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Mbappe scores again as PSG extend winning streak to 10 games

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Paris Saint- Germain continued the blistering start to their Ligue 1 title defence with a record -extending 10 th straight win as Kylian Mbappe scored in a 5 -0 thrashing of Amiens on Saturday .
Coach Thomas Tuchel left key men Neymar , Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier out of the squad altogether at the Parc des Princes with Wednesday ’ s Champions League clash with Napoli in mind , but PSG had more than enough to see off Amiens.

Brazilian centre – back Marquinhos nodded the hosts into a 12 th – minute lead and Adrien Rabiot made it two shortly before half – time .

Germany winger Julian Draxler grabbed the third headed goal of the game , and the 19 -year – old Mbappe fired in late on to score his ninth goal in just six league matches this season .
It was a horrid mismatch with Amiens totally outclassed , and teenager Moussa Diaby came off the bench to complete the rout as the capital-city giants stretched their commanding lead at the top of the table to 11 points .

The champions did not waste much time in forging ahead , as Marquinhos met Angel Di Maria ’ s inswinging corner with a flicked header into the bottom corner to score his first Ligue 1 goal since May 2017 .

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PSG were totally dominant — as Edinson Cavani saw a header brilliantly kept out by Amiens goalkeeper Regis Gurtner — but doubled the advantage three minutes before the break with almost a carbon -copy of the first goal.

Di Maria curled in another corner from the right, and this time it was Rabiot who made the near- post run and directed a header into the same corner that Marquinhos had found half an hour earlier .

Cavani wasted a golden opportunity by volleying wide from barely two yards out , but the match was as good as over heading into the second half .

– Late flurry –

Tuchel’ s men appeared to have their attention firmly focused on Napoli as they slipped into cruise control in the second half , happy to stroke the ball around under little or no pressure from an Amiens outfit seemingly pleased to limit the damage .

Colombian forward Juan Ortero should have made it a nervy last 10 minutes for the home side when he headed into the side netting from close range , but PSG went straight up the other end and scored again.

Juan Bernat ’ s left – wing cross was deflected , but Draxler was allowed acres of space to adjust his body and send a powerful header flying into the net .

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A totally outclassed Amiens quickly saw PSG add a fourth despite having barely got out of second gear , as Mbappe latched onto Diaby ’ s pass after a flowing move and drilled home .

Diaby , 19 , was given the freedom of the visitors ’ area to stroll through the middle and slot in PSG’ s third goal in seven minutes and round off the most comfortable of victories .

Later on Saturday , Thierry Henry takes charge of freefalling Monaco for the first time at Strasbourg , while second – placed Lille visit Dijon .

( AFP )

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