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World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe scored four goals in 13 second-half minutes to lead Paris St Germain to a 5-0 win over Lyon in a bruising Ligue 1 encounter on Sunday, ESPN reports.
Leaders PSG, already eight points clear of Lille, extended their winning start to the league season to nine games but it was a hugely flattering score for them after a match where both teams finished the first half with 10 men.
Lyonnais, who had to substitute two players before half-time because of injury, more than held their own for the first hour and hit the post with the score at 1-0.
Brazilian Neymar converted a penalty to give PSG a ninth-minute lead but the game took a dramatic turn when the hosts had Presnel Kimpembe sent off in the 32nd minute for a dangerous studs-up tackle on Tanguy Ndombele.
The referee initially gave a yellow card but changed it to red after a VAR review.
Kylian Mbappe celebrates one of his four goals on Sunday. ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/­AFP/­Getty Images
The numbers were evened up in first-half stoppage-time after Lucas Tousart was given a second yellow card for tripping Mbappe and was sent off for the second game in a row.
Lyonnais nearly snatched an equaliser in extraordinary circumstances after halftime when PSG defender Thiago Silva fired a clearance straight at Maxwell Cornet and the ball came off him and struck the foot of the post.
Mbappe, who until then had been anonymous, also hit the post from the next move and shortly afterwards the floodgates opened.
The 19-year-old extended PSG’s lead in the 61st minute with a shot which went in off both posts and then tapped in a short pass from Marquinhos after Lyonnais failed to clear the ball.
He completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute after Neymar sent him clear of the defence and he ran on to finish emphatically.
Five minutes later, he drilled home the ball after it ricocheted around the Lyonnais penalty area.
France World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe scored four goals as Paris St-Germain maintained their 100% winning start in Ligue 1 by thrashing Lyon.
Mbappe’s goals came in a 13-minute second-half spell, netting his first with a low strike off the post.
He slid in his second, converted a cool finish for his hat-trick and stroked home his fourth from close range.
Neymar’s penalty put PSG ahead, with home defender Presnel Kimpembe and Lyon midfielder Lucas Tousart both sent off.
France international Kimpembe was given a straight red card by the referee after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), who advised a dismissal as the defender had caught Tanguy Ndombele in the shin with his studs.
Tousart was sent off for a second bookable offence on the stroke of half-time after hauling down Mbappe.
Thomas Tuchel’s side, champions in five of the last six seasons, have won all nine league games so far and are eight points clear of second-placed Lille.
Meanwhile, former PSG and Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa scored the winner as Rennes beat Monaco 2-1. Monaco had Radamel Falcao on the scoresheet, but the 2016-17 champions have won just once in the league all season and are struggling in 18th place.
Another former Magpies player, Florian Thauvin, and ex-Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou both netted as Marseille beat Caen 2-0.