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PSG beats Lyon without Mbappé and moves closer to the Ligue 1 title

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Paris Saint-Germain is on the brink of winning another French Ligue 1 title after beating Lyon 4-1 on Sunday, the same figure that saw them beat Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek.

All the goals came in the first half at the Parc des Princes, with Nemanja Matic’s own goal and Lucas Beraldo’s effort putting PSG two up inside six minutes.

Goncalo Ramos then scored twice either side of an Ernest Nuamah strike as the Parisians cruised to victory despite the resting Kylian Mbappe spending the evening on the bench.

PSG, who have not lost a Ligue 1 match since September, are now 11 points ahead of second-placed Monaco with just five games of the season remaining.

It means they will secure a tenth French title in twelve seasons if they win at Lorient on Wednesday in a rearranged match and Monaco fail to beat Lille at the same time.

Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele were both rested by PSG coach Luis Enrique as he made five changes to the side that started last Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Lyon have enjoyed a remarkable revival in recent months under new coach Pierre Sage and are still hoping to qualify for Europe after being bottom of the table at the end of November.

However, they were blown away when Matic diverted Marco Asensio’s cutback into his own goal inside three minutes and Brazilian defender Beraldo converted a corner three minutes later.

Ramos headed in Achraf Hakimi’s cross to make it 3-0 just after the half-hour mark, although Ghanaian star Nuamah cut in from the right flank and pulled the ball back for Lyon shortly afterwards.

Ramos restored PSG’s three-goal lead with a fine move just before half-time for his 13th of the season in all competitions.

That wrapped up the scoring, and whatever happens in midweek, PSG will hope to be confirmed as title winners before they travel to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final on May 1.

Lyon are one point off seventh place, which will be enough to qualify for Europe if they cannot beat PSG when the teams meet again in the French Cup final at the end of May.