Moise Kean and Kylian Mbappe each scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain beat Dijon 4-0 on Saturday to go high of Ligue 1, whereas the match between Lens and Nantes was postponed after 11 members of the house squad examined constructive for coronavirus.
Kean began on the Parc des Princes and scored a first-half brace, his first targets since shifting to PSG on mortgage from Everton.
Mbappe then changed the Italy worldwide within the latter levels and added a late double of his personal as Thomas Tuchel’s staff — for whom Neymar was excellent — bounced again from their midweek Champions League loss to Manchester United and made it six consecutive Ligue 1 victories.
The end result allowed PSG to go high of the desk, some extent away from Lille, though the northerners can reclaim first place by beating Good on Sunday.
“A very powerful factor was to get again to profitable methods at dwelling,” captain Marquinhos advised Canal+.
“We all know this season isn’t going to be straightforward. We’re going to have a lot of matches, we rotated the staff right here however we have been nonetheless aggressive on the sector.”
The reigning champions have been lacking 9 gamers on account of damage or suspension, together with Angel di Maria and Marco Verratti, whereas Mbappe was rested at kick-off forward of a visit to Turkey to play Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.
In a sport performed behind closed doorways within the French capital due to the well being disaster, Kean got here in and transformed a Mitchel Bakker cross to open the scoring within the third minute.
Neymar then headed towards the submit earlier than organising Kean’s second aim halfway by means of the primary half.
Launched on the counter-attack by Julian Draxler, Neymar ran half the size of the sector with the ball earlier than leaving Kean with a simple end.
PSG misplaced Draxler to damage within the second half earlier than Mbappe changed Kean and ran onto a Neymar go to make it 3-0 eight minutes from time.
Within the 88th minute Neymar produced a beautiful go to pick Pablo Sarabia, who teed up Mbappe to seal the win.
Marseille gained 1-0 at Lorient earlier with a second-half aim from Argentine defender Leonardo Balerdi shifting them as much as fourth simply behind Rennes, who misplaced 2-1 to Angers on Friday.
Andre Villas-Boas’s facet host Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League on Tuesday.
– ‘Well being state of affairs takes precedence’ –
Lens’ dwelling conflict with Nantes scheduled for Sunday was known as off after they misplaced the equal of an entire staff to constructive coronavirus exams.
In a press release, the French league (LFP) mentioned that “noting the sure absence of 11 Lens gamers from a listing of 30 due to constructive RT-PCR exams…it has determined to postpone the sport between Lens and Nantes scheduled for Sunday to a later date”.
Lens didn’t affirm the id of the gamers involved, however native newspaper La Voix du Nord reported that two workers members, together with coach Franck Haise, have been additionally constructive.
“The well being state of affairs takes precedence however this modifications a whole lot of issues for the league itself,” mentioned the Nantes coach, Christian Gourcuff, whose squad had already travelled to Lens.
“I feel that what we’ve got skilled goes to occur once more.”
It’s not the primary time this season a Ligue 1 sport has been postponed on account of Covid-19. Marseille’s assembly with Bordeaux on the opening evening of the marketing campaign in August was rescheduled for a similar purpose.
After that, and fearing an avalanche of postponements, the LFP relaxed its well being protocol to make sure video games may go forward so long as no less than 20 gamers from a listing of 30 on every staff examined destructive.
The Ligue 2 sport between Grenoble and Nancy scheduled for Saturday was additionally postponed after 13 Grenoble gamers examined constructive together with 5 workers members.
Lens and its surrounding area, in far northern France, are at the moment beneath a nighttime curfew together with a lot of the nation as a part of efforts to cut back the unfold of the virus.
France has recorded multiple million circumstances and near 35,000 deaths from Covid-19.