PARIS: Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe both scored hat-tricks as Paris Saint-Germain thrashed bottom club Guingamp 9-0 in the French league and thus avenge their shock cup quarter-final defeat 10 days earlier.
Neymar (two) and Thomas Meunier scored the other goals whch restored PSG’s 13-point advantage over second-placed Lille, who beat Amiens on Friday. Thomas Tuchel’s men also have two games in hand. Guingamp failing to record a single shot on target in the 90 minutes.
Thierry Henry’s Monaco suffered a 5-1 home defeat against Strasbourg as their battle to avoid relegation from the top-flight looks increasingly bleak. Monaco did not recover from the seventh-minute dismissal of defender Naldo for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, as goals from Ludovic Ajorque and Adrien Thomasson gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.
Radamel Falcao reduced the deficit on 22 minutes but Monaco fell apart after the break, despite Strasbourg also being reduced to 10 men in the 69th minute following Stefan Mitrovic’s red card. Ibrahima Sissoko made it 3-1, Ajorque added his second and Youssouf Fofana completed a comfortable win for Strasbourg with the fifth in added time.
In Spain Real Madrid breathed new life into their stuttering season as they secured a 2-0 LaLiga victory at home against Sevilla. Having wasted multiple goalscoring chances they were on course to drop further points, and leave their manager Santiago Solari under increasing pressure, until Casemiro brilliantly curled in from long range in the 78th minute and Luka Modric added a late second.
While they are still to join the title race led by Barcelona, the three points earned maintain the pressure on cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid, who are second and won 3-0 at Huesca, and also take them three points clear of Sevilla, who fall to fourth.
Even in the absence of the injured Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio, Solari kept the talented Isco among his substitutes, but was rewarded with an encouraging start in which Karim Benzema often threatened.
In Germany Borussia Dortmund restored their six-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 victory at RB Leipzig.
A 3-1 win for closest challengers and defending champions Bayern Munich, at Hoffenheim on Friday, had narrowed the gap between them but Axel Witsel’s first-half finish gave Dortmund three vital points as they resumed their title challenge after the winter break.
Defeat left fourth-placed Leipzig five points outside of the top three and behind Borussia Monchengladbach, who also secured a 1-0 away victory, at Bayer Leverkusen.
In Italy third-placed Inter Milan missed the chance of putting pressure on the teams above them as they were held to a goalless draw by Sassuolo at the San Siro.
In a match played behind closed doors as a punishment for racist chanting, the visitors had the better chances and Inter had keeper Samir Handanovic to thank for saving them a point.
After a low-key first period Handanovic kept his side level early in the second half with a superb save to deny Kevin Prince-Boateng’s point-blank header.
Substitute Stephan El Shaarawy struck the winner as Roma edged to a 3-2 victory over Torino. El Shaarawy had been introduced in the sixth minute after Cengiz Under pulled up with a thigh strain and had to be replaced.
Nicolo Zaniolo scored a memorable opener for the hosts in the 15th minute and an Aleksandar Kolarov penalty doubled Roma’s lead just past the half-hour mark. But Torino rallied with Tomas Rincon reducing the deficit in the 51st minute and Cristian Ansaldi levelling with a 67th-minute volley only for El Shaarawy to stroke in the winner six minutes later.