As Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 2-0 victory at bitter rival Marseille in the French league on Sunday, Kylian Mbappe scored early on.

The game was far away from the fiery Paris meeting of September when Marseille won 1-0, and five players were sent off.

After sprinting clear from near the halfway line, Mbappe scored in the eighth minute with a confident finish, and strike partner Mauro Icardi flicked a looping header over goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in the 23rd.

While Marseille improved after the break, the imposing striker Arkadiusz Milik was missing due to a thigh injury and was unsuccessful without his latest Napoli signing.

In the last minute, playmaker Dimitri Payet had Marseille sent off for a crude challenge on midfielder Marco Verratti.

However, with winger Angel Di Maria limping off with a right thigh injury, PSG’s comfortable win came at a cost. With the first leg on Feb. 16, Barcelona awaits PSG in the Round of 16 in the Champions League.

PSG remains seventh, one point behind Lyon and three points behind leader Lille after 24 out of 38 laps.

Earlier, Jonathan David, Canada forward, scored both goals as Lille won 2-0 in Nantes struggling.

As fourth-place Monaco won 4-3 at Nimes for a seventh straight league victory, Aleksandr Golovin scored a hat trick and set the other goal.

As he thumped the ball home from the edge of the penalty area late on, David’s second goal was superbly taken, following fine play to set him up by Timothy Weah and Renato Sanches.

After eight minutes, David opened the scoring against a mediocre Nantes team, which is in 18th position and hasn’t won any of the seven matches since former France coach Raymond Domenech took over.

In Nimes, Down South, Golovin starred.

Within 11 minutes, Russia’s midfield star from the 2018 World Cup put Monaco 2-0 up with identical-looking goals, ghosting to the back post to meet two Fode Ballo-Toure crosses from the left.


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