Kean, Mbappe send PSG top

PARIS (AFP) – Moise Kean and Kylian Mbappe both scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beat Dijon 4-0 on Saturday night to go top of Ligue 1.

Kean started at the Parc des Princes and scored a first-half brace, his first goals since moving to PSG on loan from Everton.

Mbappe then replaced the Italy international in the latter stages and added a late double of his own as Thomas Tuchel’s team – for whom Neymar was outstanding – bounced back from their midweek Champions League loss to Manchester United and made it six consecutive Ligue 1 victories.

The result allowed PSG to go top of the table, a point clear of Lille.

“The most important thing was to get back to winning ways at home,” captain Marquinhos told Canal+.

Paris Saint-Germain’s forward Kylian Mbappe shoots and scores a goal during the Ligue 1 football match against Dijon. PHOTO: AFP

“We know this season is not going to be easy. We are going to have lots of matches, we rotated the team here but we were still competitive on the field.”

The reigning champions were missing nine players due to injury or suspension, including Angel di Maria and Marco Verratti, while Mbappe was rested at kick-off ahead of a trip to Turkey to play Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.

In a game played behind closed doors in the French capital because of the health crisis, Kean came in and converted a Mitchel Bakker cross to open the scoring in the third minute.

Neymar then headed against the post before setting up Kean’s second goal midway through the first half. Released on the counter-attack by Julian Draxler, Neymar ran half the length of the field with the ball before leaving Kean with an easy finish.

PSG lost Draxler to injury in the second half before Mbappe replaced Kean and ran onto a Neymar pass to make it 3-0 eight minutes from time.

In the 88th minute Neymar produced a lovely pass to pick out Pablo Sarabia, who teed up Mbappe to seal the win.

Marseille won 1-0 at Lorient earlier with a second-half goal from Argentine defender Leonardo Balerdi moving them up to fourth just behind Rennes, who lost 2-1 to Angers last Friday.

Andre Villas-Boas’s side host Manchester City in the Champions League tomorrow night.

Lens’ home clash with Nantes scheduled yesterday was called off after they lost the equivalent of a whole team to positive coronavirus tests.