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Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe nets season’s second hat-trick

PSG, with 59 points from 26 matches, extended their lead at the top over Brest to 12 points while Montpellier, with 26 points, remain one point above the relegation playoff spot

Reuters, AP/PTI Montpellier Published 19.03.24, 10:39 AM
Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe File image

Kylian Mbappe scored his second hat-trick in Ligue 1 this season as leaders Paris Saint-Germain won 6-2 at Montpellier on Sunday, securing their first league win in four matches.

PSG, with 59 points from 26 matches, extended their lead at the top over Brest to 12 points while Montpellier, with 26 points, remain one point above the relegation playoff spot. Brest were earlier held 1-1 at home by Lille.

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The visitors took the lead in the 14th minute when Mbappe found Vitinha with a cross from the left after taking a short corner. The Portugal international evaded two defenders before curling the ball home right-footed from the edge of the box.

Mbappe, in his 200th league match for PSG, got on the scoresheet eight minutes later, playing a one-two with Randal Kolo Muani and finishing with his left foot from a difficult angle.

But Montpellier struck back on the half-hour mark with Jordan Ferri’s cross from the left eventually falling to Arnaud Nordin inside the box, who headed it in from close range.

The hosts equalised just before halftime but Mbappe struck again five minutes into the second half, with his right-footed shot from outside the box hitting the woodwork before finding the net.

PSG extended their lead in the 53rd minute when Lee Kang-in scored. Mbappe completed his hat-trick 10 minutes later from Vitinha’s lofted through ball.

Inter held

Runaway leaders Inter Milan drew 1-1 with visitors Napoli in the Serie A on Sunday after Matteo Darmian’s first-half goal for the hosts was cancelled out by a late header from Juan Jesus. The result moved them to 76 points at the top of the table.

Leverkusen on track

Patrik Schick scored his first Bundesliga goal in three months as Bayer Leverkusen beat Freiburg 3-2 to stay 10 points clear of Bayern Munich in the German title race.

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