Ligue 1: Kylian Mbappe helps Paris Saint-Germain come from behind to beat Caen
Last Updated: 03/03/19 9:35am
Two goals from Kylian Mbappe allowed Paris St Germain to come from behind to beat Caen 2-1 on Saturday and stretch their lead in Ligue 1 to 20 points.
The French champions were made to work for the three points after Casimir Ninga put the home side in front in the 56th minute. PSG quickly responded through Mbappes penalty before the 20-year-old struck the winner three minutes from time.
Thomas Tuchels side, who face Manchester United in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, were denied by the woodwork on three occasions during the first half, while Caen striker Enzo Crivelli also saw a header come back off the crossbar.
Ninga put Caen in front when he volleyed home the ball in a well-worked set-piece routine but PSG went level three minutes later after Younn Zahary conceded a penalty for handball that Mbappe dispatched.
Angel Di Maria came close to putting PSG in front when he headed off the post from close range minutes later, but Mbappe sealed the points with a tap-in after Thomas Meunier's shot was blocked by a defender on the line but fell into the path of the striker.
The result leaves PSG on 71 points at the summit of Ligue 1, 20 clear of second-placed Lille, while Caen remain deep in relegation trouble in 18th place, four points adrift of safety.
Radamel Falcao scored twice as Monaco came from behind to clinch a 2-2 draw with Angers to pull six points clear of the relegation zone.
Flavien Tait doubled his goal tally for the season to four with two goals to put the hosts into a commanding half-time lead.
Aleksandr Golovin set up Falcao four minutes after the resumption to halve the deficit, before the former Chelsea and Manchester United striker netted a penalty after a foul by Ismael Traore.
Monaco stay 16th in the table while Angers are 12th, 14 points above the drop zone.
Amiens failed to take advantage of the principality club dropping points after surrendering a handsome lead of their own at top-four chasing Reims.
Moussa Konata's penalty and Cheick Timite's goal on the stroke of the break gave Christophe Pelissier's side the advantage.
Boulaye Dia got one back on 70 minutes before 21-year-old Mathieu Cafaro popped up six minutes from time to grab a point.
Reims are just a point behind fourth place Saint Etienne but Amiens are now five above the bottom three.