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Monday, November 27, 2017

Ligue 1: Paris St-Germain beat Monaco to extend lead at summit

Paris St-Germain moved nine points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at reigning champions Monaco on Sunday.
Edinson Cavani and Neymar, from the penalty spot, scored the goals for PSG, who remain unbeaten in all competitions this season and have dropped only four points in the league after 14 matches.
Former Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe spurned numerous chances to make the scoreline wider and a forgettable return to his old club was capped when Joao Moutinho's free-kick deflected in off the teenager to make it 2-1.
It remained that way as Monaco finished the day in third place in the standings following Lyon's 5-0 success at Nice earlier.
All eyes were on Mbappe, who was making his first return to the Stade Louis II. The 18-year-old played a key role in Monaco's title success before joining PSG on loan, ahead of a planned permanent deal.
He should have scored in the second minute after being put clean through following some superb footwork by Neymar but after rounding onrushing goalkeeper Danijel Subasic he put his shot into the side-netting with the goal at his mercy.
PSG took the lead after 19 minutes, and it was little surprise the scorer was Cavani. The Uruguayan now has 16 league goals for the season and five in his last our games against Monaco.
Adrien Rabiot spotted Julian Draxler drift into the penalty area behind the home defence and his low cross was brilliantly flicked over the advancing Subasic by Cavani.
The start of the second half saw a Neymar effort strike a post and Mbappe missed another one-on-one opportunity but the second goal arrived after 52 minutes when Neymar gathered his feet to nonchalantly roll in a penalty after he was barged over by Almamy Toure.
Mbappe failed again with just Subasic to beat and Cavani headed a good chance wide before Moutinho's free-kick, which deflected off Mbappe, halved Monaco's deficit with nine minutes remaining.
Memphis Depay took his goal tally for Lyon into double figures for the season with two goals in a 5-0 win against Nice.
Lyon were rampant in the first half at the Allianz Riviera, scoring four times. Depay set them on their way after only five minutes before Maxwell Cornet and Mariano netted ahead of the half-hour mark.
The former Manchester United winger added his second of the contest and the 10th of the campaign just before the break.
Nice had Marlon sent off after 70 minutes and shortly afterwards 18-year-old substitute Myziane Maolida completed the scoring.
Marseille are just a point behind Lyon in fourth spot after stretching their unbeaten run to nine league matches with a 1-0 win over Guingamp at Stade Velodrome. Florian Thauvin's sixth goal of the season was enough for the three points.