Kylian Mbappe struck twice to help Paris St-Germain beat his former side AS Monaco as the Ligue leaders continued their dominance of Ligue 1. Mauricio Pochettino’s side was fortunate early on when Monaco’s Sofiane Diop struck the post. But when Djibril Sidibe caught Angel di Maria in the box, Mbappe swept home the resulting penalty with ease.
The Frenchman then whipped home his 100th Ligue 1 goal for PSG, finishing ruthlessly after Lionel Messi had led a counter-attack before slipping him in.
Kylian Mbappe Scores Two as PSG Beat Monaco
The two goals came in the first half of the game, and the two goals were enough to see Kylian Mbappe’s side claim all three points AS Monaco ended the night with more shots at goal than their hosts but could not help their errors as they were punished, none more so than when Messi pounced on a loose pass in midfield and raced at goal before teeing up the confident Mbappe for his second.
Lionel Messi grazed the woodwork in the second half with a low right-footed effort, but PSG ultimately eased to a win and extended their unbeaten run to nine Ligue 1 games. Such form has built a 13-point lead at the top of the table over Marseille, who have a game in hand and 14 points to Rennes in third.
They look destined to reclaim the title they lost to Lille last season, and victories such as this, where they were not at their best, underline a consistency that shows no sign of ending. AS Monaco had been very good this season as they went into the game with back-to-back wins, will take some pride from parts of their display and remain eighth in the table.