Kylian Mbappe scored the decisive goal but was later sent off as Paris Saint-Germain survived a major scare, and the concession of a VAR-awarded penalty, to win 4-2 at Nimes in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Neymar and Angel di Maria, the latter direct from a corner, had PSG two goals up at the Stade des Costieres, only for their newly-promoted opponents to haul themselves level heading into the final 20 minutes.
But Mbappe struck in the 77th minute, his fourth goal in three appearances since winning the World Cup, to break Nimes hearts before Edinson Cavani completed the scoring in injury time.
However, there was still time for Mbappe to be sent off right at the death following a clash with Teji Savanier, who was also dismissed, in a remarkable finish to the game.
PSG have now won all four Ligue 1 games this season under new German coach Thomas Tuchel. They are three points clear of surprise package Dijon, who can join them at the summit if they beat Caen later.
“It was a great victory. The atmosphere here in Nimes is crazy. The pitch was terrible,” Tuchel told beIN Sports.
“We knew Nimes would put up a lot of resistance, but we responded. I liked the reaction from my team at 2-2, It was top.”
Future opponents of Liverpool in the Champions League, Paris had been busy in the transfer market before the European window closed on Friday night, completing the surprise signing of Cameroon forward Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting. He agreed a two-year deal to follow Spanish left-back Juan Bernat, signed from Bayern Munich.
Neither player featured here, however, and Tuchel’s other summer recruits, Gianluigi Buffon and German defender Thilo Kehrer, started on the bench.
With PSG on the ropes, Mbappe rescued them 13 minutes from time as he controlled Presnel Kimpembe’s long ball forward and blasted home on the volley.
Mbappe marred his and his team’s afternoon, though, when he violently shoved Savanier to the floor in anger at a foul by the Nimes player, as both teams ended the game with 10 men.
The 19-year-old will now miss PSG’s next Ligue 1 game against Saint-Etienne in a fortnight.
© Agence France-Presse (additional edits from Chris Kelleher)