PSG's World Cup stars thrive in 5-0 win

Paris Saint-Germain's stars have come through their final game before the World Cup unscathed, with France forward Kylian Mbappe opening the scoring in the unbeaten league leaders' 5-0 home win against Auxerre.

Argentina's Lionel Messi, Brazil's Neymar and Mbappe all started against Auxerre as PSG maintained their five-point lead over second-place Lens.

Messi and Neymar were substituted with about 15 minutes left but Mbappe played the full match, despite coming off near the end last weekend with muscle fatigue.

Mbappe joins up with defending champions France's squad on Monday before flying out to Qatar on Wednesday.

"As soon as my players had made the difference, I focused on managing them," PSG coach Christophe Galthie said. "I quickly made changes to protect them."

PSG rested Brazil defender Marquinhos.

PSG's players did not hold back against Auxerre, despite the fear of a late injury, with the opening goal coming after 10 minutes through Mbappe.

Carlos Soler, Achraf Hakimi, Renato Sanches and Hugo Ekitike scored PSG's other goals.

"I ask the people I work with to be demanding, not to fall into a comfort zone ... We had to win, Lens has been on an incredible run," Galthie said.

"I wanted to pick the most competitive team possible. The players responded very well today, we were serious and diligent."

Central defender Presnel Kimpembe, who has played only one hour of football since sustaining a hamstring injury on September 18, was on the bench for Paris and came on for the last 15 minutes.

Kimpembe, who helped Les Bleus win the 2018 World Cup, is in France's injury-hit squad.

"I had it in mind for him to play today," Galthie said. "I didn't want to start him because it's a long time since he played."

In Monaco, defender Sead Kolasinac scored in the eighth minute of added time as Marseille won 3-2 to remain one point behind third-place Rennes.

Elsewhere, Nigeria striker Terem Moffi notched his 10th goal of the season as fifth-place Lorient drew 1-1 at struggling Strasbourg, who grabbed a point through striker Habib Diallo's 87th-minute strike.

Lille won 1-0 at home to bottom-side Angers with central defender Tiago Djalo scoring late in the first half, while Montpellier could thank an added-time equaliser from Sacha Delaye for their 1-1 draw with Reims.

Nantes rallied from 2-0 down in the last 20 minutes to draw 2-2 at home with Ajaccio, and Brest moved above Auxerre into 16th place with a 2-1 home victory against Troyes.

The French league will now take a World Cup break and resumes on December 28.