French Ligue 1: Mbappe bags brace as PSG secures top spot

Paris Saint-Germain defeated 10-man Nimes 4-0 on Friday to take over the top spot in Ligue 1.

France forward, Kylian Mbappe struck the opener in 32 minutes at the Stade des Costieres and netted again late on as a weary Nimes folded following an early 12th-minute dismissal of centre-back Loick Landre for the challenge on Rafinha. 

PSG maintained the one-goal lead into the, then Alessandro Florenzi made it two for the defending champions in the second half. 

Six minutes after Florenzi’s goal, Mbappe scored his second of the night and PSG’s third. 

And Pablo Sarabia notched a fourth in the 88th minute as PSG climbed above Rennes on goal difference after a fifth successive win.

Neymar sat out the trip after scoring a hat-trick for Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Peru that did not finish until the early hours of Wednesday in Europe.

Dijon 1 – 1 Rennes 

Earlier, Rennes extended their unbeaten start to the Ligue 1 season despite drawing 1-1 at bottom side Dijon.

Martin Terrier put Rennes ahead in the first half with a neat finish, but Guinea-Bissau international Mame Balde barged through the visiting defence to equalise on 54 minutes.

Lille or Lens could overtake PSG and Rennes with victory in Sunday’s Derby du Nord, the first such fixture in over five years.

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