Paris: Kylian Mbappe and Neymar powered Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-1 victory over Lille, lifting the hosts to 36 points, 11 more than second-place Lille.
As was the case last week against Olympique Marseille, PSG’s goals didn’t come until the final stretch of the contest at Parc des Princes on Friday night.
Mbappe, a key member of the France squad that won the World Cup in July, broke the ice in the 70th minute with an assist from Neymar. The duo combined again in the 84th minute, when it was the Brazilian star’s turn to score after a give-and-go with Mbappe.
Nicolas Pepe clawed back a goal for Lille in the 93rd minute, converting from the penalty spot after a hand-ball by PSG defender Thilo Kehrer, but the final whistle sounded before the visitors could get the equaliser.
In Stuttgart, Germany, Frankfurt made the most of their match against last-placed VfB Stuttgart, winning 3-0 to move into the third spot in the Bundesliga.
Frankfurt climbed to 17 points from 10 matches, the same as Borussia Mönchengladbach with a game in hand, but Eintracht have a better goal difference.
Boasting what may be the best attacking trio in the Bundesliga right now in Ante Rebic, Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller, the visitors were in command from the start of the contest at Stuttgart’s Mercedes Benz Arena on Friday night.
Haller opened the scoring in the 11th minute, burying the rebound after Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler made the initial stop against Jovic.
The second goal came in the 32nd minute, when Rebic scored with an assist from Jovic.
Frankfurt continued to press and midfielder Nicolai Müller got a goal in the 89th minute to make the final score 3-0.