Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi lit up the 87th edition of Le Classique in Ligue 1, leading Paris Saint-Germain to a dominant 3-0 win over Olympique de Marseille that strengthened their stronghold on top spot.
Not only were bragging rights at stake for these bitter rivals, but PSG arrived at the Stade Vélodrome a mere five points above their unwelcoming hosts atop the table, making this arguably the biggest game of the Ligue 1 season.
Latching onto a perfectly-weighted pass from Messi, Mbappé clinically finished to claim the status of Ligue 1’s standalone top goalscorer.
The devastating duo combined again just four minutes later, as Mbappé’s superb pass was met by a supremely intelligent run from Messi, giving the Argentine a simple finish.
There was no such wastefulness at the other end, as Messi’s beautifully dinked pass teed up a sublime finish from Mbappé, who joined Edinson Cavani as PSG’s joint all-time top goalscorer on 200 goals.
Donnarumma then had a big moment of his own, making a strong double-stop to deny Sánchez and end his run of eight matches without a clean sheet.
Donnarumma made another impressive save to deny Vitinha late on, as PSG comfortably recovered from defeats in their last three away Ligue 1 games against top five teams to earn a vital victory and go eight points clear.