February 4, 2020 / 11:02 PM / 17 days ago

PSG march on as Icardi rediscovers scoring touch

PARIS (Reuters) - Mauro Icardi rediscovered his scoring touch to help Paris St Germain beat Nantes 2-1 away as the French champions continued their march towards the Ligue 1 title on Tuesday.

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Nantes v Paris St Germain - The Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau, Nantes, France - February 4, 2020 Paris St Germain's Mauro Icardi in action REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Icardi, who had not scored in his last six competitive games, found the back of the net just before the half hour and Thilo Kehrer added another after the break before Moses Simon reduced the arrears for Nantes in the 68th.

PSG moved to 58 points from 23 games and lead second-placed Olympique de Marseille, who play at St Etienne on Wednesday, by 15 points.

Nantes slipped down to 10th on 32 points.

An early Loic Remy goal earned fourth-placed Lille, now on 37 points, a 1-0 home victory against third-placed Stade Rennais as they narrowed the gap with the Brittany side to three points.

Three days after showing his frustration at being substituted in a 5-0 Ligue 1 win against Montpellier, France striker Kylian Mbappe started alongside Icardi, with Neymar missing the game due to a minor rib injury.

Icardi, who had last scored with a treble in a 6-1 demolition of St Etienne in the League Cup quarter-finals almost a month ago, found the back of the net in the 29th minute, deflecting home an Angel di Maria shot.

PSG have now scored in their last 31 away games in Ligue 1, just one shy of the French top-flight record set by Sedan between 1957-59.

Kehrer doubled the lead in the 57th minute, heading in a Di Maria corner for PSG’s 100th goal in all competitions this season.

Simon pulled one back by scoring from close range after benefiting from a defensive blunder by Presnel Kimpembe, but PSG were still a cut above as they claimed their 10th win in their last 11 league matches.

Elsewhere, Monaco won their first Ligue 1 game of the year by beating visiting Angers 1-0 courtesy of a first-half Stevan Jovetic goal, that moved them up to ninth on 32 points.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis

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