KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 6, 2018
Timothy Weah carried his remarkable preseason form into the Trophee des Champions on Saturday as he scored a goal to help Paris Saint Germain claim their first piece of silverware of the new season.
It is rare to have a cup competition for one of the European leagues being played outside the continent, but Shenzhen, China, would play host to the game as PSG walloped Monaco at the Universiade Sports Center in the south China city.
PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel gave Weah the start for the game and the young American made the most of the opportunity as he played the entire 90 minutes.
With some of the capital team's players just returning from World Cup duty with their respective countries - namely Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani - Weah has used every opportunity he has been given during the preseason to impress Tuchel as some analyst have predicted that the 18-year-old will go on loan for the season.
The Parisians showed their dominance throughout the game and opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Angel Di Maria's free-kick got past the outstrechted hand of Monaco goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
PSG doubled their lead seven minutes later when Christopher Nkunku tapped in a low cross from teammate Stanley Nsoki from close range.
The momentum belonged all to PSG and it continued into the second half when Weah scored his first professional goal in the 67th minute. Nsoki slipped past his marker near the byline on the left and directed his pass to the wide open teen who shot went between the legs of Benaglio and into the back of the net.
Di Maria rounded out the scoring in stoppage time as he put away his second on the night with the assist from Adrien Rabiot.
It was good night for PSG and a positive step for them a they look to defend their Ligue 1 crown and improve on their performances in the Champions League.
Will Weah play a part in the first team this season or when Tuchel send him out on loan? That should be answered before the transfer deadline.