Kylian Mbappé moved onto a century of Ligue 1 goals as Paris Saint-Germain crushed title rivals Olympique Lyonnais 4-2 at the Groupama Stadium on Sunday night to go to the top of the table.
Olympique Lyonnais 2-4 Paris Saint-Germain
PSG had not beaten any of their direct rivals in the title race all season but they smelled blood in Lyon knowing a victory would see them claim first place on goal difference from LOSC, after Lille slipped to a shock 2-1 home defeat by struggling Nîmes earlier in the day.
The reigning champions put last week’s loss at home to FC Nantes firmly behind them as they blew Lyon away with Mbappé scoring twice and PSG finding themselves 4-0 up after 52 minutes before taking their foot off the pedal in the final half-hour.
They might have gone in front within six minutes, Mbappé setting off on an electrifying run down the left before crossing low for Moise Kean, whose effort from point-blank range was well saved by Anthony Lopes. That only delayed the inevitable. PSG took the lead in the 15th minute as Mbappé finished after Lopes saved Marco Verratti’s shot, and it was 2-0 just after the half-hour mark, Marquinhos nodding the ball down for Danilo Pereira to fire home.
Lyon still harboured hopes of a comeback as the teams came out for the second half, only to concede two more goals in the first seven minutes after the break. First Angel Di Maria whipped in a free-kick from wide on the right that evaded everyone as it found the net at the far post (47’), and then Verratti sent Mbappé away to beat Lopes and score his team’s fourth, and his 100th in the top flight.
Lyon were a beaten side, although they did pull one back in the 62nd minute when Islam Slimani fired home from outside the box and then another late on as Rayan Cherki released Maxwel Cornet to score.
It is a third home defeat in 2021 for Lyon, who remain three points off top spot in third, with PSG – who also saw Neymar Jr. make his return from injury as a second-half substitute – now top from Lille on goal difference and those two meeting in Paris in their next game on April 3.
THE PLAYER: Kylian Mbappé
It was Mbappé’s night. He knew he was just two goals away from a century of goals in Ligue 1 and he reached the milestone with a brace, opening and closing his team’s account on the night. Mbappé is also the league’s top scorer this season with 20 goals, six ahead of the next most prolific marksman, Memphis Depay of Lyon.
THE STAT: 100
It has taken Mbappé just 142 appearances to get to 100 Ligue 1 goals at the age of just 22. He joins Jimmy Briand of Girondins de Bordeaux as the leading scorer currently playing in Ligue 1.