PSG and Monaco among Ligue 1 winners\

Dec 9, 2017 - 9:40 PM Runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain have returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over struggling Lille.

PSG suffered their first defeat in any competition this season to Strasbourg last weekend and then lost to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

It was the first time since December 2014 that PSG had lost back-to-back matches.

They never really looked like slipping to a third-straight loss.

Angel Di Maria put them ahead in the 28th minute and Javier Pastore doubled their advantage four minutes after the break.

Anwar El Ghazi created the possibility of an exciting finish by pulling one back for Lille four minutes from time but Kylian Mbappe grabbed a very late third for the hosts.

Guido Carrillo scored twice in the final six minutes as Monaco came from two down to defeat Troyes 3-2.

The reigning champions looked set for a shock defeat when Suk Hyun-jun netted for Troyes in the 25th and 50th minutes.

Monaco dominated chances and possession but did not make a breakthrough until Mathieu Deplagne's own goal 20 minutes from time.

That proved too long for Troyes to hold out and Carrillo equalised in the 84th minute before netting the winner four minutes later.

The result kept Monaco within striking distance of PSG, who are nine points ahead.

Bottom side Metz were denied a second win of the season by a late equaliser from high-flying Rennes.

Florent Mollet scored the opener four minutes before half-time and Metz held on until the 86th minute, when Firmin Mubele made it 1-1.

Guingamp were the biggest winners of the day, fully exploiting an early red card for Dijon to ease to a 4-0 victory.

Oussama Haddadi was sent off after only 12 minutes and Guingamp were two up at half-time through goals from Jimmy Briand and Yannis Salibur.

The hosts kept their foot down in the second half and extended their advantage through Marcus Coco and Christophe Kerbrat.

Struggling Toulouse claimed a 2-0 victory over Caen to climb above Lille and out of the bottom three.

An own goal from Damien Da Silva in the 61st minute gave the hosts a leg up and Max-Alain Gradel's penalty 16 minutes from time clinched the points.

Second-from-bottom Angers held seventh-placed Montpellier to a 1-1 draw.

Karl Toko Ekambi quickly cancelled out Isaac Mbenza's 51st minute opener.

Source: AAP

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