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Round 15 review: PSG, Lens sign off in style

Round 15 review: PSG, Lens sign off in style

Publish on 11/14 at 08:21 - L.DAVEY


Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Auxerre, Lens edged out Clermont and Marseille snatched a dramatic late winner at Monaco as French football's top flight bids farewell ahead of the World Cup. Check out the action from Round 15 of Ligue 1 Uber Eats here!

PSG romp to victory

Paris Saint-Germain bid farewell to the Parc des Princes faithful in style, thrashing Auxerre 5-0.

Kylian Mbappé kicked things off with an 11th-minute goal before Carlos Soler (51'), Achraf Hakimi (57') and Renato Sanches (84') gave the reigning champions an unassailable lead.

There was also time for Hugo Ekitiké to open his account for PSG when he fired a fifth, six-minutes from time.

"It was important to win, Lens are behind us in second position with an incredible number of points," said PSG coach Christophe Galtier after seeing his side register their 13th win from 15 league games this season. 

"My players were very professional, committed and determined. As soon as we got the opening goal, the match changed. We scored five goals, each with a different scorer. From the moment that we got to 3-0 and I saw that the opposition had stepped off. At that point, I was looking to see which players I needed to preserve [ahead of the World Cup].

Fifth-straight win for Lens

Lens secured their fifth-consecutive league win after seeing off Clermont 2-1 at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

Clermont drew first blood when Lens midfielder Salis Abdul Samed put through his own net (38'). But the game turned on its head in quick fashion when Wesley Saïd equalised for Lens on the hour mark before Séko Fofana netted the winner (68') to ensure Franck Haise's side strengthened their grip on second place.

"Having 36 points after 15 games will allow us to enjoy the World Cup break with a good feeling," said Lens boss Franck Haise after cementing second place on the table. "It's exceptional to have this number of points at this stage of the season. But what matters is that we continue to play with passion, energy and quality"

Marseille win thriller 

An added-time goal from Sead Kolasinac handed Marseille a 3-2 draw at Monaco.

Marseille took the lead through Alexis Sanchez's superb free-kick (35') but Monaco hit back on the stroke of half time when Wissam Ben Yedder converted from the penalty spot. Kevin Volland then nudged Monaco's in front (72') before Jordan Veretout struck to level for Igor Tudor's side (83'). 

But Marseille grabbed a winner in the eighth-minute of added time when Kolasinac headed home from close range. 

Rennes' streak goes on

Rennes made it 11 games unbeaten after a 2-1 win against Toulouse at Roazhon Park.

Goals from Benjamin Bourigeaud (25') and Arnaud Kalimuendo (58') were enough to keep Rennes on the podium going into the World Cup break. Thijs Dallinga scored the visitors' goal (55').

Diallo spares Strasbourg's blushes

An 88th-minute equaliser from Habib Diallo earned Strasbourg a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Lorient.

Terem Moffi's tenth goal of the season broke the deadlock for Régis Le Bris' side (5') but they were unable to hold on for the victory and Diallo netted from close range (87') to snatch a point.

Lacazette salvages point

Alexandre Lacazette scored a late equaliser to earn Lyon a point at home to Nice in a 1-1 draw.

It was a story of two penalties with Nicolas Pepe converting from the spot (38') to put Nice in front before Lacazette also kept his cool to score from 12 yards, one minute from time.

LOSC bounce back

LOSC got back to winning ways after last weekend's defeat at Lyon, by edging out lowly Angers 1-0 at the Decathlon Arena.

Tiago Djalo was the hero for Paulo Fonseca's side when he headed the only goal of the game (36') as LOSC signed off in seventh place on the standings.

Montpellier leave it late

A late strike from Sacha Delaye earned Montpellier a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Reims.

The game sprung to life in the final moments when Marshall Munetsi brilliantly put Reims in front (87'). But the visitors were unable to hold on to their lead and Delaye levelled up for Montpellier  in added time.

Nantes stage late fightback 

Nantes fought back from two-goals down to draw 2-2 with Ajaccio at La Beaujoire.

A Youcef Belaïli penalty and another from Romain Hamouma (66') put the Corsican side in a commanding position. But strikes from Ludovic Blas (70') and Moses Simon (89') handed Antoine Kombouaré's men a share of the spoils.

Troyes pay the penalty at Brest

Brest picked up a crucial three points after overcoming Troyes 2-1 at the Stade Francis le Blé.

Romain Del Castillo converted form the penalty spot to fire Brest in front (55') but were pegged back five-minutes later when Brendan Chardonnet put through his own net to draw Troyes level. Brest were handed another chance to score from the spot and Steve Mounié made no mistake 13-minutes from time to hand Brest maximum points.