Paris St-Germain 2-0 Brest: Kylian Mbappe on target as PSG go 11 points clear

Kylian Mbappe in action against Brest
Mbappe now has 101 goals in 126 Ligue 1 games for PSG

Paris St-Germain returned to winning ways with Kylian Mbappe on target in a victory over Brest that takes them 11 points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

PSG were without other stars including Lionel Messi and Neymar, but were still too good for their opponents.

Mbappe fired in the opener from the edge of the box – his 19th goal of the season and 10th in the league.

Thilo Kehrer made sure of the points with a wonderful side-footed volley from Nuno Mendes’ cross.

It was the defender’s second goal in as many league games following his equaliser against Lyon last weekend. He had only previously scored two Ligue 1 goals in total in 70 appearances.

The win extended PSG’s unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to 12 games, but was just a second victory in the last six.

They have endured significant disruption to their glittering side, including an injury to Neymar, Messi testing positive for Covid-19, and players including Achraf Hakimi and Idrissa Gueye taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Lionel Messi watches PSG in action on Saturday
Messi has missed the last three games following a positive Covid-19 test but is expected to return against Stade Reims next Sunday

Despite that, their starting XI is still the envy of the rest of France, and while not seamless, it was superior on Saturday.

They have made a habit of late of conceding first and would have done so again but for Gianluigi Donnarumma’s superb save to deny Irvin Cardona following Presnel Kimpembe’s misjudged backpass.

But having survived that scare, they set about taking control and took the lead through Mbappe’s neat cut inside and superb low finish.

Marco Verratti struck the inside of the far post with a toe-poke effort early in the second half before Kehrer struck to give the home side a more comfortable final 35 minutes, which included a late cameo from Sergio Ramos.