Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi helped PSG to a crushing win

Match Report: Lille 1-5 Paris Saint-Germain: Messi ends goal drought before Mbappe caps win

Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi helped PSG to a crushing win

Lionel Messi scored his first Ligue 1 goal since November as Paris Saint-Germain routed last season’s champions Lille 5-1 at Stade Pierre Mauroy.

Ending a six-game drought in the competition, Messi produced a cunning finish for PSG’s third goal, with Danilo Pereira netting twice and Presnel Kimpembe also on target before Kylian Mbappe’s sumptuous 20-yard strike rounded off the scoring.

The Parisians’ 1-0 defeat to Lille in April last season was a pivotal result in the title race, with Lille finishing a point clear of Mauricio Pochettino’s team to be crowned champions.

Sunday night’s result keeps Lille mired in mid-table this time around, while PSG hold a 13-point lead over second-placed Marseille.

The visitors took a 10th-minute lead when goalkeeper Ivo Grbic fumbled a cross from the left whipped in by Nuno Mendes, spilling the ball and allowing Pereira to poke home.

Messi curled wide from 20 yards for PSG, but it was Lille who snatched the game’s second goal, Sven Botman beating Gianluigi Donnarumma with a bouncing shot from 10 yards after Hatem Ben Arfa made a nuisance of himself, wriggling into the box from the left flank.

PSG restored their lead in the 32nd minute when Messi’s corner from the right was prodded in at the far post by Kimpembe, for the defender’s first league goal this season.

Messi had his goal six minutes later when he collected the leftovers from an Mbappe charge, spotting a gap between Lille defenders and darting through before cheekily chipping Gbric.

PSG’s fourth after 51 minutes saw Pereira’s 25-yard strike deflect off Amadou Onana and deceive Grbic.

There was then little the goalkeeper could do about Mbappe’s classy finish, as the France star, stepping in from the left, curled the ball into the far-right corner for the visitors’ crowning glory.

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