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One more feather in Kylian Mbappe's cap

France striker makes breakthrough in 31st minute when he swivelled and hit a pass from Vitinha in off the post

Reuters, AP/PTI Paris Published 17.04.23, 08:15 AM
Kylian Mbappe.

Kylian Mbappe. File photo

Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi scored first-half goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat 10-man Lens 3-1 at the Parc des Princes on Saturday to charge nine points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

Lens, still second but with their challenge badly dented, had Salis Abdul Samed shown a straight red card in the 19th minute for a tackle that missed the ball but caught Achraf Hakimi on the ankle.

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PSG’s response was swift, the champions seizing the advantage to smash in three goals in a nine-minute spree.

France striker Mbappe made the breakthrough in the 31st minute when he swivelled and hit a pass from Vitinha in off the post. The goal made him PSG’s all-time record league scorer, taking his tally to 139 and one more than Edinson Cavani.

Vitinha made it 2-0 six minutes later. Messi then got in on the act in the 40th minute after Mbappe backheeled the Argentine through to fire in at a tight angle and put PSG 3-0 up at the break.

Lens hit back with a consolation goal from the penalty spot on the hour, Polish winger Przemyslaw Frankowski calmly stepping up to send Gianluigi Donnarumma the wrong way.

Inter shocked

A late goal by Luca Caldirola earned Monza a shock 1-0 win at Inter Milan in the Serie A as Simone Inzaghi’s men slumped to a fourth loss in their last five league outings.

Inter, on course for a first Champions League last-four appearance since 2010 following their 2-0 win at Benfica in their quarter-final first leg, needed three points to return to the top four. They now remain fifth on 51 points, two points behind AC Milan who were held to a 1-1 draw by Bologna.

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