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Mbappé returns for PSG and stars in 3-0 win at Nice

PSG's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a penalty shoot during the French League One soccer match between Nice and Paris Saint-Germain at the All...
PSG's Angel Di Maria, second right, is congratulated by teammate Kylian Mbappe after scoring during the French League One soccer match between Nice an...
PSG's Kylian Mbappe, right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring the opening goal during the French League One soccer match between Nice and Pa...
PSG's Kylian Mbappe scores a penalty shoot during the French League One soccer match between Nice and Paris Saint-Germain at the Allianz Riviera stadi...

PSG's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a penalty shoot during the French League One soccer match between Nice and Paris Saint-Germain at the All...

PSG's Angel Di Maria, second right, is congratulated by teammate Kylian Mbappe after scoring during the French League One soccer match between Nice an...

PSG's Kylian Mbappe, right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring the opening goal during the French League One soccer match between Nice and Pa...

PSG's Kylian Mbappe scores a penalty shoot during the French League One soccer match between Nice and Paris Saint-Germain at the Allianz Riviera stadi...

PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappé returned to the Paris Saint-Germain side after recovering from the coronavirus and starred in a 3-0 win at Nice on Sunday.

Mbappé won and converted a penalty in the 38th minute and after his fine run and shot was saved in first-half injury time, Ángel Di María tucked the loose ball away from close range.

Di María turned provider when his free kick set up Marquinhos for a header midway through the second half.

A second straight win takes some pressure off coach Thomas Tuchel after PSG lost its opening two games amid a flurry of red cards and Neymar was suspended along with three other players.

But in a blow for Nice, striker Kasper Dolberg and two other first-teamers were absent after testing positive for COVID-19. Coach Patrick Vieira re-shuffled with Amine Gouiri moving from the wing to center forward but he was ineffective.

With the 1 p.m. start time aimed at the Asian television market, PSG's players had their names written using Chinese characters on the back of their jerseys.

Mbappé missed a couple of chances but won a penalty when midfielder Khéphren Thuram — the son of former France defender Lilian Thuram — clipped his heel. Mbappé sent goalie Walter Benítez the wrong way.

Nice went close in the second half. Former Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin’s shot from 20 meters was palmed away by goalie Keylor Navas, who saved with his legs from Rony Lopes.

Navas saved from Youcef Atal before Marquinhos made the game safe, and Mbappé had an effort chalked off for offside before being replaced.

Later Sunday, Saint-Étienne aims for a fourth straight victory when it travels to face Nantes.

Marseille, which won 1-0 at PSG last Sunday, hosts Lille at Stade Vélodrome.

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