Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Montpellier: Kylian Mbappe scores twice in thumping win as PSG go three points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with Mauricio Pochettino returning to the bench after Covid-19
- Kylian Mbappe (2), Neymar and Mauro Icardi scored in a 4-0 rout of Montpellier
- Paris Saint-Germain’s fearsome front four ran riot after Jonas Omlin’s red card
- The result extends PSG’s lead over second-placed Lille in the Ligue 1 standings
Paris Saint-Germain scored three goals in a four-minute blitz in the second half as they demolished 10-man Montpellier 4-0 on Friday to go three points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
Kylian Mbappe bagged a double for his first goals of the calendar year with Neymar and Mauro Icardi also finding the back of the net after Montpellier keeper Jonas Omlin was sent off early in the first half.
The win put PSG, who welcomed coach Mauricio Pochettino back onto the bench after he was forced to spend a week in isolation following a positive COVID-19 test, on 45 points from 21 games, while Montpellier are 11th on 28 points.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe was the star as his side beat Montpellier 4-0
Mbappe drew a rash challenge from goalkeeper Jonas Omlin, who was given a red card
At the Parc des Princes, Omlin was sent off following a VAR review after only 19 minutes for bringing down Mbappe just outside the box despite initially being given a yellow card.
PSG capitalised on their numerical advantage 11 minutes before the interval, as Mbappe chipped substitute goalkeeper Dimitry Bertaud after being set up by Angel Di Maria.
Neymar doubled the tally on the hour with a powerful shot from Mbappe’s pass, and a minute later Icardi made it 3-0 from point-blank range from Alessandro Florenzi’s cross.
Neymar doubled the lead in the 60th minute after a cute pull-back from strike partner Mbappe
Argentine striker Mauro Icardi kept up his fine goalscoring record with a smashed finish
Icardi then slipped the ball to Mbappe at the end of a counter attack for the French forward to put the final nail in the Montpellier coffin.
‘I feel better. I can be there tonight while keeping my distances,’ Pochettino told Telefoot.
‘It’s always difficult to be away from the team. I’m happy to be here again. The most important thing is to spend this moment in the best possible way and to recover. Now it’s done.’
Mbappe scored his second and PSG’s third in four minutes as the front four ran riot on Friday
Boss Mauricio Pochettino returned to the bench after an absence due to coronavirus
In his absence, assistant coach Jesus Perez had taken the Argentine’s place last weekend when PSG beat Angers 1-0.
Second-placed Lille will move level on points with PSG if they beat Stade Rennais away on Sunday.
PSG v Montpellier: Match Facts
Paris Saint-Germain (4-2-3-1): Navas (Rico 46); Florenzi, Marquinhos (Kehrer 52), Diallo, Kurzawa (Bakker 76); Verratti, Paredes (Pereira 76); di Maria, Mbappe, Neymar; Icardi (Sarabia 82).
Substitutes not used: Gueye, Rafinha, Draxler, Kean.
Goals: Mbappe 34, 63, Neymar 60, Icardi 61.
Yellow cards: Neymar 76, Verratti 82.
Montpellier (4-4-1-1): Omlin; Souquet, Mendes, Hilton, Congré (Cozza 68); Sambia, Le Tallec (Mavididi 68), Savanier, Ristic (Bertaud 21); Mollet (Chotard 35); Laborde (Wahi 68).
Substitutes not used: Oyongo, Dolly, Il-Lok, Skuletic.
Red cards: Omlin 19.
Yellow cards: Mendes 45+1.