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Ligue 1: PSG blow Auxerre away in five-star performance

PSG defeated Auxerre 5-0 to extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1.

PSG went into the last game of the domestic campaign before the World Cup break looking to keep a firm grip on top spot. Lens 2-1 win over Clermont yesterday cut their lead at the top to just two points and a response was needed.

PSG boss Christoph Galtier continued with his 3-4-2-1 formation, deploying Lionel Messi and Neymar behind star striker Kylian Mbappe.

Kylian Mbappe celebrates with Nuno Mendes after scoring for PSG AFP

It took Les Parisiens barely 10 minutes to draw first blood. Kylian Mbappe received an accurate pass inside the box from the impressive Nuno Mendes before finishing with aplomb.

Minutes later Mbaye Niang went close for Auxerre but PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made a brilliant save to preserve the lead.

The pressure continued to mount from the home side, Mbappe went close again and they continued to dominate and create chances. The first half ended with PSG on the ascendancy.

The second half began in the same fashion, the home team continued to push forward looking for a second. Five minutes after the restart, the effervescent Nuno Mendes sent a raking pass from the left wing to the head of Carlos Soler who made it 2-0.

Achraf Hakimi celebrates with teammates after scoring for PSG in 5-0 win over Auxerre AFP

Soon after, it was 3-0. Achraf Hakimi weaves his way past two defenders before lashing an unstoppable finish past the Auxerre goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

There was very little by way of a response from the away side and PSG almost increased their lead after Lionel Messi crashed the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Hugo Etikite celebrates with teammates after scoring the last goal in PSG’s 5-0 win over Auxerre AFP

Two late goals from Renato Sanches and substitute Hugo Ekitike added even more gloss to an accomplished performance.

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