Guingamp 2 – 1 Lyon
Dijon 2 – 0 Caen
Lille 1 – 2 Angers
Monaco 5 – 0 Metz
Nancy 0 – 3 Montpellier
Toulouse 4 – 1 SC Bastia
Kylian Mbappe scored his first Ligue 1 hat-trick as Monaco thrashed Metz to restore a three-point lead over Paris St-Germain at the top of the table.
The 18-year-old, who is being watched by Arsenal,steered in his first from Radamel Falcao’s header down.
Falcao turned in a second before Mbappe cut in from the left to make it 3-0.
The teenager slotted in anothe
r to become Ligue 1’s youngest hat-trick scorer since Jeremy Menez for Sochaux in 2005, before Falcao added a fifth.
Mbappe’s hat-trick was his second at senior level in all competitions – having hit three in a 7-0 win over Rennes in the Coupe de France in December.
It was the perfect response from Leonardo Jardim’s side, after PSG had moved level on points with them by winning 3-0 at Bordeauxon Friday.
The one setback for Monaco was an injury to Gabriel Boschilia, whose through pass set up Mbappe’s hat-trick goal.
Boschilia was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury after being caught by a challenge from Metz defender Jonathan Rivierez.
Nice, in third place, visit Rennes on Sunday.
Fourth-placed Olympique Lyonnais’ indifferent form continued as they were beaten 2-1 away at Guingamp with goals from Moustapha Diallo and Nicolas Benezet cancelling out Alexandre Lacazette’s opener.
Lyon were once again let down by poor defending.
Lacazette finished off a neat team move in the first half, curling the ball in after fellow forward Nabil Fekir cleverly let Jeremy Morel’s cross run through his legs.
Lacazette reached the 20-goal mark for the third straight season.
Lyon’s much-vaunted attack is performing well this season, but the defense is not.
Midfielder Moustapha Diallo equalized for the home side in the 31st as Lyon failed to deal with a cross into the penalty area, and three minutes later the visitors were trailing as midfielder Nicolas Benezet headed in Yannis Salibur’s cross from the left.
Lyon’s fifth defeat in the last seven games left it well adrift of a Champions League place, and keeping its fourth place could prove hard with Saint-Etienne and Marseille pressing strongly. They are four points behind Lyon and play on Sunday, with Saint-Etienne at home to last-placed Lorient and Marseille away to Nantes.
Angers SCO bagged a welcome away win 2-1 in Lille as goals from Pierrick Capelle and Romain Thomas proved too much for LOSC, who sit on the brink of the drop zone on the back of three consecutive league defeats.
Angers took the lead wheb Pierrick Capelle produced the perfect header to nod Thomas Mangani’s free-kick home.
But Yves Bissouma got the home side right back into it with a stunning effort – his first in Ligue 1.
Romain Thomas surged past Adama Soumaoro to head home the winner
The 20-year-old Malian received the ball 30 metres out and instinctively turned and shot powerfully.
January signing Andy Delort made it three goals in three games and strike partner Martin Braithwaite netted twice as ninth-place Toulouse beat Bastia 4-1.
Two of the visitors were sent off in the second half.
Prince Oniangue pulled one back for Bastia.
But Braithwaite scored his third, before Issa Diop wrapped up the victory with Toulouse’ fourth goal.
Isaac Mbenza’s first Ligue 1 goals helped Montpellier to their first away win of the season, 3-0 at struggling Nancy.
Jean-Louis Gasset has won two of his three Ligue 1 games since succeeding Frédéric Hantz on the Montpellier bench and this success took the 2012 champions above Nancy in the table.
Montpellier now have a five-point cushion over the bottom three, while Nancy – beaten for the third time in four – are a mere two points above Caen.
Youssef Aït-Bennasser’s early shot for Nancy moved in the air and forced Laurent Pionnier to box it away. Five minutes after the goalkeeper’s save, Mbenza had his first of the night, side-footing a Jérôme Roussillon cross past Sergey Chernik.
Club top scorer Steve Mounié scored his ninth of the season in the 19thminute to give Montpellier breathing space. Nancy allowed Ryad Boudebouz space on the right and the Algerian international picked out Mounié’s head.
Nancy had a couple of opportunities at the end of the first period but the game was well and truly up when Mbenza scored his second on the hour. Boudebouz set the speedster free and the former Valenciennes attacker unleashed a powerful shot that flew into the net.
Dijon took an important step away from the drop zone with a 2-0 win over Caen.
Mehdi Abeid opened the scoring.
While, Lois Diony claiming an assist and a goal to clinch the promoted side’s second win in six and send the Normandy side into the bottom three.