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Mbappe strikes as PSG keep pressure on Lille

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Paris, France - Kylian Mbappe's goal set Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on their way to a 4-1 win at Strasbourg on Saturday as Mauricio Pochettino's side moved back to within three points of leaders Lille in the Ligue 1 title race.

Pablo Sarabia and Moise Kean also scored in the first half while Leandro Paredes netted the fourth from a free-kick as PSG made short work of a trip to Alsace in between the two legs of their Champions League quarterfin­al tie against Bayern Munich.

Youngster Moise Sahi pulled a goal back for Strasbourg but the defending champions bounced back from losing at home to Lille last weekend and closed the gap on the leaders who beat 2-0 at Metz on Friday.

"It's an important victory for us because the three points put us in the race for the title, but it's not about pressure or being anxious," former Tottenham Hotspur boss Pochettino told Canal Plus.

"Today we showed real fight all together. We want to be more consistent but we are fighting in three massive competitio­ns. The team showed massive faith and belief and today was a very good game for us."

Mbappe had netted twice in PSG's stunning 3-2 win away to Bayern on Wednesday which gave them the upper hand before the return-leg on Tuesday.

Pochettino made seven changes to his team from the match in Germany, with Neymar one of the players dropping out as he began a two-game domestic ban following his red card against Lille. Captain Marquinhos also missed out after coming off injured in midweek, but Mbappe kept his place and played 88 minutes.

"The best way for Kylian to be ready is to play. If he feels something is wrong he will be the first one to stop," said Pochettino, dismissing suggestion­s he might have rested the World Cup-winning forward.

"We would not take a risk with any player. We are all profession­al and we always want to take the best decision for the team. That is football. We can't make everyone happy but Kylian is a player who is happy when he is on the pitch."

OTHER RESULTS

Sunday: Rennes 1 Nantes 0, Brest 1 Nimes 1, Lens 4 Lorient 1, Nice 0 Reims 0, Saint-Etienne 4 Bordeaux 1, Monaco 3 Dijon 0. Saturday: Montpellie­r 3 Marseille 3.

ITALIAN LEAGUE

Inter go 11 clear

Milan, Italy - Matteo Darmian was the unlikely hero as Inter Milan beat Cagliari 1-0 on Sunday to extend their Serie A lead to 11 points.

The former Manchester United full-back tapped home

Achraf Hakimi's cross with 14 minutes remaining to seal an 11th successive victory.

Antonio Conte's side now require 16 points from eight games to win their first league title since 2009-10.

AC Milan are second, with Juventus - who have won the past nine titles - one point behind them after a 3-1 win over Genoa on Sunday.

Dejan Kulusevski gave Andrea Pirlo's side the lead with a clever finish and Alvaro Morata made it 2-0 after Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post. Gianluca Scamacca headed in for Genoa but Weston McKennie slotted home to make the game safe.

OTHER RESULTS

Sunday: Hellas Verona 0 Lazio 1, Sampdoria 0 Napoli 2. Saturday: Parma 1 AC Milan 3, Udinese 0 Torino 1.

GERMAN LEAGUE

Sunday: Schalke 1 Augsburg 0. Saturday: Werder Bremen 1 RB Leipzig 4, VfB Stuttgart 2 Borussia Dortmund 3.

 ??  ?? PSG’s Kylian Mbappe reacts during the match against Strasbourg
PSG’s Kylian Mbappe reacts during the match against Strasbourg

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