World Cup foes Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe inspired Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 triumph astatine bitter rivals Marseille to widen their Ligue 1 pb to 8 points connected Sunday.
Mbappe, who bagged a double, was acceptable up by Messi for some his goals, and repaid the favour by laying connected different for the Argentine guardant arsenic PSG, who were without the injured Neymar, moved to 60 points from 25 games with second-placed Marseille connected 52.
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The extremity was Messi's 700th astatine nine level betwixt his trophy-filled tenure astatine Barcelona and his much caller clip astatine PSG. France guardant Mbappe, who was connected the losing broadside against Messi's Argentina successful the World Cup final, became PSG's associated grounds scorer with 200 goals -- level with Edinson Cavani.
"We were aggressive, we enactment strength into the game, that's what we'd been missing," said PSG centre-back Sergio Ramos.
Marseille manager Igor Tudor said helium did not regret his side's high-risk approach.
"Why should we person changed our mode of playing? It has been moving good this season," helium said. "Mbappe's beingness didn't alteration anything. His beingness made it much hard for america to play our game, but we were not going to alteration it."
Third-placed Monaco slumped to a 3-0 location decision against Nice, who prevailed acknowledgment to a Terem Moffi treble and a superb half-volley by Khephren Thuram.
The effect near Monaco connected 50 points, up of fourth-placed Lens connected goals scored aft the northerners drew 1-1 astatine Montpellier connected Saturday.
PSG, who were knocked retired of the French Cup successful the past 16 by Marseille earlier this month, ended a three-game losing streak successful each competitions by beating Lille past play and they were focused passim astatine the Velodrome.
They suffered an aboriginal wounded stroke erstwhile Presnel Kimpembe, who missed the World Cup for France with an Achilles issue, near the transportation connected a stretcher, 2 weeks aft making his comeback from a three-month layoff.
Matteo Guendouzi created information arsenic Marseille pressed precocious and hard, but they were exposed connected the antagonistic and the hosts were punished successful the 25th infinitesimal erstwhile Messi played Mbappe done and helium raced into the country to bushed Pau Lopez with a debased shot.
The roles were reversed 4 minutes aboriginal arsenic Mbappe delivered a pinpoint transverse for Messi, who tapped successful from point-blank scope to treble the vantage successful beforehand of an all-time Ligue 1 grounds attendance of 65,800.
Messi past missed a sitter and Mbappe was denied by Lopez aft being recovered successful the country by the Argentine again, conscionable earlier Marquinhos' angled changeable went conscionable wide arsenic Marseille were again caught connected the break.
Messi beautifully lifted the shot into the way of Mbappe, who volleyed location with his near ft for his 16th extremity of the play successful Ligue 1.
Gianluigi Donnarumma made a spectacular prevention from Nuno Tavares' header successful the 67th to snuff retired immoderate anticipation of a Marseille comeback arsenic PSG secured a archetypal cleanable expanse successful six league games.
PSG adjacent look Nantes astatine location earlier travelling to Bayern Munich for their Champions League last-16 instrumentality limb aft losing the archetypal brushwood 1-0 astatine the Parc des Princes.