Lens Paris St Germain crushed Auxerre 5-1 with four goals in the second half at the top of Ligue 1 on Sunday to start their midseason World Cup break with a five-point advantage over the second-placed Lens.PSG remain without a loss in league play and are leading in the table with 41 points in 15 games. They are ahead of Lens on 36, and Stade Rennais a further five points further back.
While PSG scored just one goal before the break They were completely in control from beginning to end without needing to expend excessive energy. The team has players being selected to join the national team to participate in this year's World Cup which kicks off in Qatar next Sunday.The afternoon was absolutely perfect. I'm not even able to say "almost perfect," it was flawless," PSG boss Christophe Galtier said to Prime Video.
We only gave up one opportunity and we played a tough match. Everyone was keen to play in this game, and no one was concerned over this World Cup.PSG scored an early advantage with Kylian Mbappe following Lionel Messi found Nuno Mendes by lob. The cutback of the wingback was smashed in the direction of the Frenchman who was the league's top scorer to date after scoring 12 goals.PSG had a dominant possession, but were unable to score another goal prior to the break. The chances for the visitors came from Senegalese attacker M'Baye Niang, whose shot was well blocked by the goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The second goal for the hosts was scored through Spanish midfielder Carlos Soler in the 56th minute. Mendes was the one who came up with the idea as He made a wild sprint into the box, passing through 3 players, before looping an open cross to Soler.Auxerre moved forward in an attempt to cut down the deficit. PSG promptly punished their high-line when Achraf Hakimi was dragged to goal by Soler and the Moroccan overtaking the last defender , and then sliding the ball through keeper Benoit Costil before the hour.
With PSG at the top of its game, Galtier withdrew Messi and Neymar with a focus on their injuries and the World Cup on the horizon.I was most likely the one who was most worried. So, I was determined to ease the burden on Ney as well as Leo,Galtier said.Kylian did not leave the pitch but he's now 23. Ney was also absent in mid-week , during an (training) session. Leo was recovering from the strain to his calf.
Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches scored PSG's fourth goal in the 81st minute following Costil stopped French forward Hugo Ekitike out with a incredible save.However, substitute 20-year-old Ekitike compensated the mistake he made earlier by taking advantage of an unintentional back pass, and then slamming the keeper to score the first time in his PSG goal to seal the win.He said to sportsbook betting malaysia.