League Round-Up: Kylian Mbappe, Neymar do the trick
Kylian Mbappe and Neymar scored hat-tricks on Saturday as Paris Saint-Germain hammered Clermont 6-1 away to move a step closer to the Ligue 1 title. Mbappe, who scored two and set up two last weekend against Lorient, struck both sides of the interval, just like Neymar, to take his league season tally to 20 and put PSG on 71 points from 31 games.
Rennes are ahead of Olympique de Marseille on goal difference, after holding off Stade de Reims’s late challenge in a 3-2 away win earlier on Saturday. In Clermont, PSG were unstoppable despite a mediocre first half.
Neymar put them ahead after six minutes, firing home with a low crossed shot after being set up by Lionel Messi. Messi also set up the second for Mbappe, who beat Arthur Desmas from inside the box with a clinical half volley in the 19th minute.
Clermont, however, hit back just before half-time when Saif-Eddine Khaoui’s cross was met by Dossou, who found the back of the net with a right-footed effort from the penalty spot.
PSG were then unstoppable in the second half.
Neymar put them 3-1 up with a penalty after a foul on Mbappe in the 72nd minute, two minutes before the French international added a fourth, dribbling past the keeper after being set up by Neymar to tap the ball into the empty net.
Six minutes later, Mbappe was at it again, benefiting from a nice combination between Messi and Neymar to curl a shot into the top corner.
Seven minutes from time, Mbappe rushed into the area and his pass was collected by Neymar who coolly finished it off from close range.
Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic pounced 15 minutes from time to earn Juventus a 2-1 comeback victory at Cagliari in Serie A. Juve made a slow start in Sardinia and fell behind when Italy striker Joao Pedro stroked the hosts into a 10th-minute lead.
The visitors dominated the remainder of the opening period and got themselves back on level terms on the stroke of half-time when Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt headed home.
There was only going to be one winner as Juve remained well on top in the second half, with the pressure finally telling as January signing Vlahovic scored his fifth league goal since arriving in Turin to seal victory for his new side.
At the other end of the standings, Cagliari’s fifth successive league loss left them three points above the relegation zone, having played two more games than Venezia in 18th.