Paris Saint-Germain continued to assert their dominance in the French Ligue 1 with yet another resounding victory on Saturday evening.A brace from in-form French hitman Kylian Mbappe and a second-half strike from Nuno Mendes handed Christoph Galtier’s men a 3-0 win over 10-man Nantes.Just as they have done throughout their previous outings in the French top-flight, PSG began the game all guns blazing but it was Nantes who made the first attempt at goal after just ten minutes.The early scare sparked the fury of the visitors with Danilo unleashing a powerful drive inside the box, only for his goal-bound effort to be equally repelled by Lafont in the 15th minute At the second time of asking, PSG managed to unlock the defence of Nantes with Leo Messi setting up Mbappe, who made no mistake to draw first blood from close range after 18 minutes.
Nantes will be reduced to 10 men when Fabio received his marching orders which worsened an already difficult situation for the home team.
After recess, it was all PSG as Christoph Galtier’s men sought to end the game as a contest before the final whistle and Mbappe will do exactly that when he grabbed his brace and the team’s second of the night.
Nuno Mendes will bring daylight between the two sides with his strike in the 68th minute to stretch the lead for PSG.Tried as much PSG did, the visitors could not replicate the same scoreline in the French Super Cup against the same opposition in July but nonetheless, they will hold on to reclaim top spot with 16 points and a healthy goal difference of 20 goals.Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Paris Saint-Germain returned to winning ways when the Parisians dispatched Toulouse in a routine win on Wednesday night at the Stadium Municipal.A goal on either side of halftime from forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in addition to a stoppage-time strike from Juan Bernat handed Christoph Galtier’s men all three points at stake.Fresh after sharing the spoils with AS Monaco, the French champions began the game with their foot on the pedal as a lovely run from Mbappe saw the Frenchman in a 1v1 situation only for the Toulouse goalkeeper to come out on top in that duel.
Kylian Mbappe scored a goal in each half as Paris Saint-Germain beat 10-man Nantes 3-0 on Saturday to stay on top of the Ligue 1 table from Marseille, who beat Auxerre 2-0 with Alexis Sanchez on target.
Marseille had briefly gone to the summit with that win, but PSG responded in style later and are leaders thanks to their far superior goal difference, having scored 24 goals in just six league outings this season.
Mbappe joined Neymar at the top of the scorers’ charts on seven for the campaign thanks to his brace at the Stade de la Beaujoire, with his opener coming in the 18th minute.
The France star curled a superb strike over goalkeeper Alban Lafont and into the net at the end of a breakaway after being set up by Lionel Messi.
Nantes had beaten PSG at home in this fixture last season but their hopes of taking anything from the reigning champions this time were seriously hampered when they had Brazilian full-back Fabio sent off midway through the first half.
The former Manchester United defender was shown a straight red card for a high challenge in midfield on Vitinha that forced the Portuguese player to come off hurt.
PSG scored again shortly after half-time as Messi set up Mbappe to finish at the near post, with the goal initially being disallowed for offside only to be awarded following a VAR check.
Rested at kick-off, Neymar came off the bench after that and played a part in the third goal in the 68th minute as his shot came back off the upright and Nuno Mendes followed up to finish.
PSG now turn their attentions to the Champions League and their opening group game at home to Juventus on Tuesday, when the in-form Neymar is sure to return to the starting line-up.
“There is always the risk that you can break a player’s dynamic if they are in good form but don’t accept being left out of the team,” admitted PSG coach Christophe Galtier of his decision to bench the Brazilian.
“But I had a long discussion with him yesterday. I made my decision and he accepted it.”
Galtier, who said Vitinha had taken a heavy knock to his kneecap, insisted his team would still have to raise their game in the Champions League.
“We are on a good run. We are scoring goals and playing well. The players are playing for each other, but the Champions League is another level.
“I watched Juve this afternoon and this will be a different match. We cannot expect an easy game.