European round-up: PSG bounce back from Real defeat to thrash Metz 5-0
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European round-up: PSG bounce back from Real defeat to thrash Metz 5-0

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Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid by trouncing Ligue 1’s bottom side, Metz, 5-0.

The last-16 exit has led to speculation about Unai Emery’s future but they continued their march towards another domestic title.

Christopher Nkunku made it three goals in two games with a double while Thomas Meunier, Kylian Mbappé and Thiago Silva also found the net.

PSG had to wait less than five minutes for the opening goal, Meunier finding the bottom corner after Mbappé’s shot was blocked.

Nkunku then struck twice in nine minutes and Mbappé made it four before half-time, with Thiago heading in a late fifth to complete a resounding win that restored PSG’s 14-point lead at the top.

Robert Lewandowski hit a hat-trick as Bayern Munich restored their 20-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a comfortable 6-0 victory over Hamburg.

In Hamburg’s last three league visits to the Allianz Arena Bernd Hollerbach’s side had shipped 21 goals and Franck Ribéry set up another difficult afternoon with a tap-in on eight minutes.

Lewandowski hit a quickfire double to put the hosts 3-0 up inside 18 minutes before Arjen Robben curled in a shot after the restart.

A stunning solo goal from Ribéry moved Bayern 5-0 clear before Lewandowski blazed over a late penalty, only for the Poland international to slot home a second spot-kick in the 90th minute to seal his treble and landmark 100th Bundesliga goal for the Bavarian club.

Hamburg, who have competed in every season of the Bundesliga, remain seven points from a safe position after Wolfsburg fell to a 3-0 defeat at Hoffenheim.

Goals by Nico Schulz, Serge Gnabry and an own goal from Josuha Guilavogui helped Hoffenheim seal all three points.

Augsburg moved four points off the European places with a 3-1 win at Hannover, with two goals from Michael Gregoritsch and one from Gojko Kacar.

Freiburg moved five points clear of the relegation zone after playing out a goalless draw at mid-table Hertha Berlin.