Mbappe scores in record time as Ligue 1 hits red cards high

Paris Saint-Germain’s French striker Kylian Mbappe (3rdL) celebrates with his team mates after scoring his team’s sixth goal. Photo: AFP


Paris Saint-Germain’s French striker Kylian Mbappe (3rdL) celebrates with his team mates after scoring his team’s sixth goal. Photo: AFP

Treble star Kylian Mbappe equaled a Ligue 1 record by scoring after just eight seconds in Lille to put Paris Saint-Germain on course for a 7-1 victory on Sunday as the division reached a modern high with 11 red cards in a weekend. .

Mbappe equaled a 30-year record when he burst into space, collected a pass from Lionel Messi and stunned Lille goalkeeper Leo Jardim with a lob to score his second league goal of the season.

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The goal matched Michel Rio’s strike for Caen against Cannes on February 15, 1992, although statisticians MisterChip calculated Rio was slightly faster, scoring after 7.9 seconds to Mbappe’s 8.3.

Mbappe then hit a post in the face of an open goal, but Messi, Achraf Hakimi and Neymar all scored before half-time as PSG ripped through the only other club to win the French title in the past five seasons.

Stories of tension between two of PSG’s superstars, Mbappe and Neymar, had swirled around the club this week, but the Brazilian scored twice and Mbappe three times.

Neymar added a fifth early in the second half. After Jonathan Bamba responded for Lille, Mbappe struck twice, set up twice by Neymar.

The match ended on a weekend where French football saw red, as the referees applied a new “order of firmness”.

After Monaco’s Vanderson and Marseille’s Samuel Gigot were sent off on Saturday, there were nine more reds on Sunday, setting the single-round record in Ligue 1 for the past 30 years, according to statistics firm Opta.

There were also seven reds in Ligue 2, including three for Saint-Etienne who lost 6-0 at home to Le Havre.

The last two reds on Sunday came to Rennes, where, despite a warning from their coach, Ajaccio finished with 10 men as Lesley Ugochukwu, who had only come on as a substitute five minutes earlier for Ajaccio, was shown red in additional time.

“Seeing the matches earlier in the day, I had the feeling that the referees had received firm instructions. I warned my players,” said Ajaccio coach Olivier Pantaloni.

Hosts Rennes, who won 2-1, lost substitute goalkeeper Romain Salin to two yellow cards in quick succession for arguing from the touchline.

“The spectacle was perhaps more the red cards than the game this afternoon,” complained Rennes coach Bruno Genesio.

“It’s a bit weird. It’s unfortunate. Because it skews matches,” Genesio said.

In Clermont, Saif-Eddine Khaoui scored the only goal against a struggling Nice in the fifth minute.

The visitors, who have not won this season, lost Mario Lemina in the 80th minute and Jean-Clair Todibo two minutes later.

– ‘Entretuées’ –

There were four red cards at Montpellier as Auxerre picked up their first Ligue 1 victory since May 2012.

Montpellier midfielder Khalil Fayad was sent off in the 46th minute and Auxerre striker M’Baye Niang in the 51st.

After Mathias Autret scored a winning penalty, Nuno Da Costa and then Montpellier midfielder Teji Savanier were sent off.

“There were four expulsions. It’s heavy in a game without extreme violence,” said Auxerre coach Jean-Marc Furlan.

“In our time, when we played, we killed each other. There was never a yellow or a red. UEFA changed all that because there were serious injuries like (Diego) Maradona or (Marco) Van Basten,” said the former defender, who played for a string of French clubs from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s.

“We lost our two centre-forwards because of the reds. We will play like Barca. We will play without a centre-forward.”

Montpellier coach Olivier Dall’Oglio agreed.

“There are red cards that are shown very quickly, there are penalties that are called very quickly,” Dall’Oglio said.

“There are always new instructions. There is always new severity, but it will fade over the days.”

Angers lost 3-1 at home to Brest after losing Halid Sabanovic to a direct red in the 35th minute.

“It was tough,” coach Gerald Baticle said.

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