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Mbappe scores as PSG win first game since Europe exit

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Paris St-Germain have scored 83 goals in 27 Ligue 1 games this season

Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel praised his side’s “good reaction” as they thrashed Dijon in their first game since exiting the Champions League.

Manchester United’s 3-1 win in Paris on 6 March saw PSG go out at the last-16 phase, losing on the away goals rule.

But they swept aside struggling Dijon with Marquinhos heading them ahead and Kylian Mbappe sliding in a second.

Angel di Maria scored with a free-kick and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting added a fourth from close range in injury time.

“It was a first step to show we could react like champions,” said Tuchel. “We still have objectives and we want to win the league and the cup.”

The victory took PSG 17 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, with them also having a game in hand on second-placed Lille as they are closing in on their second successive title – and sixth in seven years.

But the team’s main aim is European success and their elimination by United means they have gone out in the last 16 of the Champions League three years in a row.

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Earlier this week, Mbappe said he had been unable to sleep since that defeat, but he doubled his side’s lead against Dijon from Layvin Kurzawa cross after Marquinhos had earlier glanced in a header from Di Maria’s corner.

The Argentine’s 22-yard curling free-kick made it 3-0 and Thomas Meunier set up Choupo-Moting to seal the routine victory, PSG’s sixth successive Ligue 1 win.

Marcus Rashford’s controversial injury-time penalty had knocked PSG out of Europe and Tuchel was still unhappy about that decision after the Dijon match.

“We must accept that result was an accident,” said Tuchel of the loss to the Red Devils. “I want our supporters to show we’re all together, that’s the only thing to do.

“One VAR decision must not change that. The supporters are disappointed, like us, but now is the time to stay calm and maintain confidence in this team.”

Source: bbc.com

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