World News – AU – Mbappe’s double sends PSG top

PARIS: Kylian Mbappe ignored any lingering fatigue to score twice in his second game in 48 hours as Paris Saint-Germain beat 10- Nîmes 4-0 on Friday to take first place in the Ligue 1

The French striker hit the opening goal in the 32nd minute at the Stade des Costières and scored late again as a tired Nîmes fell back after center-back Loick Landre’s early dismissal

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Alessandro Florenzi scored PSG’s second goal in the 77th minute and Pablo Sarabia landed a fourth for the reigning champions as PSG soared above Rennes on goal difference after a fifth straight win

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New signings Moise Kean and Rafinha made their PSG debuts with a host of players missing after the international break and just four days away from Manchester United’s visit to the Champions League

Neymar missed the trip after scoring a hat-trick for Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Peru that didn’t end until the wee hours of Wednesday in Europe

However, Mbappe got a second start in three days after scoring the game-winning goal for France midweek in their Nations League match in Zagreb

PSG lost Leandro Paredes to injury in 10 minutes He was sent off moments later for a reckless challenge on Rafinha, raking his crampons off the side of the former Barcelona player’s ribs

Ander Herrer made the first in a series of superb saves by Nîmes goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet after replacing injured Paredes

But Mbappe gave PSG the lead after being played by Rafinha, bypassing advancing Reynet before scoring his third league goal of the campaign

Everton Loanee Kean should have added a second but was denied by a Reynet alert, with Idrissa Gueye and Florenzi also testing the Nîmes goalkeeper

Florenzi hit the post twice in the second half, with a volley and a header, but the Italian defender eventually gave PSG room to breathe as he nodded in the head of Sarabia behind the goal

Mbappe quickly grabbed his second of the night with another non-edgy finish after Sarabia shredded a tiring defense from Nimes

The Spaniard then caught up with the hosts on a quickly fired free kick to strike in a fourth in the legs of Reynet with two minutes remaining

Earlier, Rennes extended their unbeaten start to the season despite a 1-1 draw at Dijon Martin Terrier gave Rennes the advantage in the first half with a neat finish, but Guinea-Bissau international Mame Balde burst into the visiting defense to equalize in the 54 minutes

Eduardo Camavinga entered the final half hour against a team that had collected a lonely point in six matches

Flavien Tait dragged a shot into the ground that cut the looped crossbar as Rennes were held for the second game in a row

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World news – AU – The double of Mbappe sends the top of PSG

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