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Saint-Etienne 0-4 Paris Saint-Germain: Mbappe double sends champions seven points clear

Jean
Eudes
Aholou’s
red
card
in
the
first
half
contributed
to
Saint-Etienne
slipping
to
a
4-0
defeat
at
home
to
Paris
Saint-Germain.

Kylian
Mbappe
scored
twice
as
Paris
Saint-Germain
moved
seven
points
clear
at
the
top
of
the
Ligue
1
table
with
a
comfortable
4-0
win
away
at 10-man
Saint-Etienne.

Thomas
Tuchel’s
side
were
already
in
front
thanks
to
Leandro
Paredes’
first
goal
for
the
club
when
their
task
was
made
easier
by
Jean
Eudes
Aholou’s
25th-minute
red
card.

Mbappe
doubled
PSG’s
lead
and,
though
Neymar
missed
from
the
penalty
spot,
PSG
did
not
have
to
get
out
of
second
gear
as
they
extended
their
winning
streak
to
five
Ligue
1
games.

Mauro
Icardi
netted
PSG’s
third,
before Mbappe
struck
with
the
last
kick
of
the
match
to
add
further
gloss
to
the
scoreline.

Saint-Etienne
had
a
chance
to
take
an
early
lead
but
Denis
Bouanga
curled
wide,
and
PSG
then
opened
the
scoring
in
the
ninth
minute.

A
goalmouth
scramble
saw
the
ball
eventually
cleared
to
Paredes,
and
his
20-yard
volley
took
a
decisive
deflection
off
Wesley
Fofana
to
deceive
Stephane
Ruffier.

The
hosts
were
reduced
to
10
men
when
Aholou
was
dismissed
for
a
wild
challenge
on
Paredes,
and
Mbappe,
who
earlier
had
a
goal
ruled
out
for
offside,
made
it
2-0
before
the
break
by
running
on
to
Neymar’s
pass
to
beat
Ruffier.

Keylor
Navas
made
a
fine
save
to
deny
Bouanga
following
the
restart,
and
Angel
di
Maria
saw
a
shot
come
back
off
the
woodwork.

It
should
have
been
3-0
to
PSG
in
the
62nd
minute
but
Neymar
hit
the
post
from
12
yards
after
he
was
fouled
in
the
box
by
Mathieu
Debuchy.

Icardi
converted
from
close
range,
though,
the
striker
scoring
his
eighth
Ligue
1
goal
since
joining
on
loan
from
Inter,
and
a
fine
finish
from
Mbappe
at
the
death
wrapped
up
PSG’s
latest
win.

What
does
it
mean?
PSG
romping
to
the
title

Marseille’s
draw
away
to
Metz
earlier
in
the
weekend
enabled
PSG
to
stretch
their
lead
at
the
top.
Another
title
for
Tuchel’s
men,
even
before
the
halfway
point
of
the
season,
already
appears
to
be
a
foregone
conclusion.
PSG
have
a
game
in
hand
over
Marseille,
too.

70
up
for
Mbappe

Mbappe
netted
for
the
fifth
game
in
a
row
in
all
competitions
and
brought
up
another
milestone
to
boot.
The
20-year-old’s
first
strike
took
him
to
70
Ligue
1
goals
and
he
is
the
youngest
player
to
reach
that
figure
in
50
years.

Aholou
lets
his
team-mates
down

PSG
were
already
a
goal
up
and
cruising
when
Aholou
effectively
ended
his
side’s
chances
of
earning
a
positive
result.
His
ridiculous
tackle
on
Paredes
gave
referee
Ruddy
Buquet
no
choice
but
to
show
the
red
card,
despite
Aholou
appearing
to
be
shocked
by
the
decision.

What’s
next?

Both
teams
are
away
in
the
Coupe
de
la
Ligue
last
16
on
Wednesday,
with
PSG
at
Le
Mans
as Saint-Etienne
head to
Nimes.
PSG
then
host
Amiens
on
Saturday,
when
Saint-Etienne
are
away
to
Strasbourg.

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