A brace from Lionel Messi inspired Paris Saint-Germain to a 4-0 win over Montpellier in their penultimate Ligue 1 clash on Saturday evening.
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Thilo Kehrer, Juan Bernat, Sergio Ramos, Ander Herrera and Georginio Wijnaldum returned to PSG’s line-up from the draw with Troyes.
The Parisans settled comfortably and had the lead on six minutes after Messi made a late run in the area and slammed Kylian Mbappe’s penetrative ball into the bottom-corner.
Messi helped himself to a brace in a spell of 20 minutes when he brought down a ball into the six-yard area from Mbappe before he rounded Dimitry Bertaud to finish into an empty net.
PSG made Montpellier’s situation worse six minutes later as smart footwork from Mbappe resulted in an opening for Di Maria, who executed the delivery perfectly well past Bertaud.
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With a hand in all three strikes, Mbappe was unlucky not have his name on the score-sheet over 10 minutes to halftime after his shot from a decent position around the area hit the crossbar.
In light of a quiet opening 20 odd minutes in the second half, the champions grabbed a fourth goal courtesy of a penalty from Mbappe following a hand ball in the area by the home team.
Montpellier looked for a consolation within a few minutes through an attempt by Florent Mollet from a through pass, but he struck the post with Donnarumma caught square.
The Parisans though continued to dominate and looked to have bagged a fifth goal through Mbappe, but it was disallowed for offside as Xavi Simons replaced Wijnaldum.
PSG could’ve extended their lead even further from the opportunities that came their way, but settled for a 4-0 triumph in the end.