Kylian Mbappe of Paris St Germain was the main tormentor on a great night for the France striker, scoring two goals and setting up the other four as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders thrashed visiting Lorient 5-1 on Sunday.
The French champions’ forward trio collaborated excellently at times to create a display in stark contrast to last month’s humbling 3-0 defeat at Monaco, in which Lionel Messi and Neymar each scored twice.
PSG now has 68 points from 30 games, 12 more than second-placed Olympique de Marseille, who beat relegation-threatened St Etienne 4-2 earlier in the day.
Lorient are 16th in the table with 28 points after Terem Moffi scored a second-half goal to make it 2-1.
“We’re thrilled to win, but we know how difficult this league is to win, so we have to keep showing we can win,” Neymar remarked.
“We were devastated by our Champions League exit (against Real Madrid), because we had hoped to go all the way.” It was difficult for the spectators to accept, but it was far more difficult for us.”
In the 12th minute, PSG took the lead thanks to a brilliant connection involving Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe.
The France striker intercepted a Messi pass and flipped the ball into the path of Neymar, who beat Matthieu Dreyer from close range.
Before halftime, Messi came close to adding a third when he stretched his leg to deflect a high ball from Neymar, but his effort was just wide.
Lorient were handed a lifeline early in the second half when Moffi intercepted a poor back ball from Achraf Hakimi and beat goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to halve the deficit.
Mbappe, on the other hand, took control of the play once more, restoring a two-goal lead with another near-post strike, this time from just beyond the area.
Six minutes later, the Parc des Princes audience erupted again as Mbappe sped through Lorient’s half and, following a one-two with Gueye, found Messi with a cut back inside the area.
The Argentine forward shot into the roof of the goal from close range to seal the victory.
Mbappe rounded off the comfortable victory with a brilliant through ball that set up Neymar, who scored a low drive in the final minute.