Mbappe hits 20th goal of season in Monaco return

PARIS (AFP) – Kylian Mbappe scored twice to take his season tally to 20 as the French World Cup winner shone in Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) 4-1 rout of his former club Monaco on Wednesday night.

The victory kept PSG eight points clear at the top.

They also registered their 50th goal of the league campaign from 20 matches.

Monaco came away from PSG with a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw in the capital last weekend but they posed no similar threat just three days later.

Mbappe was on target in the 24th and 90th minutes with Neymar tucking away a penalty in first-half stoppage time.

Kylian Mbappe shoots to score a goal against Monaco. PHOTO: AFP

Pablo Sarabia added another in the 73rd minute, just seconds after coming on as a substitute. Ibrahima Bakayoko grabbed a late consolation for Monaco, beating the impressive Kaylor Navas in goal.

“It’s a deserved victory, we had lots of possession,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel fielded his ‘Fab Four’ attacking stars in Mbappe, Neymar, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria.

It was a decision which paid dividends when Di Maria floated over a cross for Mbappe to score the opener.

Monaco goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte denied Mbappe on two further occasions in the first half.

Neymar made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in injury-time after Kamil Glik had fouled Layvin Kurzawa.

Sarabia’s goal was set-up by fellow substitute Marco Verratti before Mbappe completed the rout.

“With our four attackers, we can carry out our plan,” added Tuchel.

“For Icardi, it’s a good mix. Kylian and Neymar carry the ball a lot, Mauro is used to working with us, for the team, to open spaces.

“He hasn’t scored in two matches, but he works. There are no doubts over him.”