Mbappé seals late PSG victory
Kylian Mbappé once again came to the rescue of Paris Saint-Germain by scoring in added time to beat Rennes 1-0 at the Parc des Princes.
Mbappé’s fine finish in the third minute of added time was PSG’s only shot on target during the match, but it was enough to keep the capital club 13 points clear at the top of the table ahead of the clash. Tuesday night’s Champions League with Real Madrid.
“It was a tough game for us, but it’s good to win this way,” PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said after watching his side score a goal in injury time for the sixth time this season. a tough game. Rennes are a very good team who play with a lot of tactical discipline, but overall we deserved to win.”
Lyon too strong for Nice
Lyon condemned Nice to a second straight league defeat after a 2-0 win over Christophe Galtier’s side at Groupama Stadium.
Moussa Dembélé opened the scoring from the penalty spot (8th) before returning Karl Toko Ekambi sealed the points (52nd).
“I am very happy with the victory, but also with the way we played throughout the match, rejoiced Peter Bosz, the Lyon coach. From the first minute to the last, I liked everything what we did with and without the ball. The players weren’t afraid to play and I’m very happy about that.”
Milik wins in style
Marseille took full advantage of Nice’s loss to Lyon by beating Metz 2-1 at the Stade Saint-Symphorien to keep their stranglehold on second place.
Cédric Bakambu poached the opener for OM from six meters (26′) before Habib Maiga equalized for the hosts shortly after the break. Substitute Arkadiusz Milik settled things for Jorge Sampaoli’s men with a superb header (82nd), to extend their lead over The Eaglets at four points. Metz stay in the 19th.
“I don’t score all the time but I’m happy to have helped my team win,” Milik said after his game-winning strike. “Scoring three points was the most important thing for us. We are very happy with the result but we know we can play better. We are happy to be four points ahead of Nice but there are still a lot of games to go.”
Reimbursement for LOSC
Jocelyn Gourvennec’s LOSC bounced back from last weekend’s beating at the hands of PSG to win 1-0 at Montpellier.
Xeka crushed the winner at 13 minutes from time to time to give LOSC three valuable points, putting them firmly in the mix for European qualification.
Goalless in Monaco
Monaco lost vital points in the race for European qualification after a 0-0 draw with relegation-threatened Lorient at the Stade Louis II.
The results mean Monaco remain in sixth place while Lorient sits 17th on the table.
Gameiro strike seals victory in Strasbourg
A fantastic volley from Kevin Gameiro in the first half gave Strasbourg an important 1-0 victory at Angers.
The 34-year-old striker unleashed a thunderous 11th-minute effort to seal maximum points, meaning Julien Stephan’s side remain in fourth place, just one point behind third-placed Nice.
The objective borders Bordeaux
Lens withstood a spirited response to overcome Bordeaux 3-2 at Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
The hosts took a three-goal lead through Arnaud Kalimuendo (10′), Gaël Kakuta (22′) and Seko Fofana (26′) but Bordeaux fought back to close the gap with goals from Alberth Elis (33′) ) and Ui-Jo Hwang (53rd).
Lens moved up to eighth place while Bordeaux fell to the bottom of the table.
Simon winner raises Nantes
Nantes continued their fine form with a 1-0 win over Reims at La Beaujoire.
Canaries were helped by the 14th-minute dismissal of Reims captain Yunis Abdelhamid for a foul on Fabio. Moses Simon curled in the resulting free kick to claim all three points from Antoine Kombouaré’s men.
Three in a spin for Les Verts
Saint-Etienne have won three in a row after a 2-1 win over fellow countryman Clermont.
Cédric Hountondji led Clermont in the lead (39th) but goals from Mahdi Camara (71st) and Timothee Kolodziejczak (82nd) gave Saint-Etienne a huge three-pointer to lift them from the bottom of the table.
Brest beats Troyes
Brest comfortably beat Troyes 5-1 at the Stade Francis le Blé to record a second straight win at home.
Two goals each from Martin Satriano (7′ & 27′) and Franck Honorat (49′ & 67′) and another from Steve Mounie (82′) allowed Brest to climb to 12th place in the standings. Adil Rami headed in the visitors’ goal just before half-time.