Kylian Mbappe scored and got here by way of unscathed together with fellow Paris Saint-Germain stars Lionel Messi and Neymar of their closing match earlier than the World Cup, a 5-0 Ligue 1 rout of Auxerre on Sunday.
The information was much less good for Morocco’s World Cup hopes as Marseille striker Amine Harit was carried off after injuring a knee in his facet’s 3-2 win over Monaco within the night within the final Ligue 1 recreation earlier than the break.
PSG coach Christophe Galtier opted to not relaxation the attacking trio towards the Burgundy facet because the French champions sought to increase their lead on the high of the desk earlier than the break for the match in Qatar.
“None of my gamers had despatched me a sign of worry,” stated Galtier.
“My obsession was that my workforce may categorical themselves as freely as potential with out the psychosis of an harm.
“The gamers responded current, had been severe, focussed.
“It might have been an amazing unhappiness for me if one in all my gamers had been injured earlier than the World Cup and I shortly made the adjustments to spare every of them.”
Mbappe scored the opener after 11 minutes in Paris for his twelfth league objective this season after good work by Messi and two different World Cup-bound gamers Moroccan Achraf Hakimi and Portuguese Nuno Mendes.
Spain’s Carlos Soler nodded within the second after 51 minutes after which arrange Hakimi for the third six minutes later. Two gamers who should not going to Qatar, Renato Sanches and Hugo Ekitike got here off the bench and added objectives within the closing ten minutes.
The Parisians moved 5 factors forward of Lens, who gained 2-1 at house towards Clermont on Saturday, with Rennes an additional 5 factors adrift in third.
Galtier added: “We’re first and undefeated, we labored on completely different methods and it took us time to seek out the higher resolution in order that my incredible trio can categorical themselves and discover the very best steadiness.
“There are nonetheless many strains of labor. The one small remorse I’ve shouldn’t be having crushed Benfica within the Champions League.”
PSG drew twice with the Benfica of their Champions League group and certified second behind the Portuguese membership.
For his or her closing match earlier than the World Cup, the MNM trio — Messi, Neymar, Mbappe — didn’t actually sparkle in a recreation performed with out nice depth.
That didn’t stop the champions giving an illustration of their goal-scoring prowess earlier than a break till their subsequent Ligue 1 match on December 28 towards Strasbourg.
Mbappe’s early objective, following a phenomenal cross from Messi relayed by Mendes, appear to anaesthetize the Parisian forwards.
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Messi hit the submit after 66 minutes, Neymar collapsed on the slightest contact and performed in gradual movement, removed from flamboyance of his first a part of the season.
“I don’t know if my gamers had been afraid of injuring the Parisians earlier than the World Cup,” stated Auxerre coach Christophe Pelissier.
“Of the 5 objectives we gave them three had been our errors.”
Galtier gave some enjoying time to France defender Presnel Kimpembe, who got here on for the ultimate quarter of an hour having spent a month out with an Achilles tendon harm.
In Monaco, Harit was carried off on a stretcher after injuring a knee within the 58th minute.
“From what we all know, it’s a really huge harm,” stated Marseille coach, Igor Tudor. “He obtained injured simply earlier than the World Cup, we talked about all of it week. I’m very unhappy”.
Harit’s substitute, veteran Dimitri Payet, performed an important function as Marseille got here from 2-1 down. Bosnian defender Saed Kolasinac headed in Payet’s free kick eight minutes into added time.
The win lifts Marseille into fourth whereas Monaco keep sixth, one level forward of Lille who beat backside facet Angers 1-0.
Additionally down on the backside, Brest beat Troyes 2-1 whereas Nantes got here from two objectives down for a 2-2 draw at house towards Ajaccio.
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