Parisd Saint-Germain pulled into second overnight with a 4-0 win at Dijon. Moise Kean, Kylian Mbappé and Danilo Pareira got the champions' goals at the Stade Gaston Gérard.
Dijon FCO 0-4 Paris Saint-Germain
PSG were heavily rotated for this one, with the suspended Leandro Paredes and injured Mauro Icardi and Alessandro Florenzi joining Neymar Jr. on the sidelines, but the champions began the day 39 points better off than their basement-dwelling hosts and wasted little time in asserting their dominance. Kean, leading the line in Icardi's absence, opened the scoring with the first real attack of the game, Mbappé and Abdou Diallo combining well on the left before feeding Kean, who tricked his marker with a feint before steering his 11th goal of the season into Anthony Racioppi's bottom corner (6'). Mbappé had a chance to double the lead soon after but he uncharacteristically mis-controlled a lofted through-ball and the chance went begging (15'). The France star converted his 17th goal of the campaign from the penalty spot, though, sending Racioppi the wrong way after Thilo Kehrer's goal-bound shot struck Bersant Celina's hand (32'). Julian Draxler then had a goal ruled out with Mbappé ruled offside in the build-up (35') and Mickaël Lesage's whistle for half-time went with the scores at 2-0.
PSG kicked off the second half at breakneck speed, and they were three goals to the good after just a few minutes. Kehrer bombed forward from the right, Rafinha then weighted his pass to Mbappé beautifully, and Mbappé did the rest for his league-leading 18th strike of the campaign (51'). Draxler had a second goal denied, the flag going up against him to rule out what was a fine lob over the 'keeper (74'). Racioppi did well soon after, though, springing across his goal to deny Pablo Sarabia after the Spanish second-half substitute - on foe Kean - had been teed up by Mbappé (78'). The capital club would eventually add gloss to the scoreline, though, Danilo rising highest to meet Draxler's cross and head home his first PSG goal (82'). Keylor Navas denied Celina with a stunning save at the death (90') and it ended 4-0.
THE PLAYER: Kylian Mbappé
Dijon may have been significant underdogs here but Mbappé was nonetheless at his effervescent best here. The 22-year-old already has 113 goals in all competitions for PSG and has quite some time to overtake Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the only two players above him on the podium of the club's all-time top scorers.
THE STAT: 1
PSG only have one point to make on league leaders LOSC, at least until les Dogues take on RC Strasbourg Alsace on Sunday. Lille may be expected to win that one, but Paris at least have their fate in their own hands, with the sides set to meet in a title six-pointer at the Parc des Princes in April.
FC Metz kept within touching distance of the European chase earlier in the day, Vagner scoring in injury time as Frédéric Antonetti's snatched a 2-1 win over Girondins de Bordeaux at the Matmut Atlantique.
Girondins de Bordeaux 1-2 FC Metz
Bordeaux were undefeated in their previous 10 matches against their eastern rivals, a run stretching all the way back to May 204, and they took an early lead after Samuel Kalu got on the end of Youssouf Sabaly's cross (14).
But Metz - who have claimed the scalps of Olympique Lyonnais and RC Lens among others this season - never let their heads go down, and after Thomas Delaine had reacted quickest to a rebounded shot to restore parity (72'), Vagner snatched the win with a simple finish (90'+1).