PSG 5-1 Montpellier: Kylian Mbappe scores 20th league goal of the season as Ligue 1 leaders make light work of opposition despite Neymar absence
- PSG forward Neymar has returned to Brazil as he recovers from foot injury
- His team are still going strong in his absence, with a thrashing of Montpellier
- Kylian Mbappe rounded off the scoring with his 20th Ligue 1 strike of the season
- Layvin Kurzawa, Angel Di Maria, Christopher Nkunku also scored for Parisians
Kylian Mbappe scored his 20th goal in 19 Ligue 1 appearances this season as French champions PSG thrashed Montpellier at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday to go 15 points clear at the top.
PSG now have 65 points after the rescheduled week 17 match, and a game in hand over second-placed Lille on 50.
They were utterly dominant despite Neymar’s absence, the striker having returned home to Brazil for treatment on his broken foot.
Kylian Mbappe got his 20th goal in 19 Ligue 1 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain this season
He scored the fifth as PSG thrashed Montpellier at the Parc des Princes to go 15 points clear
It is the first time 20-year-old France striker Mbappe, who scored PSG’s final goal of the night right-footed from the left of the box in the 79th minute, has netted 20 league goals in a single season.
Full back Layvin Kurzawa had opened the scoring for the runaway leaders with a 13th-minute header, but Florent Mollet equalised in the 31st for the sixth-placed visitors when he fired into the top right corner from a free kick.
Angel Di Maria made it 2-1 from another free kick on the stroke of halftime before a sudden rush of goals in a six-minute spell after the break.
Angel Di Maria scored from a free kick on the stroke of half time before a flurry of goals
PSG were briefly drawn level with by Montpellier, before motoring away to a 5-1 victory
Layvin Kurzawa had opened the scoring for the runaway leaders with a 13th-minute header
Christopher Nkunku scored in the 73rd with a header off a corner and PSG went 4-1 up after an own goal by Brazilian defender Vitorino Hilton, who deflected in a shot from Mbappe.
The PSG striker made sure his name was on the score sheet with the home side’s fifth a minute later.
It marks another major victory for PSG after they beat Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Champions League round of 16 first leg last week.
The French champions host United in Paris on March 6, where they are clear favourites to reach the quarter finals.