PSG rout bitter rivals Marseille 4-0 but Mbappe injured


Nice's Swiss defender #23 Jordan Lotomba (L) fights for the ball with Paris Saint-Germain's French forward #07 Kylian Mbappe (R) during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at The Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on September 15, 2023. 

Forwards Randal Kolo Muani and Goncalo Ramos have scored their first goals for Paris Saint-Germain in a 4-0 home rout of Marseille in the French league but the victory was marred by star striker Kylian Mbappe getting injured.

Mbappe limped off in the 32nd minute after taking a blow to the left ankle earlier in Sunday's game and trying to play on. He was able to walk off the field at Parc des Princes.

PSG coach Luis Enrique said Mbappe's injury was not serious.

"He was in a bit of pain and it was difficult for him to play," he told broadcaster Amazon. "It was wiser to take him off, but it's just a blow."

Kolo Muani became the third-most expensive signing in PSG's history when he joined in the final hours of the transfer window from German club Eintracht Frankfurt. Ramos is on a season-long loan from Benfica with an option to buy next June.

The win moved defending champions PSG up to third place with 11 points from six games, ahead of Monaco on goal difference. PSG are one point behind second-place Nice and two adrift of surprise leaders Brest after six games.

Marseille dropped to seventh after their first league defeat.

Marseille have been in crisis after yet another managerial upheaval rocked the club this week, with Spanish coach Marcelino stepping down.

Right back Achraf Hakimi put PSG ahead in the eighth minute with a powerful free kick from the right side of the penalty area. Portugal forward Vitinha hit the crossbar with a header for Marseille midway through the first half.

After that chance, PSG dominated.

Kolo Muani struck in the 37th when Hakimi's shot came back off the post and was deflected somewhat fortuitously into his path by Marseille goalkeeper Pau Lopez.

Ramos, who came on for Mbappe, made it 3-0 two minutes into the second half when he headed in Ousmane Dembele's cross. His second came in the 89th from Kolo Muani's assist.

Earlier, Lens rallied to beat Toulouse 2-1 at home for their first win of the season and moved off the bottom.

The northern side finished second and only one point behind Paris Saint-Germain in a remarkable campaign last season, but sold their two best players and have struggled to adapt.

After midfielder Cesar Gelabert put Toulouse in front in the 33rd minute, forward Wesley Said equalised with a neat half-volley in first-half stoppage time. Striker Morgan Guilavogui grabbed the winner in the 84th as Lens moved up to 16th spot.

Eighth-place Rennes remain unbeaten but were held for the fifth time this season in a 0-0 draw at Montpellier.

In other matches, midfielder Habib Diarra's late goal gave Strasbourg a 1-0 win at Metz, and Le Havre scored twice inside the first seven minutes in a 2-1 win against Clermont, who dropped to last place.

Brest beat lowly Lyon 1-0 on Saturday, and Nice won 1-0 at Monaco on Friday.

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