Mbappe helps PSG to ex­tend lead

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Paris, France - Kylian Mbappe helped Paris Saint-Ger­main (PSG) ex­tend its French League lead on Sun­day with a brace in a com­fort­able 4-0 win over ten-man Saint-Eti­enne, while Mem­phis De­pay's cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment tear looks to have ruled him out of Euro 2020.

France for­ward Mbappe took his league tally to nine in 11 ap­pear­ances as his side took ad­van­tage of sec­ond-placed Mar­seille only draw­ing at Metz on Satur­day to move seven points clear and tighten its grip on the French cham­pi­onship, which it has won six out of the last seven sea­sons.

Le­an­dro Pare­des set the ball rolling in the tenth minute with a de­flected strike and once Jean Eudes Aholou was sent off in the 25th minute for a late tackle on the Ar­gen­tine PSG could stroll its way to three points.

Mbappe then ended any question of a Saint-Eti­enne come­back a minute be­fore the break when he swiftly col­lected Ney­mar's bril­liant through ball be­fore sweep­ing his fin­ish past Stephane Ruffier.

Brazil­ian Ney­mar then missed the chance to make it three from the penalty spot just af­ter the hour mark, his spot­kick clip­ping the out­side of the post, be­fore Mauro Icardi made it 13 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son with a tap-in 11 min­utes later. Mbappe put the cherry on the cake in the fi­nal minute as the home fans let off a cas­cade of fire­works in the stands.

De­pay’s Eu­ros at risk

Ear­lier Lyon fell fur­ther be­hind in the reck­on­ing af­ter los­ing 0-1 at home to Rennes, but the worst news of the night for Rudi Garcia's side was the cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury that ended star at­tacker Mem­phis De­pay's sea­son. Lyon said that De­pay would be out for 'no less than six months', which if cor­rect would also rule him out of Euro 2020, which be­gins on June 12. De­pay has scored eight times in his last eight matches for Lyon.

Other re­sults: Ital­ian League: Roma 3 SPAL 1, Fiorentina 1 In­ter Mi­lan 1.

(AFP)

Real Madrid's Karim Ben­zema cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing against hosts Va­len­cia at the Mestalla Sta­dium on Sun­day

Kylian Mbappe of PSG

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