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PSG thrash Metz after European exit

  • Published at 10:16 am March 11th, 2018
PSG thrash Metz after European exit
PSG got back to business in Ligue 1 after being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in midweek, hammering basement club Metz 5-0 at home and stretching their lead at the top of the standing back to 14 points. Belgium defender Thomas Meunier struck the first goal in the fifth minute, while 20-year-old midfielder Christopher Nkunku scored twice in quick succession to make it three goals in two league starts this season. France forward Kylian Mbappe hit PSG's fourth in first half stoppage time, while captain Thiago Silva completed the rout with a towering header from a corner in the 82nd minute. PSG coach Unai Emery was booed when his name was read out before kickoff as the home supporters aired their grievance at a second consecutive last 16 Champions League elimination under the Spaniard. They still packed the Parc des Princes for the visit of rock bottom Metz. Top scorer Edinson Cavani was suspended for the game and Emery made five changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Real, giving French youngster Nkunku a second consecutive league start this campaign after he scored in last week's 2-0 win at Troyes. Nkunku snuck into the box and slammed the ball into the net with his left foot in the 20th minute then struck again in the 28th with his other foot, placing the ball into the far corner. He was denied a hat-trick goal before the interval for offside. PSG lead the standing on 77 points after 29 games, 14 clear of nearest challenger and champion AS Monaco, who won 3-1 at Strasbourg Friday. Metz are bottom with 20 points, nine adrift of safety. RESULTS PSG 5 (Meunier 5, Nkunku 20, 28, Mbappe 45+1, Silva 82) Metz 0 Bordeaux 0 Angers 0 Dijon 1 (Said 69) Amiens 1 (Konate 45+2) Lille 1 (Pepe 41) Montpellier 1 (Roussillon 64) Nantes 1 (Sala 86) Troyes 0 Rennes 1 (Sarr 86) St-Etienne 1 (Subotic 35)   SUNDAY'S MATCHES Guingamp v Nice, Lyon v Caen and Toulouse v Marseille
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