Mbappe double sends PSG top of Ligue 1 at Metz

A Kylian Mbappe brace and a late penalty from Mauro Icardi guided Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-1 victory over Metz in the 2020-21 Ligue 1 on Saturday.

PSG opened the scoring inside four minutes when Kylian Mbappe (in pic) latched on to a floated pass from midfielder Ander Herrera.   -  Getty Images

Kylian Mbappe scored on either side of halftime but picked up a thigh injury as Paris Saint-Germain returned to the top of the 2020-21 Ligue 1 table with a 3-1 victory over Metz at the Stade Saint-Symphorien on Saturday.

The France forward was substituted in the closing moments with a heavily strapped thigh, casting doubts over his fitness ahead of PSG's Champions League semifinal first leg at home to Manchester City on Wednesday.

PSG opened the scoring inside four minutes when Mbappe latched on to a floated pass from midfielder Ander Herrera, before smashing it past Metz goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja.

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Against the run of play, Metz scored its first goal in four league matches to equalise at the start of the second half as right back Fabien Centonze headed home a dipping cross by attacking midfielder Farid Boulaya.

But PSG reclaimed the lead in the 58th minute when Mbappe capitalised on a misplaced Centonze pass, before scoring his 25th league goal of the season with a deflected effort from outside the box.

Mauro Icardi's cheeky 'Panenka' penalty sealed the result with two minutes remaining, as PSG moved two points clear of second-placed Lille, which has a game in hand against Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.