PARIS: Paris St Germain put on a scintillating performance to earn a 5-2 win over AS Monaco on Friday as the hosts strengthened their grip on Ligue 1’s top spot.
Luis Enrique’s side moved to 30 points, four clear of second-placed Nice, who host Toulouse on Sunday. Monaco are third with 24 points.
PSG took the lead in the 18th minute when Goncalo Ramos capitalised on a rebound from Monaco goalkeeper Philipp Kohn before the visitors’ Takumi Minamino seized on a mistake by home keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to equalise four minutes later.
Kylian Mbappe restored the lead for the hosts with a 39th minute penalty to extend his tally as Ligue 1 top scorer this season to 14 goals.
Ousmane Dembele scored his first goal of the season to extend PSG’s lead 20 minutes from time before Vitinha scored with a superb shot from the edge of the box two minutes later.
Folarin Balogun pulled one back for the visitors after a fine through ball from Minamino in the 75th but Randal Kolo Muani completed the rout in stoppage time.
PSG next host Champions League Group F opponents Newcastle United on Tuesday.