Paris Saint-Germain shrugged off the absence of a suspended Neymar to beat basement facet Nimes 3-0 in Ligue 1 on Wednesday, whereas crisis-hit rivals Marseille let slip a two-goal lead towards Lens.
Angel di Maria pounced on a misplaced move to steer PSG forward on 17 minutes on the Parc des Princes, with Pablo Sarabia heading in a cross from the Argentine to double the benefit.
Thilo Kehrer rattled the crossbar at a nook earlier than PSG goalkeeper Sergio Rico, once more filling in for the injured Keylor Navas, reacted sharply to tip over from Lamine Fomba.
Kylian Mbappe bagged a 3rd for the hosts halfway by the second half with an outstanding curling strike from 20 yards, his league-leading fifteenth aim of the season.
PSG surrendered high spot on the weekend following a shock 3-2 loss at Lorient, Mauricio Pochettino’s first defeat since taking cost, and stay three factors again of leaders Lille forward of Sunday’s journey to Marseille.
“It is a good response after the frustration of the defeat at Lorient,” mentioned Pochettino. “The group created possibilities and managed the match.”
“We did not play the 2 halves with the identical depth, the gamers maybe had Sunday’s sport on their thoughts a bit,” he added.
“We’ll should be at our greatest for 90 minutes then, like within the Champions Trophy.”
After three league defeats in a row, Marseille surged 2-0 forward at Lens as Florian Thauvin and Arkadiusz Milik, making his first begin for the membership, struck close to the top of the primary half.
However Florian Sotoca halved the deficit proper after half-time and Facundo Medina flicked within the equaliser with an hour gone, the 2-2 draw leaving Marseille with only one win in 10 video games in all competitions.
Nasser Larguet, head of the membership’s academy, took management of the group following the suspension of coach Andre-Villas-Boas on Tuesday. The Portuguese had earlier supplied to resign following a row over transfers.
“If you lead 2-0 you may have regrets, however I am very happy with the gamers,” mentioned Larguet.
“They lived as much as expectations when it comes to dedication. I take my hat off to them as a result of it was troublesome bodily on the finish.
“I am certain there is a sturdy hyperlink between the bodily and psychological facet and up to date occasions have left a mark on the gamers as a result of they have been very hooked up to the coach.”
– 5 in a row –
Lille recorded their fifth consecutive victory with a 3-0 win at Bordeaux.
Yusuf Yazici, Timothy Weah and Jonathan David scored second-half objectives as Lille stayed out in entrance of chasing duo Lyon and PSG.
Turkey worldwide Yazici slammed a move from Jonathan Bamba into the roof of the web on 54 minutes as Lille finally broke down Bordeaux.
US worldwide Weah then utilized the of completion from a Luiz Araujo lay-off because the Brazilian ran freed from the Bordeaux defence following a blistering counter-attack simply previous the hour.
Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan made an outstanding reflex save to show away Hwang Ui-jo’s header, and the guests added a late third by Canadian substitute David.
“What was the distinction tonight? The squad and Mike (Maignan) who was key. Benoit (Costil) did not have many saves to make and Mike had three, he stored us within the match,” mentioned Lille coach Christophe Galtier.
Lyon keep two factors behind Lille after their 1-0 victory at struggling Dijon, who’re nonetheless winless at house this time period.
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta collected a move from Karl Toko Ekambi to fit within the sport’s solely aim on 22 minutes.
Monaco made it six wins from six within the new yr as captain Wissam Ben Yedder netted twice in a 2-1 victory over Cote d’Azur neighbours Good.
Ben Yedder’s first-half penalty was cancelled out by a Pierre Lees-Melou aim, however the France striker rifled in a free-kick from distance to maintain Niko Kovac’s facet inside contact of the highest three.
Fifth-placed Rennes conceded a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at house to resurgent Lorient.
Metz prolonged their unbeaten run to 6 matches following a 1-1 draw with Montpellier, whereas Brest drew 2-2 at Strasbourg and the sport between Reims and Angers completed goalless.
Raymond Domenech’s seek for a primary win as Nantes boss continues following a 1-1 draw at Saint-Etienne.