Paris St-Germain beat Lille 2-1 to make their 12th consecutive win of the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 season breaking Tottenham’s 58-year-old European record for most wins at the beginning of the season in Europe’s top five leagues. The previous record held by Spurs was an 11-match run in 1960-61.
The victory over the second-place side also extended the champions lead at the top to 11 points. Third-placed Montpellier, who are a further three points adrift, play Marseille at home on Sunday.
Mbappé lit up the match with a brilliant goal, his 11th of the season, when he took a through ball in his stride and buried a delightful curling shot past Mike Maignan in the 70th minute.
Neymar made it 2-0 with a clinical finish in the 84th minute before Nicolas Pepe netted a stoppage-time penalty for Lille, who matched the home side for long spells with an adventurous approach and incisive passing.
PSG always looked more threatening, though, as Mbappé went close with a low shot before Maignan denied Angel Di María from close range and Brazilian defender Marquinhos headed over the bar following a corner.
Thomas Meunier fired high after a dazzling run by Mbappé and Maignan again rescued Lille with two good saves in the closing stages of the first half.
Mbappé broke the deadlock with lethal precision. Later, Maignan did well to block Marco Verrati’s shot before Neymar drilled in the second for PSG, who then conceded a clumsy penalty as one of their defenders needlessly handled the ball. Pepe blasted the spot-kick past Gianluigi Buffon into the top corner, however, Lille ran out of time to force a draw.