Football: Kylian Mbappe blasts Paris St-Germain past Nantes, Thierry Henry's Monaco plumb new depths

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe celebrating after scoring against Nantes during the L1 football match on Dec 23, 2018.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe celebrating after scoring against Nantes during the L1 football match on Dec 23, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Kylian Mbappe stole a winner as Paris Saint-Germain beat Nantes 1-0 on Saturday (Dec 22) to go into the winter break unbeaten in the French Ligue 1, as Thierry Henry's suffered defeat by rock-bottom Guingamp on Saturday.

World Cup star Mbappe stole in at the far post in the 67th minute for his 13th league goal of the season, making him France's top scorer with Neymar away on holidays in Brazil.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel can also go on holiday relaxed with his club on 47 points, as second-placed Lille, 13 points adrift, lost 2-1 at home to Toulouse.

With Neymar away, Angel di Maria was in the line-up and came close to making it 2-0, forcing a fine save from Ciprian Tatarusanu, who then watched the Argentinian hit the crossbar from the rebound.

Meanwhile, third-placed Lyon drew 1-1 at fourth-placed Montpellier after opening the scoring thanks to their captain Nabil Fekir, before a great header from Ruben Aguilar gave the surprise-package southerners a share of the spoils.

Henry's Monaco were dreadful and the former Arsenal striker spat on the ground after Nolan Roux of Guingamp made fools of the Monaco defence to make it 2-0.

Monaco were champions in 2017 but now have only 13 points from 18 matches, just two more than Guingamp.

Strasbourg paid homage to the victims of a terror attack that killed five people on Dec 11 in their first home game since, as they won 2-0 against Nice.

Meanwhile, Marseille, in sixth, drew 1-1 at Brittany outfit Angers and fifth-placed Sant-Etienne beat Dijon 3-0.