Paris (AFP) In Ligue 1, Kylian Mbappe celebrated turning 25 by scoring two braces as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Metz 3-1.
on Wednesday to take a five-point lead at the top of the table and reach the season's halfway mark.
At the Parc des Princes, Vitinha gave PSG the lead early in the second half. Mbappe then made it 2-0 with a fantastic drive that went in off the underside of the crossbar.
The struggling visitors' Matthieu Udol managed to pull one back, but Mbappe pounced on a short backpass to round the goalkeeper and make it 3-1 as the game came to a close.
His birthday was made even more memorable when his 16-year-old brother Ethan came on for his senior debut in stoppage time.
PSG therefore ended the year with a comfortable five-point cushion over nearest challengers Nice, who defeated Lens 2-0 on Wednesday thanks to two late goals from Nigerian striker Terem Moffi.
Monaco are seven points behind the leaders in third place after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Toulouse, with Wissam Ben Yedder scoring both of their goals.
Meanwhile, Lyon climbed out of the bottom three as they beat Nantes 1-0 thanks to an Alexandre Lacazette goal to claim their third consecutive victory.
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