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Paris St-Germain 5-0 Auxerre: Kylian Mbappe scores in thumping win for Ligue 1 leaders

Paris St-Germain's Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring the first goal in Ligue 1 match v Auxerre
Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring as Paris St-Germain signed off for the World Cup break with a win

Paris St-Germain moved five points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with a dominant display to see off Auxerre in their final match before the break for the World Cup.

They opened the scoring in the 11th minute at the Parc des Princes when Lionel Messi played a lovely chipped ball over the top to Nuno Mendes, who found Kylian Mbappe in the middle and the France striker volleyed home.

For all PSG’s possession, that was one of only two shots in the first half, which was their lowest total in a league game since May 2021.

The cutting edge came in the second half as Carlos Soler doubled the lead with a deft header from a Mendes cross, before putting Achraf Hakimi through to coolly stroke in the third.

With Auxerre tiring, the hosts added two more goals in the final nine minutes.

Renato Sanches, left out of the Portugal World Cup squad earlier in the week, produced a tidy finish for the fourth and, with six minutes left, Hugo Ekitike caught Julian Jeanvier dallying on the ball, nipped in and slotted past visiting keeper Benoit Costil.

Victory meant PSG, who have won 13 and drawn two of their first 15 league games, re-established a five-point gap between themselves and second-placed Lens, with Rennes a further five points back.

Line-ups

PSG

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 99G Donnarumma
  • 2Hakimi
  • 26Mukiele
  • 4RamosSubstituted forKimpembeat 75′minutes
  • 25Tavares Mendes
  • 28SolerSubstituted forRenato Sanchesat 61′minutes
  • 15Danilo
  • 6VerrattiSubstituted forZaïre-Emeryat 82′minutes
  • 10NeymarSubstituted forEkitikeat 75′minutes
  • 30MessiSubstituted forSarabiaat 75′minutes
  • 7Mbappé

Substitutes

  • 3Kimpembe
  • 14Bernat
  • 16Rico
  • 17Vitinha
  • 18Renato Sanches
  • 19Sarabia
  • 31Bitshiabu
  • 33Zaïre-Emery
  • 44Ekitike

Auxerre

Formation 5-4-1

  • 23Costil
  • 26JolySubstituted forHeinat 58′minutes
  • 97Raveloson
  • 4Mendes Júnior
  • 27JeanvierSubstituted forat 88′minutes
  • 14Mensah
  • 17SinayokoSubstituted forPerrinat 58′minutes
  • 22SakhiSubstituted forM’Changamaat 84′minutes
  • 12Touré
  • 29AutretSubstituted forCharbonnierat 69′minutes
  • 11NiangSubstituted forda Costa Jóiaat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bernard
  • 6M’Changama
  • 7Hein
  • 8Camara
  • 9da Costa Jóia
  • 10Perrin
  • 16Léon
  • 19Charbonnier
  • 32Bain

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