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Kylian Mbappe and Neymar scored late goals to give Paris Saint- Germain a 2- 1 win over nearest challengers Lille on Friday as the French champions extended to 12 games their perfect start to the season at the end of a troubled day for the club .

The Qatari -owned club were forced to release a statement shortly before kick -off to deny allegations made by a Football Leaks investigation that they had worked with UEFA to cover up breaches of their Financial Fair Play ( FFP ) rules .

However Mbappe restored smiles at the Parc des Princes with a magnificent strike from just outside the box 20 minutes from time , and Neymar gave PSG a two - goal buffer before Nicolas Pepe pulled one back for the away side from the penalty spot.

PSG extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 11 points after a 12th straight league win that means they have now beaten Tottenham Hotspur ’ s old record for consecutive wins at the start of a season .

Spurs emerged victorious from their opening 11 matches in their double- winning 1960- 61 season, a performance that had stood since as a record in Europe’ s so - called big five leagues — Spain , England , Italy , Germany and France .

The result is a boost for PSG ahead of their crucial Champions League trip to Italy to face Napoli next Tuesday, when a defeat could leave Thomas Tuchel’ s side on the brink of an early exit .

“ We deserved the result and the win record.
Ligue 1 is not that easy . It is down to our hard work . We give everything on the field , ” skipper Thiago Silva told Canal Plus.

Mbappe was back in the PSG starting line- up after being left on the bench against Marseille last weekend for arriving late for the pre -game team talk , only to come on and score the opener in a 2- 0 win.

Marco Verratti also started , despite PSG confirming earlier on Friday that the Italian had been caught drink driving overnight Tuesday to Wednesday on the ring road around the French capital.
“ He told me before training on Wednesday.

It was on Tuesday night, it is not possible to do that two days before a match . It is not good what he did but it is something for the club to sort out, ” Tuchel said , adding that Verratti was “ lucky ” the incident did not happen closer to the game.

– Cavani absent –

PSG needed to put the off - field noise behind them but also try to break down a Lille side enjoying their best start to a season in 66 years .

Christophe Galtier ’ s side have been excellent in this campaign, but their lively attack did not give Gianluigi Buffon much to worry about on his return to the PSG line- up.

With Edinson Cavani not involved as he struggles to shake off a thigh injury , Mbappe and Neymar were the biggest threats to Lille throughout, after arriving at the stadium disguised as characters from the Netflix show Money Heist .

Neymar almost scored direct from a corner five minutes before half -time , with Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan doing well to get his body in the way of the ball and divert it onto the woodwork.

Mbappe had a shot deflected just wide as PSG stepped up the pressure after the break , and it was the 19- year- old who broke the deadlock in the 70th minute, beating Maignan after Neymar’ s pass was kindly deflected into his path by Jose Fonte.

That was his 11th goal in eight Ligue 1 games since winning the World Cup with France , and Neymar then got his ninth in the league this season to seal the win.

The Brazilian played a one -two with Mbappe before firing home from 18 yards with six minutes left , before Lille reduced the arrears in stoppage time, Pepe converting a penalty awarded for a Thilo Kehrer handball.

Montpellier can leapfrog Lille and go second if they beat Marseille on Sunday .



Source:- punchng.com/mbappe-neymar-steer-psg-to-new-win-record/

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