PSG claim record 9-0 home win

Afp, Paris

20th January, 2019 09:51:56 printer

PSG claim record
9-0 home win

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, right, celebrates with teammate after scoring a goal against Guingamp during their French L1 match at Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on Saturday. PSG won 9-0. — AFP Photo

Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani scored hat-tricks, while Neymar netted a double as Paris Saint-Germain romped to their biggest-ever home win with a 9-0 Ligue 1 thrashing of Guingamp on Saturday.

The runaway league leaders exacted sweet revenge on bottom club Guingamp, who had ended their bid for a sixth straight League Cup title earlier this month in Paris.

It was PSG’s largest victory at the Parc des Princes, beating an 8-0 win over Dijon 12 months ago, but fell narrowly short of equalling their biggest win in total — a 10-0 French Cup thumping of Cote Chaude in 1994.

The capital club, who lead second-placed Lille by 13 points with two games in hand, have dropped just four points in their opening 19 matches of the season as they bid for an unbeaten league campaign.

Neymar also scored twice as PSG’s front three took their combined tally for the season to 58 goals, while Mbappe extended his advantage in the Ligue 1 scoring charts having netted 17 times in only 14 appearances.

PSG wasted little time in forging ahead, with a wonderful 11th-minute goal by Neymar doing the damage.

His former Brazil international team-mate Dani Alves picked out the world’s most expensive player with a sumptuous pass over the top, and Neymar flicked the ball over Guingamp right-back Jordan Ikoko and slotted in his 19th goal of the season.

Neymar was involved as PSG all but ended the game as a contest eight minutes before half-time, playing a neat one-two with Mbappe which allowed the World Cup winner to side-foot into the corner of the net.

Mbappe added another goal on the stroke of the interval, as Cavani’s pass found him in acres of space inside the Guingamp box.

The game was even more one-sided after the restart, with Cavani tapping in Juan Bernat’s low cross just before the hour mark, before nodding Di Maria’s swinging delivery past helpless Guingamp goalkeeper Marc-Aurele Caillard.