Neymar and Kylian Mbappe fire PSG five points in Ligue 1

PARIS: Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both scored as Paris Saint Germain restored its five-point cushion on top of Flirt 1 with a 2-0 victory over Nantes on Wednesday.

Mbappe's smart finish shortly after half-time and Neymar 's late penalty saw the hosts ease to victory at the Parc des Princes.

The PSG, whose game scheduled against Monaco last weekend was postponed due to bad weather, also has a game in second place in Marseille, as it ran for a seventh French league title in eight seasons.



Marseille won 2-0 at Angers on Tuesday to briefly narrow the gap to just two points.

Thomas Tuchel started Neymar and Mbappe together for the first time this season, although the German coach left Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi on the bench.

"It says a lot if in December our two key players (Mbappe and Neymar ), who we want to make the difference, are starting for the first time together," said Tuchel.



"Imagine if (Lionel) Messi and (Luis) Suarez played together for the first time in December (for Barcelona)... They lacked rhythm, I'm not expecting too much from both of them.

I am happy that they have scored, but there is a lot of potential (for them to improve).

Mbappe fired the first opening over the crossbar, before Nantes' Ludovic Blas was denied by Keylor Navas in the PSG goal.

Neymar appeared to have put the hosts in front with a fantastic left-footed strike after Nantes could only half clear a corner, but following a lengthy delay, the goal was ruled out by VAR for an apparent high foot from Julian Draxler.

The most expensive player in the world almost gave the PSG a part-time advantage anyway, but saw that his low shot faded when he visited goalkeeper Alban Lafont.

The league leaders did forge ahead in the 52nd minute as Mbappe met Angel Di Maria's low cross with a backheel flick into the corner after fine work by Neymar.



The Brazilian finally achieved his goal with five minutes remaining, noting his penalty the second time he asked after the substitute Icardi invaded the area.

Earlier on Wednesday, Gelson Martins left the bench to fire Monaco to a 2-1 victory over Toulouse, as the principality side won six victories in nine league starts.

Saint-Etienne moved into fifth place with a 4-1 success over Nice, while Montpellier had a 2-2 draw in the humble Dijon.

Amiens's game against Reims was postponed due to fog.

Bordeaux was ordered to temporarily close the southern stand at its Matmut stadium after fans protesting club president Frederic Longuepee delayed his 6-0 beat to Nimes in 25 minutes on Tuesday after invading the field.

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