France - Kylian Mbappe tore Lyon to shreds on Sunday
with four goals as a 5-0 thrashing at the Parc des Princes saw Paris
Saint-Germain set a new French top-flight record of nine straight wins to start
Thomas Tuchel's Ligue 1 leaders broke the 82-year-old
record of eight consecutive wins set by Olympique Lillois in 1936, having
equalled the mark with their 3-0 victory at Nice last weekend.
"Fantastic, incredible. It was super hard in the
first half, it was a crazy match," PSG coach Tuchel told Canal+.
A Neymar penalty gave PSG a ninth-minute advantage, but
Presnel Kimpembe was sent off just after the half-hour mark to give Lyon hope.
Bruno Genesio's side threw away their man advantage,
though, as Lucas Tousart was dismissed, and after missing a string of chances,
the sensational Mbappe capped a virtuoso display by scoring four times in 13
minutes to seal history for PSG.
The capital-city giants, bidding for a sixth title in
seven seasons, are already eight points clear of second-placed Lille at the top
of the table, with Lyon five points further back in sixth.
Lyon endured the worst possible start to the match, as
star man Nabil Fekir was forced off injured in the seventh minute, and the
hosts were awarded a spot-kick just seconds later.
Mbappe raced to reach a loose ball and visiting goalkeeper
Anthony Lopes needlessly charged off his line to bring down the teenager.
Neymar stepped up and sent Lopes the wrong way with a
stuttering run-up to score his 11th goal of the season.
Lyon responded well, though, with veteran goalkeeper
Gianluigi Buffon having to shovel a Memphis Depay free-kick over the bar,
before Di Maria was fortunate not to concede a penalty for handball.
The reigning champions thought they had got lucky again
when Kimpembe was only shown a yellow card for a nasty tackle on Tanguy
Ndombele, but with the young midfielder lying stricken on the ground, a video
review resulted in the centre-back's punishment being upgraded to red.
But Lyon shot themselves in the foot on the stroke of
halftime as Tousart tripped Mbappe inside the PSG half and was given a second
OL should have equalised early in the second period, but
Maxwel Cornet contrived to miskick with the goal at his mercy.
Cornet, who came on for Fekir, almost scored in bizarre
circumstances shortly after, as a Silva clearance ricocheted off his back and
bounced back off the base of the post.
Mbappe almost put PSG out of sight three times in the
space of five minutes – powering clear after Cornet's unwitting effort and
drilling against the far post, seeing Lopes dive at his feet as he ran through
one-on-one, and shooting too close to the Lyon 'keeper.
But the World Cup-winner's persistence finally paid off
in the 61st minute as he latched onto the ball inside the area after Neymar had
burst forward, turned his man and smashed the ball in off both posts.
Confidence was coursing through PSG, and the floodgates
opened as centre-back Marquinhos drove into the box and squared for Mbappe to
stab in his eighth goal of the campaign.
Neymar soon sent the 19-year-old bearing down on goal yet
again, and Mbappe lofted the ball into the net to complete an incredible
He was not done there, though, as he pounced to slam home
his fourth with 16 minutes left after Neymar had seen a low shot blocked.
Earlier on Sunday, 10-man Monaco slumped to a fifth
defeat in nine Ligue 1 matches as former PSG outcast Hatem Ben Arfa earned
Rennes a 2-1 victory with his first league goal since April 2016.
Leonardo Jardim's Monaco, runners-up to PSG last season,
remain winless since the opening weekend and above the automatic relegation
spots only on goal difference.
Elsewhere, ex-Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic saw his
Nantes side beaten 3-0 at Bordeaux on his return to French football, while
Kostas Mitroglou and Florian Thauvin scored as Marseille climbed to third
following a 2-0 victory over Caen.