Ligue 1: PSG thrash Montpellier


Last Updated: 20/02/19 11:28pm

Kylian Mbappe scored for PSG on Wednesday night

Kylian Mbappe scored for PSG on Wednesday night

Paris Saint-Germain moved 15 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after they thrashed Montpellier 5-1 on Wednesday.

Kylian Mbappe scored his league-leading 20th goal of the season as he has led PSG’s attack with ease in the absence of Edinson Cavani and Neymar.

The 20-year-old France forward has netted in three straight games since both forwards were ruled out of PSG’s trip to face Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League last week.

This goal was deflected, however, as he completed the scoring in the 79th minute with a shot that looped off 41-year-old Brazilian defender Vitorino Hilton and over the goalkeeper. A minute earlier, Hilton deflected another Mbappe shot but this one was given as an own goal.

Left-back Layvin Kurzawa put PSG in front when he headed in a cross from right back Dani Alves in the 13th minute.

Montpellier midfielder Florent Mollet equalized in the 31st minute with a free-kick from the right angle of the penalty area which looked to have been saved by goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, but the referee awarded it after goal-line technology ruled the ball crossed the line before Buffon scooped it away.

Angel Di Maria’s superb curling free kick put PSG 2-1 up on the stroke of half-time and after the break, PSG scored three goals in six minutes with the first coming from midfielder Christopher Nkunku’s deflected header and finished of by the Hilton own goal and Mbappe strike.

In Wednesday’s other match, 13th-place Bordeaux drew 0-0 at home to last-place Guingamp.

Striker Josh Maja made his second start for Bordeaux since joining from third-tier English side Sunderland. The 20-year-old showed neat touches and took up good positions, but was substituted for the more physical and less technical Andreas Cornelius at half-time.

After heading against the crossbar from close range right at the end of Guingamp’s 2-1 loss at Lyon last Friday, striker Nolan Roux miscued again when he scooped the ball over an open goal from close range in the closing stages.

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