Football: PSG thrash nine-man Montpellier to stretch Ligue 1 lead

Football: PSG thrash nine-man Montpellier to stretch Ligue 1 lead

Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain v Montpellier
Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain v Montpellier - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - February 1, 2020 Paris St Germain's Neymar in action REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS: Paris St Germain demolished nine-man Montpellier 5-0 at the Parc des Princes to open a provisional 13-point lead at top of the Ligue 1 standings on Saturday (Feb 1).

Pablo Sarabia, Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe, Layvin Kurzawa as well as a Daniel Congre own goal put the French champions on 55 points from 22 games.

Montpellier, who had keeper Dimitri Bertaud sent off after 17 minutes with midfielder Joris Chotard also picking up a red card two minutes from time, are fourth on 33 points.

Second-placed Olympique de Marseille travel to Girondins de Bordeaux on Sunday.

"We made a good start and after they were down to 10 men, it became easier," said Di Maria.

Sarabia put the hosts in front in the eighth minute when he curled a fine shot into the top corner.

Bertaud was then shown a red card for handling the ball outside his box.

Di Maria doubled the advantage four minutes before the break with a fine chip after being set up by Sarabia and Congre turned a corner into his own net three minutes later.

Mbappe netted his 36th goal at the Parc des Princes in 34 matches in the 57th minute with a cool finish after being played through by Neymar.

Fullback Kurzawa rubbed salt in Montpellier's wounds in the 65th with a powerful volley from inside the area.

With the three points in the bag, coach Thomas Tuchel replaced Mbappe by Mauro Icardi and the France striker did little to hide his frustration.

Substitute Edinson Cavani thought he had netted his 199th PSG goal in a rare appearance this season, but it was ruled out for offside.

Source: Reuters