December 16, 2017 / 6:18 PM / 4 months ago

Soccer: Neymar in devastating form as PSG extend Ligue 1 lead

PARIS (Reuters) - Neymar scored two goals and set up two more as Paris St Germain extended their Ligue 1 lead to nine points with a 4-1 away demolition of Stade Rennais on Saturday.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Bayern Munich vs Paris St Germain - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - December 5, 2017 Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar looks on REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Neymar struck both sides of the interval and assisted Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani to score, putting PSG on 47 points from 18 games after second-placed Monaco hammered St Etienne 4-0 on Friday at Geoffroy Guichard.

Rennes, who finished with 10 men after Benjamin Andre was sent off in the 63rd minute, replied through Firmin Mubele and stayed sixth on 25 points.

Brazil forward Neymar quickly found the back of the net at Roazhon Park as he tapped in from Mbappe’s cross after only four minutes.

He returned the favour in the 17th minute by setting up Mbappe in the box, the French international doubling the tally from close range.

Eight minutes into the second half, Rennes reduced the arrears when Mubele finished it off after Morgan Amalfitano’s strike had struck the post.

But the home side were heavily penalised when Andre picked up a second yellow card.

In the 75th minute, Uruguay striker Cavani collected Neymar’s through ball before beating Tomas Koubek to score his 18th league goal in as many games.

Neymar rounded it off one minute later by latching on to Mbappe’s cross.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by Clare Fallon

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