Riding on braces from Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) drubbed their old enemy Olympique de Marseille 4-0 on Sunday in a game that further laid bare the gulf that exists between the sides and allowed the reigning champions to extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1.
PSG were again without their star player Neymar, who is injured, while Idrissa Gueye – their most impressive midfielder this season – was also sidelined, but neither of the two was missed as the hosts put up a great show at the Le Parc des Princes stadium on Monday.
Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe set the tone as Paris burst out of the blocks. But it was Mauro Icardi who drew the first blood, scoring at the second time of asking from Di Maria’s cross in the 10th minute.
The Argentine striker headed home his second of the night from Marco Verratti’s cross minutes before the half-hour (26th minute).
The consistent pressure from the hosts didn’t give Marseille the chance to come back in the game and soon Kylian Mbappe joined the party after scoring on an offering from Di Maria in the 32nd minute.
Towards the end of the first half, Mbappe scored his another goal in the 44th minute and PSG cruised to 4-0.
It is to note that this was the first time in history that Paris scored three goals in the first half against bitter rivals Marseille.
The second half saw the hosts running out of gas with some missed opportunities and as a result, the final whistle blew with the scoreline of 4-0.
Icardi has now scored seven goals in his last seven games while Mbappe has struck five times in two matches for PSG.