PSG 4-0 Strasbourg: Kylian Mbappe and Moise Kean on target as Thomas Tuchel’s side romp to victory, but stay a point behind joint leaders Lille and Lyon in Ligue 1
- Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothee Pembele scored his first goal for the club
- Relegation-threatened visitors Strasbourg defended well throughout the game
- Recalled PSG forward Kylian Mbappe tapped in to effectively kill the contest
- Former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye scored the third in the 88th minute
- Before Toffees loanee striker Moise Kean sealed the win in stoppage time
Defender Timothee Pembele scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain as the French champions earned a 4-0 home win over Strasbourg to keep pace with Lyon and Lille at the top of Ligue 1.
Lyon will head into the two-week Christmas break on 36 points from 17 games after easing to a 3-0 home rout of Nantes, with Lille behind them on goal difference after a dramatic 3-2 win at eighth-placed Montpellier.
Third-placed PSG stayed a point adrift of the top two after a Kylian Mbappe tap-in, an Idrissa Gueye piledriver and an opportunistic finish from striker Moise Kean tore Strasbourg apart in the closing stages.
Paris Saint-Germain defender Timothee Pembele, 18, scored his first ever goal for the club
Superstar striker Kylian Mbappe, recalled to the side for Moise Kean, doubled PSG’s advantage
PSG: Navas; Kehrer, Marquinhos, Bakker; Pembele, Rafinha (Draxler 83), Herrera (Gueye 78), Verratti, Dagba; Di Maria (Fadiga 90), Mbappe (Kean 84)
Subs not used: Rico, Letellier, Ruiz-Atil
Goals: Pembele 18, Mbappe 79, Gueye 88, Kean 90+1
Strasbourg: Kawashima; Simakan (Chahiri 89), Mitrovic, Djiku; Lala, Sissoko (Thomasson 64), Aholou, Lienard (Prcic 64), Carole; Bellegarde (Diallo 77); Ajorque
Subs not used: Siby, Cacic, Zohi, Aaneba, Pierre
PSG were still missing Brazil forward Neymar through an ankle injury and their opener came from an unlikely source as 18-year old Pembele swept in an 18th-minute rebound after goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima parried Angel Di Maria’s shot.
The visitors were forced into submission in the last 10 minutes as Di Maria robbed Stefan Mitrovic of the ball and squared it to Mbappe, who could not miss.
Gueye then hit the bottom right corner with a screaming shot from 30 metres before Kean put the icing on the cake with a shot that cannoned off two defenders on the line into the net as Strasbourg fell apart.
Meanwhile, first-half goals from Karl Toko Ekambi, Tino Kadewere and Lucas Paqueta fired Lyon to a comfortable win over visiting Nantes.
Former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye scored the third with this strike in the 88th minute
Before Toffees loanee striker Moise Kean (right) sealed the win with a fourth in stoppage time
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has now seen his side go 30 games unbeaten against Strasbourg
Lille overcame Montpellier thanks to a late goal from Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz.
Timothy Weah and a Jonathan Ikone penalty had Lille 1-0 and 2-1 in front while Gaetan Laborde and Andy Delort replied for Montpellier, before Yilmaz netted an 87th-minute winner for the visitors.
Marseille dropped one place down to fifth and lost ground in the title race after a surprise 2-1 defeat at Angers.
Sixth-placed Monaco were held to a 2-2 draw at 10-man St Etienne, who had Eliot Matazo sent off in the first half.
Sofiane Diop gave the home side an early lead and Kevin Volland salvaged a point for them with a 48th-minute effort after Mathieu Debuchy and Denis Bouanga had turned the tide.
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