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PSG bounce back in Ligue 1 after Champions League

IANS  |  Paris 

Paris Saint-Germain regained their dominance in with a 5-0 home win over and maintained a 14-point lead on the table.

However, that could not compensate for the frustrating exit from last 16 for the second straight season after losing 2-1 at home and 5-2 on aggregate to holders Real Madrid on Tuesday, reports

Although top scorer was suspended, PSG on Saturday enjoyed a lop-sided first half with almost 70 per cent ball possession and a four-goal advantage before the interval.

After Belgian right back opened the scoring just five minutes into the match, the French top-flight leaders were out of reach on promising forward Christopher Nkunku's two brilliant finishes.

Nkunku, 20, could expect a hat-trick in the first half, but his header from Angel Di Maria's cross was ruled offside.

Kylian Mbappe earned PSG a 4-0 lead into the halftime on an assist from Marco Verratti, who already fed Nkunku for the team's second goal.

Japanese made several fine saves to avoid the visitors from being further behind for most part of the second half, but he could not stop Thiago Silva's header on a corner with eight minutes remaining.

Argentine striker scored a crucial header in the 86th minute, his 12th goal of the campaign, lifting Nantes past struggling Troyes 1-0 at home. Nantes moved to fifth, one point ahead of Rennes, who tied Saint-Etienne 1-1.



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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 12:30 IST