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Mbappe hattrick propels PSG to 6-2 win at Montpellier

MONTPELLIER — Kylian Mbappe scored his second hattrick in Ligue 1 this season as leaders Paris St Germain won 6-2 at Montpellier on Sunday, securing their first league win in four matches.

PSG, with 59 points from 26 matches, extended their lead at the top over Brest to 12 points while Montpellier, with 26 points, remain one point above the relegation playoff spot. Brest were earlier held 1-1 at home by Lille.

The visitors took the lead in the 14th minute when Mbappe’s cross from the left found Vitinha who evaded two defenders to score from the edge of the box. Mbappe himself scored eight minutes later after a one-two with Randal Kolo Muani.

Montpellier drew level before the breake with Arnaud Nordin scoring on the half-hour mark before Teji Savanier converted a penalty in first-half added time after PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma brought down Tanguy Coulibaly.

But Mbappe restored PSG’s lead in the 50th minute, three minutes before Lee Kang-in scored the fourth. Mbappe netted his third goal soon after with an assist from Vitinha, who also set up Nuno Mendes for PSG’s sixth in the 89th minute. — Reuters