Kylian Mbappe Scores Hat-Trick As PSG Hit Montpellier For Six


The unstoppable Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain beat Montpellier 6-2 on Sunday, giving them a huge 12-point lead at the top of Ligue 1. Vitinha puts PSG ahead. Stade de la Mosson and Mbappé doubled their advantage midway through the first half, only for an Arnaud Nordin header and a speedy Souvenir penalty to bring Montpellier back level at the interval. However, a wonder goal from Mbappe soon after the break restored PSG's lead and Lee Kang-in made it 4-2 before the France captain completed his hat-trick.

Nuno Mendes sealed the win late on as Luis Enrique's side ended a run of three consecutive draws in Ligue 1 and extended their unbeaten home record to September.

A 1-1 draw for nearest rivals Brest against Lille on Sunday means the Parisians are now 12 points clear at the Ligue 1 summit with just eight games left, and a 10th title in 12 seasons is an inevitability.

Mbappé completed the full 90 minutes of a Ligue 1 game for the first time since informing the club in mid-February that he intended to leave at the end of the season when his contract expired.

His hat-trick, his third of the campaign, took him to 24 goals in Ligue 1 this season and 38 goals in all competitions.

Portugal midfielder Vitinha opened the scoring in the 14th minute, collecting Mbappé's pass 25 meters from goal and firing a low shot into the bottom right corner.

Mbappé then made the score 2–0 by feeding Randal Kolo Muani on the counter attack and then raced to retrieve the ball and put it into the far corner from a tight angle.

Montpellier got a goal back when Danilo Pereira could only assist a cross from the left and Nordin – who was friends with Mbappé as a youngster at France's national youth academy in Clairefontaine – headed in at the back post.

The home team then got a penalty just on the stroke of half-time when Tanguy Coulibaly pounced on Pereira's short back-pass, but PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved the ball.

Teji Souvenir struck the spot-kick, but five minutes after the restart PSG were ahead again as Mbappé scored with a superb shot from range off the underside of the crossbar.

South Korean star Lee made it 4-2 on 53 minutes, playing a one-two with Kolo Muani and firing in from outside the area with his left foot.

Mbappe then completed his hat-trick with his right foot after latching onto the ball, before Montpellier's second penalty was awarded after a VAR review.

Warren Zaire-Emery hit the post for the visitors, and Mendes made it 6–2 a minute from time, bursting into the box to run onto a Vitinha pass and fire home.

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