Mbappe shines again as Monaco extend Ligue 1 lead
Kylian Mbappe capped a remarkable week when he netted a double as Monaco beat Caen 3-0 away to extend their Ligue 1 lead provisionally to six points on Sunday.
Mbappe scored in each half and won a penalty that was converted by Fabinho to lift the principality team to 71 points from 30 games, six clear of second-placed Paris St Germain, who host Olympique Lyonnais later on Sunday.
The 18-year-old Mbappe scored the opener on Wednesday as Monaco beat Manchester City to advance into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, before receiving a maiden call up to the France squad for their World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg and a friendly against Spain later this month.
Monaco's French forward Kylian Mbappe Lottin celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Caen (SMC) and Monaco (AS), on March 19, 2017 at the Michel d'Ornano stadium, in Caen, northwestern France.AFP
Mbappe opened the scoring after 13 minutes with a low left-footed shot that beat keeper Remy Vercoutre.
He was then brought down by Damien Da Silva as he raced into the area, and Fabinho converted the resulting penalty to put the visitors in the driving seat.
Mbappe was at it again nine minutes before fulltime when he scored his 12th league goal of the season with a fine header from Joao Moutinho's cross. It was his ninth in his last seven appearances.
"We know how to kill a game," said Mbappe.
The defeat left Caen in 16th place on 32 points, four above the relegation zone.
At the Parc des Princes, Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore set up both goals in a sterling performance as PSG fought back from a goal down.
Alexandre Lacazette put the visitors ahead on six minutes, heading home at the far post after Rafael had deflected a corner into his path.
In the 34th, Pastore sent a perfect cross to Adrien Rabiot, who fired home at the far post to level the contest.
Julian Draxler celebrates his goal with his team-mates.AFP