‘Phe­nom­e­non’ Mbappe keeps Monaco top

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Teenage sen­sa­tion Kylian Mbappe was de­scribed as a “phe­nom­e­non” af­ter in­spir­ing Monaco to a 3-0 win at Caen on Sun­day as the French Ligue 1 lead­ers main­tained their three-point ad­van­tage over Paris Saint-Ger­main.

Monaco now have 71 points with eight games to play al­though Paris stayed in their slip­stream af­ter the four-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons came back from a goal down to beat Lyon 2-1.

Early sea­son pace-set­ters Nice have 64 points af­ter a 1-1 draw at Nantes on Satur­day which put them four be­hind PSG while Lyon’s loss left them 14 points out­side the Cham­pi­ons League places.

Four days af­ter edg­ing Manch­ester City into the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nals, Mbappe, who scored in both legs of the City win, ran Caen ragged.

Caen coach Pa­trice Garande said af­ter the game Monaco had been bet­ter in ev­ery depart­ment, but sin­gled out Mbappe for spe­cial praise.

“They have an ab­so­lute phe­nom­e­non up front — Mbappe

We knew be­fore­hand it was go­ing to be a tough af­ter­noon. We were de­servedly beaten by a re­ally, re­ally great side.

PA­TRICE GARANDE

Caen coach

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