With Kylian Mbappe scoring twice as the French champions moved top of the Ligue 1 standings on Friday ahead of their Champions League opener against Manchester United, Paris St Germain left it late to wrap up a 4-0 victory at ten-man Nimes. Before the break, Mbappe opened the scoring and joined Alessandro Florenzi and Pablo Sarabia in the final 12 minutes in netting to place PSG on 15 points from seven games, four days before hosting United at the Parc des Princes.
After the Brittany side were kept to a 1-1 draw at bottom club Dijon, they lead Stade Rennes on goal difference.
After 12 minutes, when Loick Landre was red carded, Nimes, who was 13th on eight points, was reduced to 10 players.
PSG lost to a thigh injury to Leandro Paredes, who was substituted by Ander Herrera, before Landre was sent off for a risky Rafinha challenge.
On 32 minutes, Mbappe broke the deadlock, going around keeper Baptiste Reynet before driving the ball into the empty target.
PSG, however, lacked the artistic touch of Neymar as he rested for the trip south after returning to Brazil from international service.
But Nimes had nothing to give, and PSG finally made their dominance count, despite being without the suspended Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria and the wounded Marco Verratti and Juan Bernat.
Italy’s international Florenzi doubled the count to 78 minutes on loan from AS Roma with a header before Mbappe scored again five minutes later after Sarabia had set up.
After Italy’s international Moise Kean, on loan from Everton, hit the bar with a header on his PSG debut, the Spaniard rounded it off with two minutes remaining.