PARIS, December 5 (Xinhua) – French striker Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to score his 100th goal for Paris Saint-Germain when the defending champions beat Montpellier 3-1 after an uphill climb on Saturday.
The milestone goal came in the stoppage time of the match when Layvin Kurzawa’s post set up for Mbappe’s easy finish.
The 21-year-old achieved the feat in just 137 games since arriving in Paris in 2017 and is now tied for third place by the club’s leading scorers with Dominique Rocheteau, who got his century in 255 appearances in the 1980s.
Uruguay’s striker Edinson Cavani leads the list with 200 goals while the Swedish great Zlatan Ibrahimovic is second with 156.
Colin Dagba opened the scoring for PSG on La Mosson’s pitch, but the lead was interrupted by English forward Stephy Mavididi through a counterattack just seven minutes later. Mavididi could have equalized a second before the break but his shot from close range was denied by Keylor Navas.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have just claimed a major Champions League victory at Old Trafford three days before, and the German coach chose to rest some of his top players including Neymar and Marco Verratti in the domestic league ahead of their crucial Champions League match against Istanbul. Basaksehir on Tuesday.
Moise Kean put PSG in front again in the 77th minute with a rocket finish close before Mbappe hit a Kurzawa cross to lock it 3-1 in 91st place.
The win helped PSG extend the lead in the table to four points compared to second place Marseille, but with two more games played.
In the second match on Saturday, the early league front runner Rennes hosted Lens but was beaten by the promoting side 2-0 to see their unprofitable run extend to seven matches in all competitions.
Rennes have only won one victory in their last 13 matches and suffered a four-match losing streak in the Champions League to rank bottom in Group E.