, with Brest second best in all areas of the pitch at the Parc des Princes. The trio created havoc near the hour mark with quick passes but Mbappe deflected his shot and missed the target.
Mbappe had a goal ruled out for offside just before the half-hour, and Messi came close to doubling PSG’s lead after the break only to have his header hit the post from Mbappe’s cross as Brest keeper Marco Bizot headed home. It was well beaten.
PSG could pay for their procrastination after Brest were awarded a soft penalty with 20 minutes remaining when PSG defender Presnel Kempe was disallowed for a contact with Noah Fadiga. But Donnarumma gave a firm hand to Islam Soleimani’s attempt from the spot.
Donnarumma was decisive again nine minutes later to stop another Slimani effort and ensure the hosts remained in command.