Paris Saint -Germain continued the blistering start to their Ligue 1 title defence with a record-extending 10th straight win as Kylian Mbappe scored in a 5-0 thrashing of Amiens on Saturday.
Coach Thomas Tuchel left key men Neymar, Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier out of the squad altogether at the Parc des Princes with Wednesday ’ s Champions League clash with Napoli in mind, but PSG had more than enough to see off Amiens .
Brazilian centre – back Marquinhos nodded the hosts into a 12th – minute lead and Adrien Rabiot made it two shortly before half – time .
Germany winger Julian Draxler grabbed the third headed goal of the game, and the 19-year -old Mbappe fired in late on to score his ninth goal in just six league matches this season.
It was a horrid mismatch with Amiens totally outclassed , and teenager Moussa Diaby came off the bench to complete the rout as the capital- city giants stretched their commanding lead at the top of the table to 11 points.
The champions did not waste much time in forging ahead , as Marquinhos met Angel Di Maria’ s inswinging corner with a flicked header into the bottom corner to score his first Ligue 1 goal since May 2017.
PSG were totally dominant — as Edinson Cavani saw a header brilliantly kept out by Amiens goalkeeper Regis Gurtner — but doubled the advantage three minutes before the break with almost a carbon- copy of the first goal.
Di Maria curled in another corner from the right, and this time it was Rabiot who made the near- post run and directed a header into the same corner that Marquinhos had found half an hour earlier .
Cavani wasted a golden opportunity by volleying wide from barely two yards out , but the match was as good as over heading into the second half .
– Late flurry –
Tuchel’ s men appeared to have their attention firmly focused on Napoli as they slipped into cruise control in the second half , happy to stroke the ball around under little or no pressure from an Amiens outfit seemingly pleased to limit the damage.
Colombian forward Juan Ortero should have made it a nervy last 10 minutes for the home side when he headed into the side netting from close range , but PSG went straight up the other end and scored again .
Juan Bernat ’ s left – wing cross was deflected , but Draxler was allowed acres of space to adjust his body and send a powerful header flying into the net.
A totally outclassed Amiens quickly saw PSG add a fourth despite having barely got out of second gear, as Mbappe latched onto Diaby ’ s pass after a flowing move and drilled home .
Diaby, 19, was given the freedom of the visitors’ area to stroll through the middle and slot in PSG ’ s third goal in seven minutes and round off the most comfortable of victories.
Later on Saturday, Thierry Henry takes charge of freefalling Monaco for the first time at Strasbourg , while second – placed Lille visit Dijon .