PSG eases past Dijon without banned Neymar

Kylian Mbappe rose to the occasion with a brace and an assist to guide PSG to a 4-0 win over Dijon in suspended Neymar's absence.

PSG's Kylian Mbappe increased his league-best goals tally to 18 in the club's win over Dijon on Saturday.   -  Getty Images

Kylian Mbappe scored twice and grabbed an assist as runaway Ligue 1 leader Paris Saint-Germain coasted to a 4-0 win over Dijon on Saturday despite the absence of the suspended Neymar.

Pablo Sarabia struck the opener inside three minutes at the Parc des Princes, as PSG played without Neymar who was serving a one-match ban after his red card in last week's win over Bordeaux.

Dijon is hovering just above the relegation play-off place but held out for 70 minutes before PSG added a second through Mbappe.

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The France international then set up Mauro Icardi for a third goal just moments after the Argentine came on as a replacement for Edinson Cavani.

Mbappe bagged his second and PSG's fourth in stoppage time as Thomas Tuchel's side preserved its 13-point lead over Marseille at the top of the table.

The host was already without Marco Verratti due to suspension and injured captain Thiago Silva, and lost Angel Di Maria to a thigh problem early in the first half.

By that point the club was already leading through Sarabia's ninth goal of 2020 -- and PSG's second quickest of the campaign -- after he redirected a mishit shot from Marquinhos.

Dijon goalkeeper Alex Runarsson produced a number of saves to keep the visitors in touch, but he was eventually beaten again when Mbappe rounded the Iceland international following a slick ball through from Julian Draxler.

Mbappe turned provider when he helped the ball across for Icardi to apply a sharp finish on 74 minutes. He then increased his league-best goals tally to 18 in stoppage time after a scramble in the area.

Marseille strengthened its grip on second place on Friday as Dario Benedetto scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 win at lowly Nimes.

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