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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Mbappe celebrates New Deal with 3 goals, Marseille finish second

PARIS ( Associated Press) — Three more years, three more goals.

Kylian Mbappe celebrates three years of new deal They stayed at Paris Saint-Germain with a hat-trick for the French champions against struggling Metz on Saturday, taking their league-leading number 28 and their PSG total to 171.

By this time until the following season, he may well exceed Edinson Cavani’s club record of 200 goals.

Elsewhere there were encouraging scenes for PSG’s bitter rivals Marseille after beating Strasbourg 4–0 to finish second and make an automatic entry into the Champions League.

Marseille are two points ahead of third-placed Monaco, who enter the Champions League qualifying round after ending a nine-match winning streak with a 2-2 draw at Lens.

Monaco was ahead 2–1, thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder’s 25th league goal, with Marseille needing a 5–0 win to overtake by goal difference. Marseille scored deep in injury time for 4-0 with two minutes left to get fifth.

But suddenly the chase was over.

Lens equalized in the sixth minute of stoppage time to send Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli to Wild. Midfielder Matteo Guandouzzi jumped into his arms as the entire Stade velodrome went in excitement.

In Paris, Mbappe stole the show while a trusted partner signed on in style.

Angel Di Maria, leaving the club after seven seasons, set Mbappe’s first in the 25th minute with his club record-expanding 112th assist. Lionel Messi scored Mbappe’s second goal three minutes later.

Neymar scored 3-0 in the 32nd, Mbappe in the 50th and Di Maria scored his 92nd and last PSG goal.

More will be in store for Mbappe, who dashed hopes by turning down a chance to join Real Madrid.

“I would like to announce that I have chosen to extend my contract and of course I am pleased,” Mbappe said. “I believe I can continue to move forward.”

Rennes also leveled deep in injury time at Lille to make it 2-2 and take fourth – and Europa League qualification – away from Nice on goal difference. Striker Andy Delorte’s hat-trick from seven minutes late in the game helped Nice go down 2-0 in a 3-2 win at Reims.

Timothy Weh, son of Liberian President and former Ballon d’Or winner George V, scored both goals for Lille.

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A 79th-minute goal from veteran winger Romain Hamouma earned a 1–1 draw at Nantes to push Saint-Etienne into 18th and the promotion-relegation playoffs – at least one shot to stay up.

PSG sent Metz down with Bordeaux, who showed some pride in winning Brest 4-2, but scored 91 goals in a terrible season for the six-time champions.

Elsewhere, it was: Angers 2, Montpellier 0; Lorient 1, Troyes 1, and Lyon 2, Clermont 1, with Moussa Dembele scoring his 21st league goal for Lyon.

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