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PSG hit five to ease pain of Real Madrid defeat

AFP  |  Paris 

Saint-Germain brushed aside bottom 5-0 in to ease some of the pain of their exit at the hands of Real in midweek.

Twenty-year-old scored twice for PSG at the yesterday, with Thomas Meunier, and also on target.

The result restores PSG's 14-point lead over reigning champions at the top of the table with just nine games left, keeping them on course to reclaim the title.

A clean sweep of the domestic trophies for the third time in four seasons is on the cards, although that will not completely make up for the disappointment of another underwhelming campaign in the

Tuesday's 2-1 home defeat against condemned them to a second consecutive exit from that competition in the last 16 and effectively ended any prospect of Spanish still being in charge next season.

Emery, who was jeered by some sections of the home support, had to somehow lift his side for this game, with PSG missing suspended leading scorer as well as the injured Neymar.

"Everyone knows that we are disappointed, that we disappointed the fans, but we are trying to move forward again," said Mbappe.

"One match is not going to allow us to forget everything. Digesting what happened is difficult but we are professionals, so we need to turn the page and move on."


Belgian right-back Meunier, who came in for and opened the scoring inside five minutes, added: "It was an excellent reaction after the elimination.

"It is very positive. Mentally it does us good, and it allows us to put Tuesday almost definitively behind us.

"There is no point living with regrets. We have three trophies to go and win still and that is the most important thing," added Meunier, whose side are through to the French Cup semi-finals and play in the League Cup final at the end of this month.

After Meunier's opener, Nkunku put the game beyond Metz before the half-hour mark with two low finishes.

He was unlucky not to get a hat-trick, a header from Angel di Maria's cross on the of half-time disallowed for a marginal offside call.

However, Mbappe did make it 4-0 before the interval by scoring after being set up by

Silva headed in late on to complete the scoring, as maintained their perfect record at home in the league this season.

Second-placed won 3-1 at on Friday.

- fans invade pitch -

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Third-placed go to Toulouse and fourth-placed host Caen today.

Elsewhere, hundreds of angry supporters invaded the pitch at their Stade after their struggling side drew 1-1 at home to Montpellier.

Some of the pitch invaders tried to attack the Nicolas Pepe, who had scored their goal, before making their way towards the players tunnel, below where club directors were watching on.

Stewards eventually managed to keep back the supporters, who are unhappy at the way their team's season is going -- are in the relegation zone, with struggling to turn around the fortunes of the side after was sacked late last year.

Nantes moved back up to fifth, which is likely to be enough for a European place, after beating Troyes 1-0 with a late goal, his 12th of the season.

They replace local rivals Rennes, who came from behind to draw 1-1 with Saint-Etienne.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 10:20 IST
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