Mbappe double sends PSG top of Ligue 1

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Kylian Mbappe scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain won 4-2 at title rivals Lyon to move top of the French Ligue 1 on goal difference.

Earlier on Sunday, second-place Lille suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to relegation-threatened Nimes.

PSG took control on the road with first-half goals from Mbappe and midfielder Danilo against a surprisingly lackluster Lyon, who won 1-0 in the capital earlier this season.

Winger Angel Di Maria scored early in the second half with a free kick, before Marco Verratti's pass sent Mbappe through on goal and the star striker finished confidently before the hour for his 100th goal in the French top flight.

"We came here to win, we knew Lyon often cause problems for us," Mbappe said.

"They are a good side."

Substitute Islam Slimani pulled one back for Lyon on 62 minutes with a fine strike from the edge of the area, and winger Maxwel Cornet made it 4-2 in the 80th as PSG eased off.

There are eight games left in the closest title race for many years, with Lille visiting PSG on April 3 following the international break and fourth-place Monaco lurking just one point behind third-place Lyon.

Monaco, who Mbappe won the title with in 2017, have beaten PSG twice this season.

Brazilian Neymar substituted Mbappe for the last 20 minutes after five weeks out with a left adductor injury - good news for the Parisians who will need all of their superstars on deck for the Champions League quarter-final tie with defending champions Bayern Munich next month.

Lille paid the price for poor defending against struggling Nimes and couldn't prevent a third defeat of the season.

The visitors took an 11th-minute lead through striker Moussa Kone. Midfielder Xeka levelled in the 20th and Renaud Ripart wrapped up the scoring on the stroke of halftime.

Elsewhere, Nantes followed up their unexpected win at PSG last weekend by drawing 1-1 at home to Lorient in their relegation fight.

Lorient are 17th, Nimes 18th and Nantes 19th.

Lens won 2-1 at Strasbourg, Bordeaux lost 3-1 at Montpellier, last-place Dijon were beaten 1-0 by Reims, and Brest drew 0-0 with Angers.