Paris Saint-Germain’s stars got here into their closing recreation earlier than the World Cup as France striker Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring in a 5-0 dwelling win over Auxerre on Sunday.
Argentine famous person Lionel Messi, Brazilian Neymar and Mbappe all began in opposition to Auxerre as Paris Saint-Germain maintained their five-point Ligue 1 lead over second-place Lens.
Messi and Neymar got here out quarter-hour earlier than the tip of the match, however Mbappe performed the complete match, though he got here out close to the tip of final week on account of muscle fatigue.
Mbappe joins the defending champions France squad on Monday earlier than touring to Qatar on Wednesday.
“As soon as I had my gamers up and working, I centered on managing them,” PSG coach Christophe Galthe stated. “I rapidly made adjustments to guard them.”
PSG rested Brazil defender Marquinhos on account of some muscle discomfort.
And the Paris Saint-Germain gamers didn’t again down in opposition to Auxerre, regardless of the concern of a late damage, because the opening purpose got here after 10 minutes.
“I ask the folks I work with to be demanding, to not fall right into a consolation zone… We needed to win, Lens was in a tremendous race,” stated Galthi. “I wished to choose essentially the most aggressive group. The gamers responded very properly in the present day, we have been critical and protracted.”
Messi made a intelligent cross over the protection of Portuguese defender Nuno Mendes, as he chipped in on the left flank, and Mbappe blocked a cross from Mbappe to attain his twelfth purpose within the league.
The purpose was awarded after a video evaluate after Neymar dealt with the ball moments earlier within the Auxerre penalty space.
The PSG protection was caught when M’Baye Niang took benefit of an extended ball and fired a robust shot that was properly saved by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Neymar was injured within the thirtieth minute after an enormous problem, however he instantly returned to proceed enjoying.
World Cup destined Mendes once more broke down the left and his cross was deftly tapped in by striker Carlos Soler within the 51st minute. Proper-back Achraf Hakimi made it 3-0 shortly after.
Hakimi, one of many key gamers in Morocco’s World Cup squad, latched on to Soler’s cross and powered from the midway level to beat goalkeeper Benoit Costel.
Defender Presnel Kempembe, who has solely performed one hour of soccer since struggling a hamstring damage on September 18, was off the bench and got here on for the final quarter-hour.
Kimpembe, who helped France win the 2018 World Cup, is in France’s injury-plagued squad.
“I had in thoughts for him to play in the present day. I did not wish to begin with him as a result of it had been a very long time since he had performed,” stated Galthi.
Attacking midfielder Renato Sanchez added the fourth purpose with a shot from the fitting nook that bounced off the left put up. Hugo Ikitek made it 5-0 together with his first purpose for the membership.
A late victory for Marseille Defender Sid Kolasinac scored eight minutes into stoppage time as fourth-placed Marseille received 3-2 at Monaco to remain one level away from third-placed Rennes. Monaco dropped to sixth.
Veteran Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez put Marseille forward within the thirty fifth minute with a free kick from the sting of the field.
Striker Wissam Ben Yedder equalized for Monaco moments earlier than half-time with an emphatic Panenka-style penalty, then attacking midfielder Aleksander Golovin despatched Kevin Volland on within the 72nd minute to make it 2-1 in opposition to Monaco.
Nevertheless, French midfielder Jordan Veretout equalized with a low shot within the 83rd minute earlier than Kolasinac’s free kick was transformed by fellow substitute Dimitri Payet.
Alternatively, Nigerian striker Terim Mofi scored his tenth purpose of the season as fifth-placed Lorient drew 1-1 in opposition to struggling Strasbourg, incomes a degree by means of striker Habib Diallo within the 87th minute.
Seventh-placed Lille beat backside membership Angers 1-0 with defender Thiago Diallo scoring late within the first half.
Additionally, Reims in midfield drew 1-1 with Montpellier, which equalized in stoppage time by means of midfielder Sacha Delay’s first purpose for the membership. He’s the son of former Montpellier midfielder Philippe Delay, who made practically 250 league appearances for the southern membership.
Nantes got here again from 2-0 down within the final 20 minutes to attract 2-2 at dwelling with Ajaccio, and Brest moved above Auxerre into sixteenth place with a 2-1 dwelling win in opposition to Troyes.
The league is taking a break for the World Cup and can resume on December twenty eighth.