Kylian Mbappe displayed clinical finishing, securing a remarkable hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain triumphed 3-0 against high-flying Reims on Saturday, propelling them to the summit of the Ligue 1 table.
In the third minute, Mbappe initiated the scoring in the Champagne region and later added two more goals in the second half, securing a decisive victory that elevated the reigning champions to the top, one point ahead of Nice, who drew against Montpellier on Friday.
Gianluigi Donnarumma, PSG’s goalkeeper, played a crucial role in denying Reims any chance of a comeback with a series of outstanding saves. This victory came as a rebound from PSG’s midweek Champions League loss to AC Milan.
Mbappe, currently Ligue 1’s top scorer with 13 goals in 11 appearances this season, expressed his objective to contribute both in scoring and overall team performance. Reflecting on the rebound from the Milan setback, Mbappe emphasized the team’s focus on winning and securing the top spot in Ligue 1.
Despite the recent Champions League defeat that left their qualification prospects uncertain, PSG seems to have regained momentum domestically after a sluggish start to the season.
Luis Enrique’s team aimed for a fifth consecutive victory in Ligue 1, with Mbappe scoring early on from Ousmane Dembele’s precise cross. Reims had a goal disallowed for offside, and Donnarumma’s stellar saves, including denying Amir Richardson, kept PSG in control.
Even without the suspended Achraf Hakimi and Randal Kolo Muani, PSG extended their lead as Mbappe capitalized on a well-timed assist from Carlos Soler. Donnarumma’s excellence continued with crucial saves against Marshall Munetsi.
Mbappe completed his hat-trick with a goal from Bradley Barcola’s cutback, securing a 3-0 victory. PSG’s domestic resurgence contrasts with their Champions League challenges, and with the top spot in Ligue 1 secured, they can now shift their focus back to European competition.
Meanwhile, Nice remains undefeated this season, and Monaco, in third place, has an opportunity to surpass them on goal difference in the late Saturday game against Le Havre. Reims maintains their fourth-place position in the league standings.