Kylian Mbappe scored twice to take his tally to 18 objectives in Ligue 1 this season as Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 4-0 victory at backside membership Dijon on Saturday to maintain the strain on leaders Lille within the title race.
Moise Kean and Danilo Pereira additionally scored for Mauricio Pochettino’s crew, who bounced again from a 2-0 residence defeat by Monaco final weekend and moved again as much as second within the desk, some extent behind Lille.
The leaders play on Sunday at residence to Strasbourg, whereas Lyon are two factors behind the capital membership however can leapfrog them once more with a win at Marseille, additionally on Sunday.
Fourth-placed Monaco are six factors off high spot however can prolong their unbeaten run to 12 video games after they face Brest within the principality.
“I’m very proud. We have been very skilled and it was necessary for us to get again to successful methods,” Pochettino informed Canal Plus.
PSG, who go to Bordeaux in midweek, have now gained seven and misplaced two of Pochettino’s first 10 league video games in cost.
“The crew must be extra constant within the league,” Pochettino added. “In fact it’s a psychological factor, however it’s also bodily, it’s about efficiency.”
Former Monaco striker Mbappe had been saved quiet by his outdated membership however he obtained again among the many objectives in opposition to the division’s backside aspect, who’ve now misplaced their final seven video games.
Mbappe scored twice when PSG beat Dijon 4-0 at residence in October and repeated the feat right here to maneuver onto 23 for the season in all competitions.
The victory was achieved within the ongoing absence of Neymar, with the world’s costliest participant lacking a fourth consecutive recreation with a groin damage.
He has returned to particular person coaching however, having already missed the primary leg, he stays a doubt for the Champions League last-16 return match at residence to Barcelona on March 10.
Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes and Alessandro Florenzi have been additionally lacking on the Stade Gaston-Gerard together with long-term damage sufferer Juan Bernat.
“We’ve a giant squad and we have to present that everybody can struggle for his or her place,” replied Pochettino.
– Kean makes mark once more –
On-loan Everton striker Kean saved his place and he opened the scoring inside six minutes, taking a contact and poking residence from shut vary after being arrange by Abdou Diallo.
Kean, who was additionally on the right track twice within the final assembly of the perimeters, has now scored 15 occasions for PSG, who might nicely be satisfied to make his mortgage transfer right into a everlasting switch come the season’s finish.
Mbappe made it 2-0 within the thirty second minute, changing a penalty awarded for a Bersant Celina handball.
Julian Draxler had one other purpose disallowed for offside however Mbappe scored once more six minutes into the second half, sweeping a low, first-time shot into the nook from a Rafinha cross to complete off a flowing transfer.
Danilo, on mortgage from Porto, wrapped up the win late on as he headed in Draxler’s nook for his first purpose in French soccer, earlier than being changed by 17-year-old midfielder Edouard Michut who was making his senior debut.
Dijon are eight factors adrift on the backside and 9 factors from outright security.
Saturday’s different recreation noticed Metz win 2-1 at Bordeaux because of a stoppage-time purpose by Cape Verde worldwide Vagner Dias Goncalves.
Metz are fifth, a place which brings with it qualification for the inaugural UEFA Europa Convention League subsequent season.
Elsewhere, Marseille on Friday introduced the appointment of Argentine Jorge Sampaoli, 60, as their new coach on a deal to 2023.
He’s the everlasting successor to the sacked Andre Villas-Boas and arrives after a 12 months at Brazilian aspect Atletico Mineiro.
Sampaoli, who coached Argentina on the 2018 World Cup, won’t nevertheless be on the bench for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to Lyon.